Exhibit by Experimental Animator Alums the Quay Brothers Opens at MoMA

'On Deciphering the Pharmacist's Prescription for Lip-Reading Puppets' runs through January 7

The exhibit features décors (miniature stage sets) like this one titled "They Think They're Alone," from the film "Rehearsals for Extinct Anatomies."

August 16, 2012

Timothy Quay BFA '69 (Illustration) and Steven Quay BFA '69 (Film), the experimental stop-motion animators better known as the Quay Brothers, have just opened a new exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City. "Quay Brothers: On Deciphering the Pharmacist's Prescription for Lip-Reading Puppets," which runs through January 7, 2013, explores the puppet-centered universes created by the identical twin UArts alumni.

"At once a marvel and a marathon – first punctuated and then dominated by numerous video screens and projections that deliver more than seven hours of moving images – it pays tribute to the life's work and artistic saga of Timothy and Stephen Quay (pronounced kway)," writes Roberta Smith in the August 10, 2012, issue of The New York Times.

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Décor from their 1986 film "Street of Crocodiles."

Although the brothers are well known in Europe (where they have worked primarily since the late 1970s), the MoMA exhibit is only the Quays' second show of their own in New York and the first major museum retrospective devoted to their work.

The University of the Arts hosted an exhibit of their décors titled "Dormitorium: Film Décors by the Quay Brothers" at its Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery in 2009, the same year they received the University's prestigious Silver Star Alumni Award.

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