World Premiere Screening of the Quay Brothers’ Through the Weeping Glass
The Quay Brothers’ Through the Weeping Glass: On the Consolations of Life Everlasting (Limbos & Afterbreezes in the Mütter Museum) will see its world premiere on September 22, 2011 at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. The short film came to life through the Quays' examinations and discoveries of the various anomalies and curiosities in the medical collections of the Mütter Museum and the College’s Historical Medical Library, and the first made in the United States by the internationally recognized duo. Through the Weeping Glass has been supported by a 2010 grant from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative, and will be paired with an exhibition at the Mütter Museum about the making of the film, guest-curated by Barbara London, Associate Curator in the Department of Media and Performance Art at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City. The exhibition will include a behind-the-scenes film by Ed Waisnis about the Quay Brothers' venture.
The Philadelphia premiere of Through the Weeping Glass is already sold out to the public. Click here to add your name to the waiting list.
SLIDESHOW: Click image to see photos of the Quay Brothers at work and exclusive stills from their short film Through the Weeping Glass: On the Consolations of Life Everlasting (Limbos & Afterbreezes in the Mütter Museum.
The event will be followed by additional premiere screenings at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City on September 24 and SONY Pictures Studios’ Cary Grant Theater on September 27, hosted by the Museum of Jurassic Technology, Los Angeles. Each screening will be followed by a moderated conversation with the Quay Brothers. The film, scored by composer Timothy Nelson with voiceovers by Derek Jacobi, will also be available for DVD purchase with an accompanying booklet.
Identical twin brothers and filmmakers Stephen and Timothy Quay, were born outside of Philadelphia in 1947 and studied illustration at the Philadelphia College of Art, now The University of the Arts, before going on to the Royal College of Art in London, where they have lived ever since. The Quays are known for their stop-motion animation techniques and mesmerizing imagery, and have created multiple short and feature-length films, as well as music videos and television commercials. Other commissioned films besides Through the Weeping Glass include Anamorphosis (1991), The Phantom Museum (2003), and Inventorium of Traces (2009).
Read press links on this collaborative project and Through the Weeping Glass:
Watch an interview with the Quay Brothers, conducted by Robert Hicks, Director of the Mütter Museum:
Watch clips of the Quays Brothers' past work in this reel selected by the Quays and edited by Edward Waisnis. (Copyright © 2009 Quay Brothers. All rights reserved.)