Premiere of Through the Weeping Glass
The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
19 S 22nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
September 22, 2011
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
*Through the Weeping Glass *is a reflective hybrid documentary on the collections of books, instruments, and medical anomalies at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia. The coupling of the Quay Brothers' vision with the collections of the College's Historical Medical Library and Mütter Museum has produced a riveting experience of contemplative set pieces exploring the College. This short film (running time: 31 minutes) is the first made in the United States by these internationally recognized artists. Adding to the film's visual strength is a powerful musical score by composer Timothy Nelson and a resonant voice-over by Derek Jacobi.
The film premieres at the College on September 22, with a moderated conversation with the artists. It goes on to debut in New York City on September 24 at The Museum of Modern Art, New York City, and in Los Angeles on September 27, hosted by The Museum of Jurassic Technology.
An exhibition guest curated by Barbara London, Associate Curator, Department of Media and Performance Art, The Museum of Modern Art, on the making of the film opens in September 2011 in the Mütter Museum.
Subsequent to the premiere screenings, the film will be available for purchase on DVD with an accompanying booklet.
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Above: Photo by Evi Numen/College of Physicians of Philadelphia, courtesy of the New York Times.