As the technology of the moving image transforms—what was once confined to fuzzy film projections now consists of high-definition cinema, video games, digital art and television—so has the Museum of the Moving Image, America’s only museum dedicated to screen culture. The institution reopened in January after a three-year, $67 million renovation. In honor of its designation as NYC & Company’s Culture Spot for the month of February, the museum will be offering two-for-one admission, which can be used to enjoy special events, screenings and exhibitions throughout the month, including the recently launched art-meets-technology exhibition Real Virtuality.
The three-story expansion, designed by Brooklyn-based Leeser Architecture, doubled the museum’s size and features a stunning, 267-seat theater paneled in Yves Klein blue, a 68-seat screening room, a courtyard garden for open-air screenings during the summer and new galleries and screening spaces—including the slick, 50-foot lobby wall where Japanese artist Chiho Aoshima’s City Glow plays continuously.
As the museum modernizes, it continues to celebrate the medium’s history. The building’s Astoria home was once a Paramount Pictures studio that produced silent films in the 1920s, and its permanent collection includes everything from an original 1890s Magniscope projector—one of the first inventions to project a moving image—to the original Star Wars Chewbacca mask and, a recent acquisition, the artificial wounded legs of Winona Ryder’s character in Black Swan.
The two-for-one savings on admission at the Museum of the Moving Image is valid February 1–28, 2011. This savings may not be combined with any other offer, discount or promotion. Download the discount coupon via the link above; the coupon will also be available during the entire month of February at the Official NYC Information Centers in Midtown, Harlem and the Times Square Alliance, and at the Official NYC Information Kiosks in Chinatown and at City Hall.
Check it out. There is always something to do and see in New York!
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