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Spring into Slapstick

April 7–15, 2012

“Spring into Slapstick” with The Three Stooges during New York City schools’ spring recess! From Saturday, April 7, through Sunday, April 15, the Museum is pleased to present daily screenings of Three Stooges matinees and daily claymation workshops (additionally on Friday, April 6), in which children build their own three-dimensional figure and create a stop-motion animation. Please also note special Monday Museum hours on April 9, from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

More aggressive, inept, and juvenile than the Marx Brothers, the Three Stooges were enormous stars of vaudeville, film, and television. In anticipation of the Farrelly Brothers new film, The Three Stooges, the Museum has selected some of the funniest short films starring the trio in their prime, during the “Curly Years” of 1934 through 1946. Each program includes three shorts and runs approximately 60 minutes.

Three Stooges films and claymation workshops are recommended for children ages 10 and older.

The Three Stooges: Grips, Grunts, and Groans (1937), From Nurse to Worse (1943), In the Sweet Pie and Pie (1941)
Saturday, April 7, 12:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 8, 12:00 p.m.
Monday, April 9–Friday, April 13, 2:00 p.m. daily
Saturday, April 14, and Sunday, April 15, 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. both days
Approx. 60 mins. 35mm. Curly finds grunt work as a sparring partner at the Hangover Athletic Club; he pretends that he is nuts by impersonating a dog as part of an insurance scam; and the boys get married, trading in wedding cake for custard pie.

Claymation Workshop
Friday, April 6–Sunday, April 15, 2:00 p.m. daily
Ages 10+. In this one-hour workshops, children create their own three-dimensional characters made from clay, then animate them using the same technique used to create popular animated films like the Wallace and Gromit series. $10 materials fee / $5 Red Carpet Kids Members.

Also on view are the Museum’s hands-on core exhibition Behind the Screen, and the temporary new exhibition JODI: Street Digital, featuring recent works by Internet-art pioneers JODI, which draw upon LED signs, YouTube, video games, and smartphone apps to explore how media technologies frame our experience of the street.

During spring recess, educators will present daily demonstrations of Picture Editing, Kinetoscope, Sound Editing, and the First Video Game in Behind the Screen. There will also be added screenings of Dick Tracy vs. Crime Inc. in Tut's Fever Movie Palace.