At 8:30 a.m. on August 2, Stephen and Timothy Quay arrived at The Museum of Modern Art conservation lab to complete an installation titled Please Sniff, heralding the Museum’s current landmark retrospective of their work. Faced with an empty blackboard, a box of chalk, a pile of deer antlers and breakfast, they spent the next two hours in the presence of a time-lapse camera crafting a piece that points the way to their 17 Dormitoriums—installation works based on décors from their puppet-animated films—which are on display in the Museum’s Titus Theater Galleries.
Please Sniff is crowned with a set-design element from their 1995 feature Institute Benjamenta. The Museum’s new 35mm print of Institute Benjamenta will be shown on August 23 at 7:00 p.m., as part of its monthly Quay film series, Lip-Reading Puppets: the Curator’s Prescription for Deciphering the Quay Brothers.
The exhibition is on view in MoMA’s second-floor Dunn galleries and in the theaters through January 7, 2013.