Mad Men – The Exhibit and Matthew Weiner Interview

Are you mad about Mad Men? I have watched every episode since the pilot and was hooked from day one. If you are a true fan you will love Matthew Weiner’s Mad Men exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image. The exhibit begins with the story behind Matthew Weiner and the creation of Mad Men. The pilot was a writing sample given to David Chase to get the job writing for HBO’s The Sopranos. AMC wanted to get into original programming and brought Matthew Weiner’s Mad Men to our televisions. Now entering its final 7 episodes, Mad Men premieres Sunday April 5, 2015 at 10 p.m.

I visited the exhibit at the Museum of Moving Image with my Mom on Friday evening, which has free admission from 4 to 8 p.m. While we weren’t allowed to take photos, the images below were posted by the Museum of Moving Image’s Facebook page and taken by Thanassi Karageorgiou, except the cast photo by Marion Curtis and the Matthew Weiner photo taken by me.

I was really impressed with the collages that inspired the character’s costumes. Behind each, these reminded me of inspiration boards pre-Pinterest. I wish I could have taken close-up photos of them. Mad Men’s costume designer Janie Bryant really has always impressed me with her attention to detail and how she dressed everyone perfectly to suit the era and personality.

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Two sets were struck and transported for the exhibit. First was the Draper family’s kitchen. The attention to detail, from the cookbook to Betty’s cigarettes, was amazing to see up close.

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Second was Don Draper’s office. I loved everything about it. My favorite is the vintage ashtray. Again, so nice to see up close.

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Mad Men’s attention to detail as seen in Don’s dog tags. He also had three different business cards, shown in the exhibit.

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The Writer’s Room, always a fascinating part of any show as great as Mad Men.

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The cast members and Matthew Weiner showed up at the exhibit! John Slattery, January Jones, Christina Hendricks and Jon Hamm.

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On Sunday, Matthew Weiner was interviewed at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. He is really very astute, articulate and truly passionate about Mad Men. He’s so smart and funny and every time an audience member sneezed, he blessed them. My Mom and I had 5th row center seats. It was such a great event! The theme was Jews in Advertising but really it was a lot about Jews in Mad Men. How they were portrayed and referred to. Fascinating. I could listen to Weiner for 2 more hours. While he said he wasn’t a great student at his L.A. private school and Wesleyan University, he is so intelligent! He is only a few years older than me. As a writer I can only dream of creating such a world on paper brought to life on the small screen. What a success story!

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Thank you for reading. What do you love most about Mad Men? How should it end? What year do you think it will be?

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16 comments

  1. Sounds like a wonderfully fun exhibit. I just started watching Mad Men last spring on Netflix and am catching up with the first part of the seventh season just now, since the episodes were just added. Absolutely in love, too! Thank you for sharing some pictures!

  2. I was so excited to read this blog post, Jill! I loved your descriptions and the photos that you included, it all looks so incredible, and is probably as close as I’ll get to it, so thank you!

    I almost fell down when I read that the cast members showed up at the exhibit too. What an experience and so inspiring, I’d love to have been a part of a show like Mad Men.

    I’m really glad that you had such a good time. I’m going to have to hide from the internet from Sunday, I started marathoning the show with my fiancé who had never watched it, we’re currently on Season 4.

  3. Reblogged this on The Girl in Glasses | Life through a lens and commented:
    Apologies for the lack of a Motivational Monday post this week, the weather here has been rather bleak and uninspiring today, so instead, why not grab yourself a cup of tea and read my friends blog post about the Mad Men exhibit in New York? Mad Men is one of my all-time favourite television shows, so I thoroughly enjoyed this!

  4. Fantastic, thanks so much for sharing! I’ve been enjoying Mad Men for a few years now. I really enjoy the characters Peggy and Joan, and also how Sally’s storyline is evolving.

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