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Treasures In The Trash, A Look Inside The 45,000-Piece Collection of Trashed Treasures Curated By Sanitation Worker Nelson Molina

For 34 years, New York Sanitation worker, Nelson Molina collected items in the trash on his route in East Harlem. Over 45,000 items, all catalogued and organized on the second floor of the M11 garage. 

Nelson retired from the job in 2015, but comes to the garage routinely to check in on his “museum.”

The collection is not open to the public since it is in an active garage, but our hope is to get a proper space with the help of this film. Please visit nycstrongest.org/future-museum to donate!

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The Comic Con Museum Announces The Art of Shag Exhibit 

The Comic Con Museum in San Diego is teaming up with Josh Agle, the prolific artist known as Shag, to present a look at his works, methods and career.  Imbued with a distinctive attitude and sly sense of humor the works of Shag blend Pop Culture, Tiki Culture and the Mid-Century Modern aesthetic to create unique pieces that are unmistakably of our time, but reminiscent of animation and commercial art from the fifties and sixties.

The exhibit will showcase originals, prints and a sampling of his books and merchandise created throughout his career in a gallery touched by the same wry and colorful sense of retro decadence that features so prominently in the pieces on display.

An exclusive Exhibit Preview event with Shag that benefits the Comic-Con Museum is scheduled for Friday, September 20.

Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, craft cocktails and live music from The Martini Kings while you mingle with Shag in a mid-century inspired lounge space. Tickets are $250 and include a signed limited-edition print, courtesy of The Shag Store and Shag himself.  Act fast, as tickets are extremely limited and will sell out very quickly! Order tickets HERE.

The exhibit is open, free to the public, from 10am – 4pm on Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22. The address is 2131 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101.

More info HERE.

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At San Diego Comic Con, Go Behind The Scenes of The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

Just as George Lucas’s original Star Wars film was first introduced through a panel at San Diego Comic-Con back in 1976, this year fans can get their first glimpse at the future of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art during the convention’s 50th anniversary celebration.

Currently under construction in Los Angeles’s Exposition Park, the museum collection will focus on art that tells stories — including everything from ancient Greek pottery to illustrations created for magazines, comic art, and the art of filmmaking (like storyboards, costumes, props, and visual effects from Star Wars and beyond). “The Comic-Con audience has shown incredible dedication not only to George Lucas and his films, but to narrative art more broadly,” the Lucas Museum team recently shared. “We will have much to offer for everyone at the Lucas Museum and we are excited that the Comic-Con audience will be among the first to hear about our museum and collection.”

During the event next week, attendees can join members of the Lucas Museum’s founding curatorial team — Erin M. Curtis, Anastasia James, and founding curatorial team member of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, Ryan Linkof — for Lucas Museum of Narrative Art: Behind the Scenes.

The panel will offer an exciting early glimpse at the collection, carefully assembled to inspire current and future generations through the art of visual storytelling. “We will look at a wide array of works from ancient Roman mosaics to Norman Rockwell to Star Wars concept artist Ralph McQuarrie, and discuss how these diverse works and artists will come together in our galleries to offer fresh insight into narrative art and its significance throughout history,” the team says.

The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art: Behind the Scenes panel will take place Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 10 a.m. in Room 5AB during San Diego Comic-Con.

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Skirball Cultural Center To Present Los Angeles Debut of Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds Exhibit Opening April 30, 2020

The Skirball Cultural Center announces its 2020 presentation of Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds. Organized by the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), Seattle, under license by CBS Consumer Products, the fully immersive exhibition showcases Star Trek’s enduring impact on culture, art, and technology. It also explores how Star Trek broke boundaries with its daring vision of cooperation and inclusion, where humans of all backgrounds work alongside beings from outer space to explore the stars.

On view will be more than 100 rare artifacts, set pieces, and props from the television series, spinoffs, and films—including the navigation console from the original series; Kirk, Spock, Uhura, and McCoy costumes; and the six-foot U.S.S. Enterprise filming model from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Both longtime fans and those new to the cultural phenomenon will learn how fifty-plus years after a television program with modest ratings first aired, the stories and messages of Star Trek continue to resonate worldwide.

Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds debuted at MoPOP in 2016 as part of the franchise’s fiftieth anniversary celebrations. The Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds exhibit will run from April 30–September 6, 2020.

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The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited To Open At The Skirball Cultural Center On June 1, 2018

The Skirball Cultural Center announces the June 1 opening of The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited, a dynamic new visitor experience exploring the legacy of Jim Henson (1936-1990). Featuring more than 100 objects drawn from the beloved worlds of Sesame Street, The Muppets, Fraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, and much more, the traveling exhibition highlights Henson’s groundbreaking work for film and television and his transformative impact on popular culture. It reveals how Henson – together with his team of builders, performers, and writers – created an unparalleled body of work that continues to delight and inspire people of all ages.

