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Please be advised: the Museum will be open on Wednesday, June 19, 12:00–6:00 p.m. for the Juneteenth holiday.

Persol Magnificent Obsessions


PERSOL MAGNIFICENT OBSESSIONS 30 stories of craftsmanship in film

Jun 17 — Jun 19, 2011

The first in a series of three exhibitions, Persol Magnificent Obsessions: 30 stories of craftsmanship in film, uncovers the first 10 of 30 stories of obsessive craftsmanship within filmmaking. The exhibits offer the opportunity to view rarely seen artifacts from some of cinema’s most iconic films, as well as behind the scenes research notes, sketches, video interviews and materials used in the development process by some of the world’s greatest filmmakers.

Curated by Michael Connor (named as one of Time Out New York’s ‘Young Curators to Watch’ in 2010), the exhibition aims to show that whether making a film or a pair of sunglasses, it is only through the uncompromising drive for perfection that one can truly create a work of art.

Among the celebrated stories are those of Oscar-winning costume designer Milena Canonero, who designed hundreds of elaborate costumes for Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette, taking the entire color palette from a box of macarons. Director Terry Gilliam, not just for his creation of a timeless dystopian vision in Brazil, but for his dogged battle with the film’s US studio to see its release, and preserve its less than audience-friendly ending. The exhaustive preparation and dedication to the art of award-winning acting, performances by Robert De Niro (unhinged Vietnam War vet Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver) and Sir Ben Kingsley (Gandhi), are also examined through a series of artifacts and video exhibits.

Persol eyewear has always enjoyed a close affinity with cinema,and has been center stage for some of cinema’s most iconic characters and and on-screen moments from the 1960s to the present day such as La Dolce Vita, The Thomas Crown Affair and Casino Royale.

Opening hours: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Free admission

Center 548, West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011