With Mad Men's final 7 episodes less than a month away, it's going to be hard to say goodbye to Don, Peggy, Joan, Roger, Betty, and Megan. While you wait for the last hurrah, the new museum exhibit "Matthew Weiner's Mad Men" will tide over ravenous fans of the Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning series.
Beginning this Saturday and running through June 14th, fans will be able to take an obsessive look back at the production of the iconic show at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York. Series creator Matthew Weiner is giving you an intimate look inside the development of the series—including his handwritten journal entries, costume mood boards, and tons of props straight from the set.
"Museum of the Moving Image brings a unique curatorial vision to the making of Mad Men, a show whose poetic storytelling and meticulous craftsmanship is unparalleled,” said AMC president Charlie Collier. "In addition to putting AMC on the map, Mad Men is credited for helping usher in the Second Golden Age of Television. I cannot think of any other television series more worthy of an exhibition of this scale at MOMI."
Here are the top three reasons we can't wait to see "Matthew Weiner's Mad Men" exhibit:
Matthew Weiner Has Some Movie Recommendations For You
Creator Matthew Weiner has curated a film series that he deems essential for all Mad Men fans and includes North by Northwest, Blue Velvet, The Apartment, Les Bonnes Femmes, and more. "The films chosen by Matt Weiner yield tremendous insight into Mad Men's approach to character, tone, and atmosphere," said the Museum of the Moving Image's Chief Curator David Schwartz. In fact, this set of movies was so influential to Weiner that he made them required viewing for the Mad Men cast and crew.
Most of the films will be presented in 35mm, including a rare IB Technicolor print of Vertigo, in the museum's Redstone Theater. Weiner considers the profound Hitchcock film to be one of Mad Men's greatest inspirations. "I was overwhelmed with its beauty, mystery, and obsessive detail," said Weiner. "I remember watching the camera dolly-in on Kim Novak's hair and thinking, 'This is exactly what we are trying to do.' Vertigo feels like you are watching someone else's dream."
Weiner will be on hand to introduce The Apartment screening on Friday March 20th. See the full schedule of films here.
Get an Up-Close Look Megan Draper's Dress
Megan Draper's super mod "Zou Bisou Bisou" dress (pictured in action above), Betty's romper from her pre-Don modeling days, Peggy's signature season 1 plaid dress, Joan's bloodstained sheath from the SC&P holiday party, and more iconic looks will be on display at "Matthew Weiner's Mad Men." Alongside the retro threads, fans will see mood boards for each character and Weiner's handwritten production notes revealing an intimate look at how Mad Men's characters were developed before they were even cast.
Hundreds of props will be on display as well, including the locked box that held Don's secret identity in season one, Joan's (fully stocked) bar cart, and ad mock-ups fresh from the art department of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce.
Stand Inside the Mad Men Sets
The Museum of the Moving Image has painstakingly constructed full two sets from Mad Men: the Draper's Ossining suburban kitchen (including that plaid wallpaper!) and Don's SC&P office.
There's even a peek-behind-the-curtain installation replicating Weiner's writers' room featuring whiteboard scribbles and handwritten post-it notes.
"Matthew Weiner's Mad Men," will run from Saturday March 14th through Sunday June 14th at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, New York. For ticket information and a full schedule of events, see the MOMI's website here.