Organized by the Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI), New York, The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited will be at the Skirball through September 2. This traveling exhibition is a version of MoMI’s ongoing The Jim Henson Exhibition, which is on view at its home in New York City.

At the Skirball, visitors will have the opportunity to view a broad range of artifacts, including more than twenty puppets, character sketches, storyboards, scripts, photographs, film and television clips, behind-the-scenes footage, and costumes. Interactive stations will invite visitors to try their hand at puppeteering on camera and designing a puppet.

In keeping with its mission, the Skirball will delve into the social impact of Henson’s work, illuminating his vision to forge human connections. In particular, the Skirball will highlight how Henson’s characters and stories represent individuals and communities of diverse backgrounds and abilities, inspiring the public to look beyond differences and cultivate a more compassionate, inclusive world.

The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited begins with a brief look at Henson’s early life through images of Henson as a young man and reproductions of some of his early drawings and sketches. It then follows the steady rise of his career-from early works and experiments to the famed worldwide brands of Sesame Street, The Muppets, and beyond. 

Highlights include:

-Kermit the Frog puppet from 1978
-Handwritten scripts from Henson’s first television series, Sam and Friends (1955-1961)
-A clip from Henson’s Academy Award-nominated experimental short film Time Piece (1965)
-Puppets from Sesame Street (1969- ), including Grover, Ernie and Bert, and Count von Count
-Section on The Muppet Show (1976-1981), including puppets of Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Beaker, and Scooter, as well as material from the Muppets’ transition to the big screen, such as set models and storyboards
-Jen and Kira puppets from The Dark Crystal (1982)
-Red Fraggle from Fraggle Rock (1983-1987), which celebrates its thirty-fifth anniversary this year
-Jareth’s and Sarah’s ballroom costumes from Labyrinth (1986)

The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited is a traveling exhibition organized by Museum of the Moving Image (Astoria, NY) in cooperation with The Jim Henson Company, The Muppets Studio, and Sesame Workshop, and toured worldwide by Flying Fish. The exhibition features puppets and other objects donated to MoMI by the family of Jim Henson, plus works on loan from The Jim Henson Company’s archives.

The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited made its world premiere at the Museum of Pop Culture, Seattle, May 2017-February 2018, in advance of the July 2017 debut of MoMI’s permanent gallery dedicated to Henson.

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Batman 66 Exhibit To Open At The Hollywood Museum On January 12, 2018

President and Founder of the world-famous Hollywood Museum in the historic Max Factor Building, Donelle Dadigan, announced that, the Hollywood Museum is thrilled that Burt Ward and world renown Batman ‘66 collectors, will work together in the first ever “Batman ‘66” exhibit, opening to the public on Jan 12th 2018 – the same date as the 52nd anniversary of the 1966 premiere of the ABC TV series, “Batman.”

On Jan 10th 2018, The Hollywood Museum will turn Hollywood in Gotham City, as they project the iconic Bat Signal on the side of the historic Max Factor building, at a VIP unveiling gala for “Holy Hollywood History! Batman ‘66,” with special appearances by the show’s cast members and other stars in attendance.

The exhibit, which will consist of four popular sections (Wayne Manor, The Batcave, Gallery of Guest Super Villains, and The Collectibles of Batman ‘66), will pay tribute to the memory of Adam West and honor the other half of the Dynamic Duo, Burt Ward, and the iconic show, still seen today in the U.S. and around the world weekly.

The Batman 66 exhibit will feature original costumes and props from the show, which have not been seen since it originally broadcast from 1966-68. Dadigan says, “We have costumes and props that evoke one’s childhood memories of the ever popular TV series, “Batman”. There is something for everyone – from the Batmobile and Batcycle to Burt and Adam’s original costumes worn during the show’s 120 episode run on ABC TV Network, as well as guest villains – and one of my favorites – the original Dr. Casandra costume worn by TV and film star Ida Lupino, that has never been seen publicly before.”

Other highlights include original costumes and costumes recreated due to age and condition representing guest star villlians including The Riddler, The Joker, The Penguin, Mr. Freeze – to name a few; , life size sculptures of the three famous women who brought Catwoman to life (Eartha Kitt, Lee Meriwether and the original, Julie Newmar) with costumes, as well as Yvonne Craig (Batgirl), and more, including Adam West’s face and mannequin from 1966.

The extensive exhibit will also feature much sought after collectibles, including a the “gotta-have” children’s lunch box, action figures of every shape and size, batman and robin puppets, rare Batman Ice Cream boxes, drinking cups, board games, and many more extremely rare collectibles from 1966 too numerous to name and, in some cases, never before seen on public display.

