Lip-Reading Puppets: The Curators’ Prescription for Deciphering the Quay Brothers

Aug 9, 2012–Jan 7, 2013


The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes. 2005. Germany/Great Britain/France. Directed by the Quay Brothers

Presented in conjunction with the Museum’s Quay Brothers gallery exhibition, this is a complete retrospective of the film and video works of the twin Quay Brothers, the Philadelphia-born, London-based masters of stop-motion puppet animation and live-action film. Organized to encourage an appreciation of their versatility across a range of moving image genres, this series of twice-monthly screenings includes shorts, dance films, documentaries, music videos, commercial spots, and their two feature films. Never before has their distinctive visual poetry of gesture and alienation been presented in full. The series continues in December with two programs of the Quays’ innovative documentaries created in collaboration with Keith Griffiths for The Arts Council of Great Britain, Channel 4, and the Program for Art on Film.

Organized by Ron Magliozzi, Associate Curator, Department of Film.


  • Quay Brothers: On Deciphering the Pharmacist's Prescription for Lip-Reading Puppets Exhibition catalogue, Paperback, 64 pages

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