New York City is the place to be for stop-motion fans this winter. Hot on the heels of Museum of the Moving Image’s Laika exhibit announcement, New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has announced a multi-part exhibit focusing on Guillermo del Toro and his upcoming Netflix stop-motion feature, Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio.
Following what, as of now, is an unspecified November theatrical release date, “Guillermo del Toro: Crafting Pinocchio” will run from December 11, 2022 through April 16, 2023.
- Visitors will experience the Pinocchio on-set stop-motion environment via five full working sets and four large set pieces. A selection of puppets and marionettes, maquettes, props, sculptural molds, drawings, development materials, and time-lapse and motion-test videos from the film will be on display in the Paul J. Sachs Galleries on the museum’s second floor.
- “Crafting Pinocchio” shines a spotlight on the artistry of Pinocchio’s stop-motion teams at both studios behind the production – Shadowmachine in Portland and Taller del Chucho, a studio in del Toro’s hometown of Guadalajara, Mexico, affiliated with the Centro Internacional de Animación.
- MoMA will also screen Pinocchio in a short run from December 22 through December 29, 2022.
- In addition to “Crafting Pinocchio,” MoMA is celebrating del Toro and his greater body of work throughout the exhibit’s run. The museum will screen a complete retrospective of del Toro’s films in December 2022 and January 2023, and has invited the filmmaker to participate in its “Carte Blanche” series to present a selection of films by others that are most important to him.
- To enrich the retrospective of del Toro’s filmography, a newly-commissioned immersive video series will be on display in the Debra and Leon Black Family Film Center gallery space. There, visitors will be exposed to themes frequently seen in del Toro’s films, a comprehensive selection of studio-issued and alternative art posters, and a specially created, site-specific soundscape.
Image at top: Guillermo del Toro on the set of ‘Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio’ © Netflix 2022. Photo: Jason Schmidt.