BY CARMINE CARCIERI
Matthew Weiner’s “Mad Men” exhibition, which opened March 14 at Museum of the Moving Image, has been extended through the summer and will close on Sunday, Sept. 6.
Carl Goodman, the Museum’s executive director announced the news on Tuesday, pointing to the tremendous feedback they received from New Yorkers.
“A landmark TV series, ‘Mad Men’ will continue to be watched, discussed, and studied for years to come. Given the extraordinary popularity of the exhibition, which has attracted a broader public beyond fans of the show, the museum is very pleased to extend its run,” Goodman said in a written statement.
The exhibition explores the creative process that built the popular seven-season television series by showing large-scale sets, hundreds of props, 33 costumes, production material, personal notes, books and research material that were used by series creator Matthew Weiner.
The iconic costumes from the series that are highlighted in the exhibition include Don Draper’s suit, Joan Holloway’s green dress and Stan Rizzo’s fringe jacket. The significant props include Don Draper’s box with objects which reveal his true identity, the full-page ad featuring Don’s letter “Why I’m Quitting Tobacco,” and Sally Draper’s letter to Santa.
On top of all of the unique costumes and props, the ‘Mad Men’ exhibition shows mood boards created by costume designer Janie Bryant. The mood boards are created for the characters Peggy Olson, Don Draper, Roger Sterling, Betty Draper, Joan Holloway/Harris and Pete Campbell.
But the most impressive part of the exhibition might be the original interviews with Weiner, a film series featuring movies that inspired the show and an installation of elements from the writers’ room where he and his team crafted story ideas and scripts for “Mad Men.”
This display, initially scheduled to close on June 14, also gives the audience a unique insight into the series and how the original show was installed and crafted.
The exhibition was organized and designed by Barbara Miller, the museum’s curator of the collection and exhibitions and Wendell Walker, deputy director for operations, exhibitions and design.
The Museum of Moving Image is located at 36-01 35 Ave. in Astoria and is open from Wednesday and Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. In order to avoid lines on weekend days, visitors should arrive before 2 p.m.
For museum admission is $12 for adults, $9 for persons over 65 and for students with ID, $6 for children ages 3-12 and free for children under 3. Museum members, sign ups can be found at movingimage.us/support/membership for free admittance.
For more information on the extension of Matthew Weiner’s “Mad Men” exhibition visit movingimage.us or call 718-777-6888.