August 12, 2012–January 7, 2013
First floor; The Michael H. Dunn Gallery, second floor; and The Roy and
Niuta Titus Theater 1 and 2 Galleries
This major retrospective is the first exhibition to encompass the full range of creative work by the Quay Brothers, from animated and live-action films (including never-before-seen early work) to puppets, installations, drawings, paintings, graphic projects, and calligraphy. Identical twins, the Quay Brothers were born outside Philadelphia and have worked together from their London studio, Atelier Koninck, since the late 1970s. As filmmakers, stage designers, and illustrators in a range of genres, they have revolutionized fields from avant-garde cinema and opera to art for publications and television advertising.
The Quay Brothers have produced over 70 moving image works since the late 1960s, including two feature films; music videos for Peter Gabriel, Michael Penn, and many others; dance films; and documentaries. They have also designed sets and projections for opera, drama, and concert performances, and in recent years the Quays have replicated their visionary environments for gallery display in the form of miniature décor boxes and stunningly intricate peephole installations—most of which are on view here for the first time.
The exhibition is organized by Ron Magliozzi, Associate Curator, Department of Film.
Major support for the exhibition is provided by MoMA's Wallis Annenberg Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art through the Annenberg Foundation.
Support for the publication is provided by The International Council of The Museum of Modern Art and the Jo Carole Lauder Publications Fund of The International Council of The Museum of Modern Art.
Above: Tailor's Shop, decor for the film Street of Crocodiles. 1986. Wood, glass, plaster, and fabric. Photograph Robert Barker, Cornell University
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