The Brothers Quay at the MoMA
Good news for those lucky people around NYC. The Brothers Quay will be at the MoMA in 2012.
Needless to say that the Brothers Quay have been a huge influence on many artists (including me). I remember seeing the Street of Crocodiles on PBS in the 80′s and it hit me in a way I never thought would be possible. As a side note, the show was called Alive From Off Center and was presented by none other than Laurie Anderson. It’s also the first time I heard one of my favourite Stravinsky piece: The Flood. The short that went with it was really crude, by today’s standard, but the music was quite a surprise for someone who only knew The Rite of Spring (I was 24 at the time)
It’s a good time to remind people the Brothers Quay did NOT do any music videos for the band Tool. Those were a close, but…
From the press release:
This MoMA gallery exhibition and accompanying film retrospective will be the first presentation of the Quay Brothers’ work in all their fields of creative activity. Internationally renowned moving image artists and designers, the Quay Brothers were born outside Philadelphia and have worked from their London studio, Atelier Koninck, since the late 1970s. For over 30 years, they have been in the avant-garde of stop-motion puppet animation and live-action movie-making in the Eastern European tradition of filmmakers like Walerian Borowczyk and Jan Svankmajer and the Russian Yuri Norstein, and have championed a design aesthetic influenced by the graphic surrealism of Polish poster artists of the 1950s and 1960s. Beginning with their student films in 1971, the Quay Brothers have produced over 45 moving image works, including two features, music videos, dance films, documentaries, and signature personal works, including The Street of Crocodiles(1986), the Stille Nacht series (1988–2008), Institute Benjamenta(1995), and In Absentia (2000).
In addition to their better known films, this exhibition will include never-before-seen moving image works and graphic design, drawings, and calligraphy, presenting animated and live-action films alongside installations, objects, and works on paper.
Quay Brothers: On Deciphering the Pharmacist’s Prescription for Lip-Reading Puppets
August 12, 2012–January 7, 2013