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See It Big at the ’90s Multiplex

May 24 — Jul 21, 2024

For many of us, remembering going to the movies in an American multiplex in the 1990s summons not merely feelings of nostalgia but, more importantly, a sense of provocative and pleasurable diversity: of genre, of form, of size, of stardom, of narrative, of tone, of pacing, of narration. At any given moment, you could enter the world of the movie theater and hop and skip among studio-financed movies of wildly varying budgets, from mid-range dramas to star-driven vehicles to eccentric auteur experiments. In this edition of See It Big, we invite audiences to recall these days of multiplex cinema, when you were guaranteed to get whisked away to somewhere transportive, whether the quiet backroads of Clint Eastwood’s Madison County, Iowa; the blinding white limbo of Albert Brooks’s Judgment City; or the future shock of Kathryn Bigelow’s Los Angeles at the turn of the millennium. These are movies that worked as jumper cables for an entire generation of ecstatic cinephiles—none of them tentpoles or sequels—and each deserves to be seen on the big screen. 

See It Big, the Museum’s signature series of classic films presented on the big screen, is organized by MoMI Curator of Film Eric Hynes, Associate Curator of Film Edo Choi, and Reverse Shot Co-Editors Michael Koresky and Jeff Reichert.

 

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Four soldiers in fatigues and helmet crouch in a field of tall grass
An animated image of a cartoon masked figure on the back of a horned, woolly horse-like creature aiming a arrow at the screen.
A man and woman in matching white robes sit on a couch
A dark haired man and blonde woman smiling happily
Three men sit at a bowling alley lane booth, two wearing shorts and one in khakis looking past us quizzically.
A dark haired man and blonde woman smiling happily
A man and woman in matching white robes sit on a couch
A silly-looking skeleton-faced martian with a huge brain reaches out its hand to shake the hand of a hesitant human man in a brown suit with a map of the world behind them
Three men sit at a bowling alley lane booth, two wearing shorts and one in khakis looking past us quizzically.
A group of four pale-skinned young men stand in a field, the second from the left is smiling as he holds an open bottle of liquor
A man stands in a supermarket with a threatening hand thrust in front of him grabbing someone's neck, which we see from behind
A man stands in a supermarket with a threatening hand thrust in front of him grabbing someone's neck, which we see from behind
A silhouetted tractor rides down a road at twilight against on orange sky, with a human figure at the front.
A short-haired woman in a pink-colored sweatshirt and a shirtless man wearing a gol necklace standing close behind her as she looks back at him and he looks off-screen talking to someone else
A group of four pale-skinned young men stand in a field, the second from the left is smiling as he holds an open bottle of liquor
A man in a winter hat with ear flaps and a beard looks up in Central Park in New York, surrounded by trees and buildings.
A long-haired man with a rifle, surrounded by other Native American warriors, runs through a field surrounded by trees and mountains
Standing in front of a covered bridge in a rural setting, a man holds a camera, pointing a lens towards a woman who blushes as she grabs her neck.
A man in a winter hat with ear flaps and a beard looks up in Central Park in New York, surrounded by trees and buildings.
A short-haired woman in a pink-colored sweatshirt and a shirtless man wearing a gol necklace standing close behind her as she looks back at him and he looks off-screen talking to someone else
In an old English garden setting, a boy in a cap pushes a wheelchair with a boy in an cap sitting in it, as the whole chair is pulled along in front by a girl in a straw hat. In the foreground are geese flapping their wings.
A long-haired man with a rifle, surrounded by other Native American warriors, runs through a field surrounded by trees and mountains
Standing in front of a covered bridge in a rural setting, a man holds a camera, pointing a lens towards a woman who blushes as she grabs her neck.
In an old English garden setting, a boy in a cap pushes a wheelchair with a boy in an cap sitting in it, as the whole chair is pulled along in front by a girl in a straw hat. In the foreground are geese flapping their wings.
A silhouetted tractor rides down a road at twilight against on orange sky, with a human figure at the front.
A closeup of a man with a scarred face wrapped in bandages and wearing a black fedora
A closeup of a man with a scarred face wrapped in bandages and wearing a black fedora
A colorful image of three teenage girls holding 1990s-style cellular phones; the blonde in the middle looks at camera with a clueless expression. One girl on either side of her talks on her own phone.
Two blonde women with teased hair and retro outfits look at camera with attitude
A young man of medium brown skin wearing an athletic tank top with the word CHARGERS on it sits in a locker room and looks pensively.
Two women smile take a polaroid of themselves, both wearing makeup, the one on the left in sunglasses and kerchief.
Two women, one traditionally feminine in a black dress and lipstick and the other more butch in a gray tank top sit next to each other in a dark room
A young man of medium brown skin wearing an athletic tank top with the word CHARGERS on it sits in a locker room and looks pensively.
Two blonde women with teased hair and retro outfits look at camera with attitude
A colorful image of three teenage girls holding 1990s-style cellular phones; the blonde in the middle looks at camera with a clueless expression. One girl on either side of her talks on her own phone.
Two women, one traditionally feminine in a black dress and lipstick and the other more butch in a gray tank top sit next to each other in a dark room
Two women smile take a polaroid of themselves, both wearing makeup, the one on the left in sunglasses and kerchief.
A brown-skinned woman in dreadlocks kisses the forehead of a light-skinned man with a bloody forehead as they crouch against a white wall
A man wearing a t-shirt and jacket and khakis runs from a blazing explosion in the background
A brown-skinned woman in dreadlocks kisses the forehead of a light-skinned man with a bloody forehead as they crouch against a white wall
A man in a yellow polo shirt stands next to a teenage boy in graduation gown, holding a painting of an African king and queen
A woman in a black Louise Brooks bob smoking a cigarette and lying down looks at us.
A man wearing a t-shirt and jacket and khakis runs from a blazing explosion in the background
A man in a yellow polo shirt stands next to a teenage boy in graduation gown, holding a painting of an African king and queen
A woman in a black Louise Brooks bob smoking a cigarette and lying down looks at us.