After a three-year renovation, the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria throws open its doors on Saturday to reveal a transformed space that lives up to its name more than ever.
The new space almost doubles the square footage of the old, and the clean lines of the interior make stepping into the museum a transporting experience.
There’s a lot to like about the new MOMI, but we’ve narrowed the best features down to five.
The museum offers a slate of programming to rival Lincoln Center’s. Upcoming guests include Bill Cosby; Spike Jonze with David O. Russell; and Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara.
Video games as culture
The museum recognizes and salutes the artistry of video game creation with a display of old arcade cabinets and a station with playable consoles, from the Odyssey (1972) to the Sega Genesis (1989).
New special exhibition galleries
The new third-floor gallery hosts changing exhibitions. The inaugural show, “Real Virtuality,” comprises six interactive installations that invite viewers to project themselves into a virtual space through 3D videos, conceptual video games and more.
They’ve got a Cosby sweater on display! You’ll also find “Star Trek” Ken and Barbie dolls, Marlon Brando’s “Godfather” mouth prosthesis, Mork from Ork’s uniform and much more. There’s plenty for media geeks of every stripe.
The permanent exhibition, “Behind the Screen,” always has been a centerpiece of the museum. The updated version examines the history of film and TV production with interactive stations for such things as Automated Dialogue Replacement (below), where you can record new dialogue for an old film.