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posted Friday, June 13 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 24
EMP Museum presents 'Spectacle: The Music Video'
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EMP Museum presents 'Spectacle: The Music Video'

The Experience Music Project (EMP) Museum (325 5th Ave. N.) is currently showing 'Spectacle: The Music Video,' a groundbreaking exhibition exploring music video as an important and influential art form in contemporary culture. It is the most comprehensive museum exhibition on music videos presented to date. The show highlights the genre's place at the forefront of creative technology and its role in pushing the boundaries of creative production. 'Spectacle: The Music Video' is the first museum exhibition to celebrate the art and history of the music video through sight and sound.

Through a dynamic mixture of interactive installations, recreated sets, projections, video, objects and immersive environments, 'Spectacle: The Music Video' goes behind the scenes of seminal moments in music video history - from the early pioneers and MTV masters who expertly used the medium to define their public identities, like Devo, the Beastie Boys, Michael Jackson, and Madonna, to artists like OK Go and Lady Gaga who follow in their footsteps today.

Discover the black and white musical Soundies of the 1940s featuring big band, jazz, and swing stars, and the French-made Scopitones of the 1960s. Relive MTV masterpieces and witness how megastars like Madonna, David Bowie, and Michael Jackson shaped - and re-shaped - their creative identities. Step into super-sized cinematic productions of today, such as Steriogram's Walkie Talkie Man directed by Michel Gondry, the crowdsourced Johnny Cash Project, and a special section dedicated to Seattle's own Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - winners of four GRAMMY® awards including Best New Artist.

The exhibition unfolds thematically and features original objects and ephemera that have never before been seen outside of the videos themselves. With legendary props, interactive experiences, and more than 300 videos - and an in-depth examination of the special effects employed in their making - 'Spectacle: The Music Video' traces the evolution of the genre and cements its place at the forefront of creative technology. 'Spectacle: The Music Video' is co-organized by the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati and FLUX and is curated by Jonathan Wells and Meg Grey Wells of FLUX. The EMP Museum's presentation is the West Coast premiere of this exhibit and runs through the summer at the EMP Museum.



Exhibition highlights of 'Spectacle: The Music Video' include:

o An original Residents eyeball and top hat created by artist Homer Flynn for the music video pioneers.

o Exclusive art photography from Floria Sigismondi, Stephane Sednaoui, Andreas Nilsson, Melodie McDaniel, Martin de Thurah, Arni & Kinski, and Chris Milk shot on the sets of their videos.

o OK Go jump suits and paint guns from the award-winning 'This Too Shall Pass' video, co-directed by James Frost and the band.

o The original, never before-exhibited drawings by animation directors Michael Patterson and Candace Reckinger for A-Ha's groundbreaking 'Take On Me' video, directed by Steve Barron; and a recreation of a set piece from the video.

o The 'Tonight, Tonight' ship from Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris' award-winning Smashing Pumpkins video.

o A human-size Milky from Hammer & Tongs' Blur video 'Coffee and TV,' recreated especially for the exhibition.

o Michel Gondry's original yarn props from his Steriogram video 'Walkie Talkie Man.'

o Original art and objects from Björk's 'Wanderlust,' directed by Encyclopedia Pictura.



And, exclusive to the EMP exhibit, the special section dedicated to the four-time Grammy-winning duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will include the actual fur coats worn in the 'Thrift Shop' video; The Heist flag, Macklemore's fur jacket and wolf hat from 'Can't Hold Us,' MTV 'Moonman' awards, as well as many other costumes and artifacts. The installation will also feature an original exhibit film about the team's creative process with rare behind-the-scenes production footage. A 'Thrift Shop' photo op will let visitors don fur coats and pose in front of a backdrop from the opening scene of the music video. And EMP's performance interactive, On Stage, will feature 'Thrift Shop' as one of the songs visitors can select to perform in front of a virtual audience of screaming fans.

About EMP Museum
EMP is a leading-edge, nonprofit museum, dedicated to the ideas and risk-taking that fuel popular culture. With its roots in rock 'n' roll, EMP serves as a gateway museum, reaching multigenerational audiences through collections, exhibitions and educational programs, using interactive technologies to engage and empower its visitors. At EMP, artists, audiences and ideas converge, bringing understanding, interpretation and scholarship to the popular culture of our time.

EMP is housed in a 140,000 square foot Frank O. Gehry-designed building. This spectacular, prominently visible structure has the presence of a monumental sculpture set amid the backdrop of the Seattle Center.

EMP is open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. In person admission is $23-general, with senior, student, military and youth discounts Online admission is $18 with military and youth discounts.

Current exhibitions at EMP
Block By Block: Inventing Amazing Architecture
Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic
Hear My Train a Comin': Hendrix Hits London
Icons of Science Fiction
Can't Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film
Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses

For more information, visit www.empmuseum.org

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