Stop-action animators Quay Brothers to present Dormitorium exhibition and short films

January 23, 2010

AAP will host internationally renown filmmakers the Quay Brothers on January 25–26, 2010 for two special, public events. Their visit coincides with the opening of “Dormitorium: An Exhibition of Film Decors by the Quays,” on display in John Hartell Gallery, Sibley Dome from January 25 to February 5.

The exhibition features sets and film decors from stop-motion animated films by Timothy and Stephen Quay. Reminiscent of architectural models, the meticulously crafted miniature sets provide a glimpse into the Quay Brothers unique aesthetic vision and artistry.

On January 25 at 5 p.m., the Quays will join AAP Dean Kent Kleinman and others, for a panel discussion about their work amid the exhibition in John Hartell Gallery.

On January 26 at 7 p.m., at Cornell Cinema’s Willard Straight Theatre, the Quays will host and provide live commentary for Tales from the Quay Brothers, a collection of their short films. Also, the films will be shown at the Willard Straight Theater without commentary on January 28 at 7 p.m., followed by the feature-length Piano Tuner of Earthquakes at 8:45 p.m.

The Quay Brothers, identical twins, graduated from what is now the University of the Arts in Philadelphia – Stephen with a degree in illustration and Timothy with a degree in film. The brothers moved to London and attended the Royal College of Art where they met Keith Griffiths, who serves as their producer. The Quays, along with Griffiths, formed the film company Atelier Koninck and have since created a unique body of films.

The brothers have produced several shorts including Street of Crocodiles (1986), Rehearsals for Extinct Anatomies (1987), The Comb (From the Museums of Sleep) (1990), In Absentia (2000) and Phantom Museums (2003). Additionally, the Quays have made two feature-length films, Institute Benjamenta (1995) and The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes (2005).

The exhibition and visit is cosponsored by Cornell Cinema; the Department of Theatre, Film and Dance; and the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis. The John Hartell Gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

By Blaine Friedlander

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