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MoMA Plans Quay Brothers Retrospective

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(Courtesy MoMA)

The Museum of Modern Art has organized a retrospective of more than 300 works by avant-garde animators and filmmakers the Quay Brothers. It has the tongue-twisting title, “On Deciphering the Pharmacist’s Prescription for Lip-Reading Puppets.”

The show, which runs Aug. 2, 2012, to Jan. 7, 2013, encompasses the entire 30-year span of the identical twins, which included a number of different styles and genres including animated and live-action films, puppets, d├ęcor, drawings, paintings, graphic projects, calligraphic works and installations. The exhibition was organized by Ron Magliozzi, an associate curator in the department of film at MoMA.

“The Quay Brothers’ work comes from a unique personal aesthetic rooted in disguised meanings, creative accident, marginalia, and collage,” Mr. Magliozzi said in a statement. “Although that may seem a bit obscure at first, the Quays have actually made some wide-ranging and far-reaching excursions into both the classics and pop culture, which museumgoers will at last have a chance to view as a whole.”