Matthew Weiner’s Mad Men
Weak at the knees for Don Draper’s catalogue of wry expressions? Joan Holloway’s voluptuous charms got you hot under the collar? Then you are no doubt lamenting the fast approaching finale of Matthew Weiner’s highly acclaimed series Mad Men, which after seven smokin’ seasons will come to an end on 17 May.
However, for those who are reluctant to say their last goodbyes to the taut writing, subtle characterisation, and brilliant artistic direction that define the award-winning drama, there is Matthew Weiner’s Mad Men – an excellent and exhaustive exhibition currently on display at the Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI) in Queens.
Plunging its audience into a glorious world of beehives, kitten heels, plaid and boozy office lunches, the showcase offers a glimpse of the show’s creative process and fastidious production, including an enormous collection of props (gasp! like Don’s box of secrets) and costumes (yes, Megan’s minidress is in there), original story notes, mood boards, and scripts, as well as a reproduction of the screenwriters room where all that sass and snark was first put to paper.
Fans can even step into the painstakingly recreated set of Don’s office – complete with whisky tumblers and overflowing ashtrays – or peer into Betty’s oh-so 1960s kitchen. For the more modern men there also are interactive displays, such as iPads showcasing alternate credit sequences, listening stations loaded with songs from some of the most memorable scenes, and commentary from Mr Weiner himself. Go on, go Mad.
Until 14 Jun, 2015.
MoMI / 36-01 35th Ave / Queens / +1 718 777 6800 / 10.30am-5pm Wed-Thu, 10.30am-8pm Fri, 11.30am-7pm Sat-Sun / arrive before 2pm to avoid queues / movingimage.us
All images © Thanassi Karageorgiou, courtesy of Museum of the Moving Image