Spectacle: The Music Video


Bjork, "Wanderlust"
Bjork, "Wanderlust"

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This is the first museum exhibition to celebrate the art and history of the music video. From early examples of music in film to the work of music-video masters such as David Bowie and Madonna and contemporary artists such as The White Stripes and Kanye West, the exhibition reveals the enormous influence music videos have had on contemporary culture over the past 35 years.

Through over 300 videos, artifacts and interactive installations, the exhibition shows the changing landscape of the music video, highlighting its place at the forefront of creative technology, and its role in pushing the boundaries of creative production. “Spectacle” explores the trajectory of the music video from precursors through to the present day across a range of musical genres, and showcases the innovative work of contemporary directors such as Michel Gondry, Floria Sigismondi and Chris Milk. Original props and artifacts from iconic music videos such as A-ha’s groundbreaking “Take On Me” and OK Go’s “This Too Shall Pass” are presented alongside interactive experiences featuring works by Radiohead and Björk.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the museum will present a range of related public programs, including screenings, hands-on workshops, and exclusive special events with personal appearances by music video directors and musicians.

Give students an unforgettable experience at Museum of the Moving Image. Exhibition tours, film and television screenings, and hands-on workshops help you teach the core curriculum with the support of a dynamic and interactive environment.

Education programs meet New York State Learning Standards in Social Studies, English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Technology, and are aligned with the New York City Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts.

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Museum of the Moving Image

Museum of the Moving Image is the only institution in the United States that deals comprehensively with the art, technology and social impact of film, television and digital media. It presents exhibitions, screenings and education programs.


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