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Spectacle

Oh my god I miss the days of MTV music videos- like really. I remember waiting hours to catch The Sugarcubes “Hit” or Love Shack or any of the other awesome videos of my childhood. Back then, music videos were art- with photographers like Stéphane Sednaoui directing Bjork on the back of a truck driving through NYC, each lyric translated to a visual allegory that made me think owning an album would change my way of thinking forever.

David Bowie, “The Stars (Are Out Tonight).” Directed by Floria Sigismondi. Part of the exhibition “Spectacle: The Music Video” on view at Museum of the Moving Image, April 3-June 16, 2013. Credit: Image courtesy of RSA Films

David Bowie, “The Stars (Are Out Tonight).” Directed by Floria Sigismondi. Part of the exhibition “Spectacle: The Music Video” on view at Museum of the Moving Image, April 3-June 16, 2013. Credit: Image courtesy of RSA Films

The Museum of the Moving Image is celebrating just this, with their new exhibition, “Spectacle: The Music Video.” Through a mixture of interactive installations, projections, video, objects, and immersive environments, the show will celebrate all that is video from past to present (Tilda Swinton as David Bowie’s twin- YESSSSSSS!) including the origins of music and moving imagery from the 1920s. Sounds good to us.

Bjork: "Wanderlust" (2008). Directed by Encyclopedia Pictura. Part of the exhibition "Spectacle: The Music Video" on view at Museum of the Moving Image, April 3-June 16, 2013. Image courtesy of Contemporary Arts Center.

Bjork: “Wanderlust” (2008). Directed by Encyclopedia Pictura. Part of the exhibition “Spectacle: The Music Video” on view at Museum of the Moving Image, April 3-June 16, 2013. Image courtesy of Contemporary Arts Center.

OK Go: "This Too Shall Pass" (Rube Goldberg Machine version) (2010). Directed by James Frost, OK Go, and Syn Labs. The costumes worn by bandmembers will also be on view as part of the exhibition "Spectacle: The Music Video" on view at Museum of the Moving Image, April 3-June 16, 2013. Image courtesy of Contemporary Arts Center.

OK Go: “This Too Shall Pass” (Rube Goldberg Machine version) (2010). Directed by James Frost, OK Go, and Syn Labs. The costumes worn by bandmembers will also be on view as part of the exhibition “Spectacle: The Music Video” on view at Museum of the Moving Image, April 3-June 16, 2013. Image courtesy of Contemporary Arts Center.

What: Spectacle: The Music Video

Where: The Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Avenue Astoria, NY 11106

"Spectacle" curators Jonathan Wells and Meg Grey Wells of Flux in a photo taken at the Contemporary Arts Center (Cincinatti) (2012). Image courtesy of Contemporary Arts Center.

“Spectacle” curators Jonathan Wells and Meg Grey Wells of Flux in a photo taken at the Contemporary Arts Center (Cincinatti) (2012). Image courtesy of Contemporary Arts Center.

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  1. I love @OKGO! Spectacle @movingimageNYC http://t.co/B2eNhpLXq6 via @artnerdnewyork

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