‘The Walking Dead’ exhibit opens at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria

The Walking Dead exhibit at The Museum of the Moving Image
The Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria opens its new exhibition dedicated to “The Walking Dead” Saturday. (Courtesy of MoMI)

The Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria is offering sanctuary to fans of “The Walking Dead” who have been adrift since the most recent episodes of the post-apocalyptic series wrapped up in April.

MoMI and AMC Networks are teaming up to present “Living with The Walking Dead,” a major exhibition opening Saturday, June 25, exploring key aspects of the show’s origins, production and impact. The exhibition will be accompanied by multiple screening series and other public events over a six-month span, closing on Jan. 1, 2023.

“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,’” MoMI Executive Director Carl Goodman said. “More than just a television 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, and for its diverse cast of characters.”

The Walking Dead exhibit at The Museum of the Moving Image
Courtesy of MoMI

The exhibition “Living with The Walking Dead,” in the museum’s third-floor changing exhibitions gallery will probe the issues at the heart of the series: the related threats of the murderous undead Walkers and the collapse of the social order. It will explore the cinematic and literary antecedents of “The Walking Dead,” including its origin in Robert Kirkman’s classic comic book series, and present the unique innovations that the AMC Network series has contributed, with its wide-ranging story of survival, diverse cast of characters and devoted legions of fans.

The exhibition includes original costumes and props, concept art, storyboards, scripts and a wealth of prosthetic makeup materials that transformed so many extras into vividly realized undead Walkers, largely using practical effects.

Tickets and more information are available here.

The Walking Dead exhibit at The Museum of the Moving Image
MoMI will also present a screening series dedicated to horror-master George R. Romero. (Courtesy of MoMI)

“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 immensely talented creative team, cast and crew who brought it to life, and give this incredible fanbase a new and exciting way to experience their favorite show.”

For the old-school horror fans, the first month of “Living with The Walking Dead” will be accompanied by the screening series “Films of the Dead: Romero and Co.,” anchored by the seminal films of George A. Romero, starting with his 1968 independent masterpiece “Night of the Living Dead.”

The 11-film series is presented with support from horror streamer Shudder and includes films from Romero’s cinematic zombie corpus, plus a selection of modern variations from directors as varied as Edgar Wright, Zack Snyder, Jim Jarmusch and Shinichiro Ueda. Many of the films will be paired as double-feature presentations with one ticket price for two films. For more information and tickets visit here.