Plenty of Programming Planned Outside of Astoria During Museum of the Moving Image's $65M Renovation-Expansion
The Museum of the Moving Image (MMI) in The Film Panel Notetaker's neighborhood of Astoria, Queens, has announced that it will hold a groundbreaking celebration for its $65 million expansion and renovation project on February 27. Anticipated for completion in late 2009, the "project will double the current size of the Museum, transforming the entire first floor and creating a strikingly contemporary new three-story addition," according to the MMI.
But don't fret, the MMI has assured that "during the construction period, when its on-site activities will be curtailed, the Museum will continue to provide the public with a diverse and exciting array of off-site screenings, discussions, and family and community programs in all five boroughs."
The activities that will remain during the renovation include:
- The Museum's monthly series of talks, panels, and special programs at The Times Center in Manhattan.
- Scholars and researchers will still have access to the Museum's collection of 130,000+ objects.
- The Museum will also expand its presence on the Web with such programs as The Living Room Candidate (2008 edition) and Moving Image Source, a new international site for serious movie goers.
The list of closings includes:
- The Digital Play exhibition will close immediately after groundbreaking.
- The Museum's core exhibition, Behind the Screen, will close to the public as of March 23, though school groups will still be scheduled through June. Behind the Screen is expected to re-open to the public in early 2009.
- A Tribute to St. Clair Bourne this Sunday, February 10 at 2pm
- The Axe in the Attic preview screening with Lucia Small in person, February 23 at 6:30pm