Press Release The Andy Warhol Museum Announces the Release of Warhol’s Film San Diego Surf

A film still of a low angle shot of two blonde male surfers with a white surfboard between them.

Andy Warhol, San Diego Surf, 1968/1996, ©2012 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, a museum of Carnegie Institute. All rights reserved.

For immediate release

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Andy Warhol Museum announces the release of Andy Warhol’s film San Diego Surf. Warhol is widely regarded as one of the most important artists of the second half of the 20th century, and he brought the vision of a successful artist to his filmmaking activities. He produced more than 4,000 reels of film between 1963 and 1971, when the works were withdrawn from circulation. It wasn’t until the early 1980s, a project began to preserve and re-release the films of Andy Warhol, with support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. In 1997, The Warhol received the copyright to this material as a gift from The Andy Warhol Foundation. Of great interest even in his lifetime, Warhol’s films have attracted overwhelming public and scholarly attention since they have become newly available. Their wide-ranging influence can be seen in the work of contemporary artists, as well as numerous exhibitions, and publications.

San Diego Surf was filmed in La Jolla, California, about 30 miles down the coast from Los Angeles, in May, 1968. It was filmed in color on 16mm with two cameras, manned by Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey, and featured Superstars Viva, Taylor Mead, Louis Waldon, Joe Dallesandro, Tom Hompertz, Ingrid Superstar, and Eric Emerson, plus Nawana Davis and others. Its loose narrative concerns an unhappily married couple (Taylor Mead and Viva) with a baby who rent their beach house to a group of surfers. After it was shot, it was only partially edited and never released. In 1995-96, the Andy Warhol Foundation commissioned Paul Morrissey, under the supervision of Foundation curator Dara Meyers-Kingsley, to complete the editing, based on existing notes and the rough cut.

One of the last films in which Warhol had direct involvement, San Diego Surf was the first time Warhol had made a movie in California since the early Tarzan and Jane Regained, Sort of…in 1963. The month after San Diego Surf filming was completed, Warhol was shot by Valerie Solanas, which virtually ended his work behind the movie camera. The film is being released by The Warhol, who holds all the copyrights to this film which has never before been publically shown.

Geralyn Huxley, The Warhol’s curator of film & video states, “I am thrilled to see a new Andy Warhol film being released to the public after more than 40 years. Shot in the style of his late color films, it features two of Warhol’s Superstars – Viva at her most radiant and Taylor Mead at his most radical. We are proud to extend our mission to promote and share the work of Warhol with our global audience with this vibrant work.”

Eric Shiner, director states, “Even twenty five years after his death Warhol continues to surprise contemporary audiences. This never-before-seen film expands Warhol’s filmic legacy and demonstrates Warhol’s read on the west coast and its surfing culture. We’re delighted to collaborate with The Museum of Modern Art on the world premiere of this film, and as always, we appreciate their enthusiasm toward Andy Warhol and his films.

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The world premiere screening of the film will take place at The Museum of Modern Art as part of To Save and Project: The Eleventh MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation in New York City on Tuesday, October 16, 2012.

The premiere of San Diego Surf at MoMA is made possible through the support of Christie’s Fine Art Storage Services.

San Diego Surf will also be screened at MoMA from January 23 – 28, 2013. For more information, please visit

The Warhol receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; and The Heinz Endowments. Further support is provided by the Allegheny Regional Asset District.

The Andy Warhol Museum

Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the place of Andy Warhol’s birth, The Andy Warhol Museum holds the largest collection of Warhol’s artworks and archival materials and is one of the most comprehensive single-artist museums in the world. The Warhol is one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh.

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

Established in 1895 by Andrew Carnegie, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is a collection of four distinctive museums: Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and The Andy Warhol Museum. The museums reach more than 1.4 million people a year through exhibitions, educational programs, outreach activities, and special events.