June 23, 2022 By Czarinna Andres
Get ready for a zombie apocalypse.
The Museum of the Moving Image and AMC Networks are partnering to present “Living with The Walking Dead,” an exhibit devoted to the groundbreaking series The Walking Dead.
The exhibit will open on June 25 at the Astoria-based museum and will explore key aspects of the show’s origins, production and impact. The exhibition will run through to Jan.1, 2023 and will include multiple screenings and various public events during the six month period.
The series was launched by AMC Networks on Halloween 2010 and is about to enter its final season.
The gritty drama, which was the first cable series to become the No. 1 show in all of television, portrays life following a zombie apocalypse. The show is about a group of survivors who are constantly on the move looking for security and safety. Their desperation often leads them to the depths of human cruelty, resulting in conflicts often more deadly than the zombies/walkers that roam the country.
“It’s wonderful to be once again partnering with AMC Networks, this time to present an exhibition devoted to the long-running original series The Walking Dead,” said Carl Goodman, MoMI executive director. “More than a show, it is a cultural phenomenon that is adored by legions of fans, who celebrate the innovative, engaging and immersive world that its makers have built. This exhibition will bleed outward from our temporary exhibitions gallery and into our theaters, classrooms and other public spaces.”
The exhibition will be held on the museum’s third-floor gallery, and it will probe the issues at the heart of the series: the related threats of the murderous undead and the collapse of the social order. It will explore the cinematic and literary beginnings of The Walking Dead, including its origin in Robert Kirkman’s comic book series, and present the unique innovations that the AMC Networks series has contributed, with its wide-ranging story of survival, diverse cast of characters, and devoted legion of fans.
The exhibition will include original costumes and props, concept art, storyboards, scripts, and a wealth of prosthetic makeup material. The special effects and makeup material transformed legions of actors into undead walkers.
“Over 11 seasons and 177 episodes, The Walking Dead has built a vibrant and massive global fan following, becoming one of the most beloved franchises in television,” said Dan McDermott, President of Entertainment and AMC Studios for AMC Networks. “We’re delighted to work with MoMI on an exhibition and lineup of events to commemorate this beloved series’ historic run.”
The series has also led to expanding content, including Talking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead, The Walking Dead: World Beyond, two spinoffs planned for 2023, and the forthcoming episodic anthology series Tales of the Walking Dead.
AMC Networks continues to develop new content rooted in The Walking Dead, which is one of the most powerful franchises in the history of television, with more than 50 million social media followers and fans across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
The Museum previously partnered with AMC Networks on the exhibitions “Matthew Weiner’s Mad Men” (2015) and “From Mr. Chips to Scarface: Walter White’s Transformation in Breaking Bad” (2013).
The Museum of Moving Image is located at 36-01 35th Ave. in Astoria.
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Tickets: $14–$20 (free or discounted for MoMI members). Each ticket includes timed-entry admission to the special exhibition, plus access to all Museum galleries.