Richard Meyer: A Reason to Get Up in the Morning

On March 4th in Bloomington, a lecture by Richard Meyer on Andy Warhol: “A Reason to Get Up in the Morning.”

Meyer considers Warhol’s photographic practice as a poetics of everyday life — when everyday consists of discotheques and dinner parties, flea markets and friends on the phone. Rather than invest in the idea of the single, perfectly composed image, Warhol created an almost continuous stream of pictures, many of which were never published or exhibited during his lifetime. This talk considers Warhol’s photographic practice as a visual analogue to his diaries, which will be quoted extensively. The title is drawn from Warhol’s statement that “I take my camera everywhere. Having a few rolls of film to develop gives me a good reason to get up in the morning.”