museum of the moving image

I'm a little ashamed to admit that, as of a few weeks ago, I'd never been to the Museum of the Moving Image. Located in Queens, this institution is dedicated to all things visible on screens: film, television and fandom. Olympe and I finally made a trip out, for two main reasons: 1) admission is free on Friday evenings. 2) there is currently an exhibit entitled 'How Cats Took Over the Internet'. (I feel like these two reasons also reveal two things about us.)

The Museum of the Moving Image is in a beautiful, contemporary building. Most galleries are on the upper floors, with a nice café and shop on the ground level.

Our visit begins with 'How Cats Took Over the Internet'. We first view a hilarious film compiling the best of cat videos on Youtube. These include my personal favorite Henri le Chat Noir, a feline philosopher who speaks in French and requires English subtitles. In the gallery adjacent to the screening room, an informative timeline takes us through the history of pets (with a focus on cats) in visual media. There is a special mention of Morris, the orange tabby mascot for cat food brand Nine Lives our own matou was named after.

On the upper floor, we see a special exhibit on Mad Men. From scripts and notes to costumes, props and sets, the installation is very comprehensive. Needless to say, I start watching Mad Men the minute we get home from the museum, and now I'm totally hooked.


The Museum of the Moving Image also has many permanent galleries that cover the history of film, including more technical aspects such as cameras and sounds, as well as film-related artifacts like memorabilia, costumes and actors' face molds (if you've always wanted to see a clay replica of deNiro's face, then you've come to the right place). All in all, the museum is an enjoyable place for kids and adults alike!