See Inside AMC and MoMI’s Living with the Walking Dead Exhibit


Moving Image Museum has partnered with AMC for their major exhibit, Living with The Walking Dead, on view through January 2023. The exhibit explores the origins, production and impact of The Walking Dead with exhibits that include life-size mannequins nature of iconic characters, original costumes, prosthetics, busts, props, fan art, action figures, scripts, storyboards and much more.

Photo credit: Thanassi Karageorgiou/Moving Image Museum

“It’s wonderful to partner with AMC Networks again, this time to present an exhibition dedicated to the long-running original series. The Walking Deadsaid Carl Goodman, executive director of MoMI. “More than just a television show, it’s a cultural phenomenon that’s adored by legions of fans, who celebrate the innovative, engaging, and immersive world its creators have built, and for its diverse cast of characters. exhibition will bleed from our gallery of temporary exhibitions to our theaters, classrooms and other public spaces.

Photo credit: Thanassi Karageorgiou/Moving Image Museum

“Over 11 seasons and 177 episodes, The Walking Dead has built a vibrant and massive global following of fans, becoming one of television’s most beloved franchises,” said Dan McDermott, President of Entertainment and AMC Studios for AMC Networks. “We are thrilled to be working with MoMI on an exhibition and event lineup to commemorate the historic run of this beloved series, the immensely talented creative team, cast and crew who brought it to life, and give to this incredible fanbase a new and exciting way to experience their favorite show.

A model dressed as The Walking Dead character Daryl Dixon, along with his dog and key accessories, is featured in the Living with The Walking Dead exhibit. Photo credit: Thanassi Karageorgiou/Moving Image Museum

The exhibition Living with The Walking Dead, in the Gallery of Temporary Exhibitions on the Museum’s third floor, will explore the questions at the heart of the series: the related threats of murderous undead and the breakdown of social order. It will explore the cinematic and literary antecedents of The Walking Dead, including its origin in Robert Kirkman’s comic book series, and showcases the unique innovations brought about by the AMC Networks series, with its expansive survival story, diverse cast of characters, and legion of devoted fans. The exhibit will include original costumes and props, concept art, storyboards, scripts, and a host of prosthetic makeup materials. Created by special effects makeup supervisor and executive producer Greg Nicotero and his team at award-winning KNB EFX Studios, the special effects makeup has transformed legions of cast members into undead walkers with glowing accomplishments, largely using practical effects. Tickets are available here: https://movingimage.us/event/living-with-the-walking-dead/

The centerpiece of the Living with The Walking Dead exhibit features nine models dressed as key characters, including Rick, Morgan, Negan, Carol, Daryl, Maggie, Michonne, Father Gabriel and Jadis. Photo credit: Thanassi Karageorgiou/Moving Image Museum

The first month of Living with The Walking Dead is accompanied by the series of projections Films of the Dead: Romero and Co.anchored by the seminal films of George A. Romero, beginning with his 1968 independent masterpiece night of the living dead. The eleven-film series, presented with the support of horror streamer Shudder, includes films from Romero’s cinematic zombie corpus, as well as a delirious selection of modern variations from directors as varied as Edgar Wright, Zack Snyder, Jim Jarmusch and Shinichiro Ueda. Many films will be paired as double feature presentations (one admission price for two films). Tickets are $15 (with discounts for seniors, students, youth/free or discounted for MoMI members). Advance tickets are available online at www.movingimage.us/films-of-the-dead. Ticket holders can add a visit to the Living with The Walking Dead exhibit for $10.

All 193 issues of Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead comic book series are featured in the Living with The Walking Dead exhibit. Photo credit: Thanassi Karageorgiou/Moving Image Museum

The next series of films will be White Zombies: Nightmares of the Empire, from August 19 to September 11. This series, beginning with the horror classic Bela Lugosi White Zombie (1932), will trace the zombie’s propensity to reflect not only the horror of imperialism, but also a multitude of its anxieties, from miscegenation to war. Guest programmed by Kelli Weston. Films include: White Zombie (Dir. Victor Halperin, 1932), Ouanga (Dir. George Terwilliger, 1936), The Ghost Breakers (Dir. George Marshall, 1940), I Walked with a Zombie (Dir. Jacques Tourneur, 1943) , Creature with the Atom Brain (Dir. Edward L. Cahn, 1955), Invisible Invaders (Dir. Edward L. Cahn, 1959), Zombies of Mora Tau (Dir. Edward L. Cahn, 1957), Plague of the Zombie ( Dir. John Gilling, 1966), Deathdream (dir. Bob Clark, 1974), Shock Waves (dir. Ken Wiederhorn, 1977), Zombie (aka Zombi 2) (dir. Lucio Fulci, 1979). On Sunday, August 28, following the screening of The Ghost Breakers, guest curator Kelli Weston, writer-researcher Yasmina Price, and researcher Dr. David Bering-Porter will discuss themes from the series.

Introductory section of the Living with The Walking Dead exhibition. Shown here: posters and artefacts relating to early zombie films and the origins of zombie horror. Photo credit: Thanassi Karageorgiou/Moving Image Museum

The Walking Dead premiered on Halloween Night in 2010 as the #1 cable series launch of all time and is the most-watched series in cable history. It was the first cable series to become the No. 1 show in all of television, including broadcast, a rank it held for five consecutive years. The series has also spawned a vibrant and expanding universe of content that currently includes Talking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead, The Walking Dead: World Beyondtwo spinoffs slated for 2023 and upcoming episodic anthology series Tales of the Living Dead.

AMC Networks continues to develop new content rooted in the unique and entertaining world of The Walking Deadone of the strongest franchises in television history, currently boasting over 50 million followers and fans on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, a thriving in-game presence, The art of AMC’s The Walking Dead universe coffee table book, and a variety of other expansions through which this passionate fan community connects with stories and characters unique to television.

The Walking Dead is produced by AMC Studios and produced by Scott M. Gimple, Chief Content Officer of The Walking Dead Universe, Showrunner Angela Kang, Robert Kirkman, David Alpert, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero, Denise Huth and Tom Luse.

The Museum had previously partnered with AMC Networks for the exhibits Madmen by Matthew Weiner (2015) and From Mr. Chips to Scarface: Walter White’s transformation in Breaking Bad (2013).

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