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“Spectacle: The Music Video” exhibition coming to NYC’s Museum of the Moving Image


For those with an appreciation of music videos, a pretty cool exhibit is coming soon to the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens. “Spectacle: The Music Video” opens on April 3 and explores the artform with “most comprehensive museum exhibition on music videos presented to date.” Some of the items on display are the ship from Smashing Pumpkins’ “Tonight Tonight” video; OK GO’s paint-splattered jumpsuits from “This Too Shall Pass”; original drawings from A-Ha’s “Take on Me”; a human-sized Milky from Blur’s “Coffee & TV”; and more. Over 300 music videos will also be shown, and more highlights of items on exhibit are below. “Spectacle: The Music Video” runs through June 16.

In additon to the exhibition, Museum of the Moving Image will be hosting screenings and talks, which are still be be announced. Part of that will be a series called “Play This Movie Loud,” which runs from May 3 through June 16, will include “big-screen concert films, documentaries, and fiction films.”

Exhibition list below…

Smashing Pumpkins – “Tonight Tonight”

Blur – “Coffee & TV”

Steriogram – “Walkie Talkie Man”


• An original Residents eyeball and top hat created by artist Homer Flynn for the music video pioneers

• MTV-era iconic videos including Devo’s “Whip It” (directed by Gerald Casale), Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer” (Stephen R. Johnson), Madonna’s “Like aPrayer” (Mary Lambert), Talking Heads “Once in a Lifetime” (Toni Basil and David Byrne), Nine Inch Nails, “Closer” (Mark Romanek),The Beastie Boys’s “Sabotage” (Spike Jonze),
and more

• Exclusive art photography from Floria Sigismondi, Stephane Sednaoui, Andreas Nilsson, Melodie McDaniel, Martin de Thurah, Arni & Kinski, Chris Milk shot on the sets of their videos

• Original paint-splattered OK Go jump suits and paint guns from the award-winning “This Too Shall Pass” video, co-directed by James Frost and the band

• Original drawings by animation directors Michael Patterson and Candace Reckinger for A-ha’s groundbreaking “Take On Me” video, directed by Steve Barron

• The “Tonight, Tonight” ship from Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’s award-winning Smashing Pumpkins video

• Special presentation of “Power,” a collaboration between Kanye West and artist Marco Brambilla

•A human-size Milky from Garth Jennings’s Blur video “Coffee and TV,” recreated especially for the exhibition

• Michel Gondry’s original yarn props from his Steriogram video “Walkie Talkie Man”

• Interactive installations by Vincent Morisset, Chris Milk, James Frost, and Aaron Koblin for Arcade Fire, Johnny Cash, and Radiohead

• Original art and objects from Björk’s “Wanderlust,” directed by Encyclopedia Pictura, and with the music video presented in stereoscopic 3-D

• For the New York engagement ofSpectacle, a new section highlighting hip-hop and how New York-based television shows Video Music Box and Yo!MTV Rapswere instrumental in giving hip-hop artists mainstream exposure

• Music video remixes from artists including EBN, Dustin McLean, “Weird Al” Yankovic,Austin Hall, Michael Bell-Smith, and Hexstatic

• An historic look at the origins of music and the moving image, from 1920s era Vitaphone shorts and Fleischer Brothers’s cartoons, through filmed music of the 1950s and 1960s

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