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Andy Warhol's Factory was notorious for polymorphous sex, ample amphetamines, and a carefully mannered aloofness. But what the Factory really pioneered between 1963 and 1970 was a free-for-all creative collaboration across boundaries of music, fashion, performance, film, visual art, and life. The silver-walled space was one giant performance spaceā€”and photographer and set designer Billy Name was its unofficial documentarian. The former waiter and jack of all trades designed and installed the studio's famous silver interior, then started snapping photos of all that transpired at 231 East 47th Street. A selection of 30 prints from that time is now on offer at Roq la Rue, thanks to the efforts of gallery owner Kirsten Anderson. The images have a grainy, spontaneous feel, partly because Name shot in Kodak Tri-X, one of the first high-speed films on the market. Lurking in the background without a distracting flash, Name captured Warhol (shown above), Lou Reed, Edie Sedgwick, and a parade of celebrities, artists, and hangers-on who passed through the Factory's doors. The high-contrast images offer a study of art and life pushed to extremes. Roq la Rue, 316 Second Ave., 206-374-8977. 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon- 4 p.m. Sun. ANDREW ENGELSON

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