Thousands of hours have gone into mounting this exhibit and a dedicated team of Hollywood Museum staff and world- renown collectors, including Wally Wingert, Scott Sebring, Pat Evans, Tom Woodruff Jr., Nate Truman, Mark Hardeman, Greg Maraio, Alex Zsolt, Christopher Chaisson, Bob Mitsch, Kelly Delcambre, Adrian Van Eck, Ivan Tabac, Brian Puls, Chaz George, Buddy Rogers, Troy Maynus, Daniel Fopma, Dave Tripet, Grigg Espinoza, Rob Klein, and Robert Jungweber have come together to loan amazing items that are now part of TV history – to help create this first ever Batman’66 exhibit, “Holy Hollywood History!” Wally Wingert has been named as the special Curator of this exhibit, with exhibit Organizer, Roger Neal.

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Harry Potter – A Journey Through A History of Magic 

Harry Potter: A History of Magic is the official book of the exhibition, a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration between Bloomsbury, J.K. Rowling and the brilliant curators of the British Library.

It promises to take readers on a fascinating journey through the subjects studied at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry – from Alchemy and Potions classes through to Herbology and Care of Magical Creatures.

Each chapter showcases a treasure trove of artifacts from the British Library and other collections around the world, beside exclusive manuscripts, sketches and illustrations from the Harry Potter archive. There’s also a specially commissioned essay for each subject area by an expert, writer or cultural commentator, inspired by the contents of the exhibition – absorbing, insightful and unexpected contributions from Steve Backshall, the Reverend Richard Coles, Owen Davies, Julia Eccleshare, Roger Highfield, Steve Kloves, Lucy Mangan, Anna Pavord and Tim Peake – who offer a personal perspective on their magical theme. Readers will be able to pore over ancient spell books, amazing illuminated scrolls that reveal the secret of the elixir of life, vials of dragon’s blood, mandrake roots, painted centaurs and a genuine witch’s broomstick, in a book that shows J.K. Rowling’s magical inventions alongside their cultural and historical forebears.

This is the ultimate gift for Harry Potter fans, curious minds, big imaginations, bibliophiles and readers around the world who missed out on the chance to see the exhibition in person. Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic will be published by Scholastic on October 20, 2017.

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It’s Alive! Classic Horror & Sci-Fi Movie Posters From The Kirk Hammett Collection Book

One of the world’s premier collections of horror and sci-fi movie posters comes, not altogether surprisingly, from Kirk Hammett of Metallica, one of the most successful and beloved bands in rock history. Long before Hammett assumed the heavy metal mantle as Metallica’s lead guitarist, he was obsessed with the imaginative universe of horror. From the age of six, he gathered toys, ephemera, and memorabilia from his favorite films. This generously illustrated book highlights the finest examples from Hammett’s personal collection—an astonishing trove of horror and sci-fi film posters that span the history of the genre—along with intriguing essays by Daniel Finamore, Joseph LeDoux, and Steve Almond on the rise of horror culture and the rise it gives us.

The publication accompanies the exhibition “It’s Alive!”: Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection on view at the Peabody Essex Museum from August 12 to November 26, 2017.

Daniel Finamore is The Russell W. Knight Curator of Maritime Art and History, Peabody Essex Museum. Joseph LeDoux is the Henry and Lucy Moses Professor of Science at New York University in the Center for Neural Science and directs the Emotional Brain Institute of New York University and the Nathan Kline Institute. Steve Almond is the author of eleven books of fiction and nonfiction, and the co-host of WBUR’s Dear Sugar Radio.

The 120 page hardcover book features 90 color illustrations and retails for $30. You can order a copy HERE.

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The Art of Spider-Man Society of Illustrators Catalog

Presenting 50-pages of images from the first ever Society of Illustrators exhibition of original Spider-Man artwork by John Romita and other significant artists including Steve Ditko, Todd McFarlane, John Buscema, Ross Andru, Gil Kane, Ron Frenz, Keith Pollard, John Romita Jr. and others.

Includes essays and descriptions from the exhibition. Purchase HERE for $20.

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Batman vs. Boba Fett By Alex Ross

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Famed comic book artist, Alex Ross tweeted this image of Batman vs. Boba Fett from his upcoming exhibition at The Norman Rockwell Museum and the beloved illustrator broke the internet!

Fans are clamoring to see the actual painting with the hopes that a print might ensue!

The Dark Knight battling the Star Wars bounty hunter is just one of 100 new original paintings that will be showcased in the exhibit, Superheroes and Superstars: The Recent Works of Alex Ross.

3,500 square feet of gallery space will feature Alex’s paintings, sketches, and models from his childhood and college years as well as works from current and upcoming high-profile projects. In addition, several never-before-seen personal artworks will be on display, including crossover battles between popular characters from comic books and film.

Ross has graciously offered to prepare an original artwork for Norman Rockwell Museum to promote this tour, which will be available to the public in print and poster form exclusively at www.nrm.org.

What piece will he use to promote the tour? I think the fans have spoken!

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