The Quay Brothers filming Through the Weeping Glass. Photo by Evi Numen.
The Quay Brothers' film, Through the Weeping Glass: On the Consolations of Life Everlasting (Limbos & Afterbreezes in the Mütter Museum), commissioned through a grant from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, was featured in the New York Times and on National Public Radio's All Things Considered.
"Skulls, skeletons and drawers full of swallowed or inhaled objects (pins, screws, nails, a tiny toy boat); terrifying medical tools with Latinate names (a scarificator for blood-letting, a lithotrite for removing bladder stones); a plaster cast of the Siamese twins Chang and Eng: these are some of the things that the camera probes in the Quay Brothers hybrid documentary," wrote Rachel Saltz for the New York Times. Read more >
Christopher Joyce of NPR's All Things Considered explored the impetus for the collaboration between the Quay Brothers and the Mütter Museum: "The Quays grew up near Philadelphia and studied art there before moving to England. They were invited back by Robert Hicks, who came to the Mütter Museum as its director two years ago with a mission—to open its collection to artists. Many came. But it was these painterly animators he really wanted." Listen to the full segment >