Robert Indiana, an American Pop Artist, was star of Andy Warhol’s film Eat (1964).
According to Robert Indiana, Andy shot Eat in Indiana’s studio on Coenties Slip in lower Manhattan on Sunday, February 2, 1964. The film Eat is about watching somebody eating.
The night before appearing in Warhol’s film, Indiana had seen the film Tom Jones. Inspired by the movie’s “orgiastic eating scene,” he had starved himself before the filming, bringing along a large amount of fruits and vegetables to eat. Instead, Warhol asked him to slowly eat just one mushroom. Andy Warhol shot nine 3 minute rolls of film which he assembled out of sequence.
Eat was first shown on July 16, 1964 by Jonas Mekas at the Washington Square Gallery.
Photo: Andy Warhol with Robert Indiana, The Factory, New York, NY