Sunday, January 25, 2015

Video Stars

Music videos are honored at the Museum of the Moving Image


Maybe you're old enough to remember a time before Teen Mom 2 and Jackass 3.5  before MTV even had an MTV2 — a time when Jenny McCarthy was considered the single hottest woman alive.

Yes, that was a long, looooong time ago.

This month the Museum of the Moving Image honors the other reason we all watched Beavis and Butt-Head with Spectacle: The Music Video, apparently the first museum show entirely dedicated to our long-forgotten childhood love.

But the exhibition's 300-plus music videos, artifacts and interactive installations aren't all '90s relics. They've sprinkled in contemporary works by auteurs like Michel Gondry, Floria Sigismondi, and Chris Milk.
Don't worry, you'll still see the classics from Devo, the Beastie Boys, Peter Gabriel, Nine Inch Nails, and David Bowie alongside pieces from Kanye West and, of course, OK Go's game-changing "This Too Shall Pass."
Check out the original drawings used in a-ha's "Take on Me" video, as well as the space ship from the Smashing Pumpkins' "Tonight, Tonight." There are a couple of non-video installations, too, including an immersive music visualizer by the people behind the Sonos Playbar, inspired by the works of Sol Lewitt.

After all this, going back to Spotify might feel a little stale.

Spectacle: The Music Video
Now through June 16
Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave. (37th St.), Astoria

Tickets: $12
Nearby: Cafe Triskell; 5 Napkin Burger; Malagueta

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