Andy Warhol’s Empire returns to its iconic New York setting for anniversary celebration

The 50th anniversary of Andy Warhol’s groundbreaking film Empire is being marked by a month-long special exhibition at the very building that is the namesake and sole image of the epic work. Throughout July, Empire is being continuously shown in the Fifth Avenue lobby of New York City’s Empire State Building. The exhibition also features images of Warhol’s art and details of his life and filmmaking. Additionally, on the evening of Friday, July 25, the Empire State Building will be illuminated with thousands of white lights sparkling in honor of the film’s anniversary. It was on that date in 1964 when Warhol trained his camera on the Empire State Building for six and a half hours, declaring, “The Empire State Building is a star!” From the dusk of 8 p.m. into the darkness of 2:30 a.m., Warhol captured the changing lights of the towering structure and the sky above. When Warhol premiered the film, unedited, the following March, he

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