Image—Eyes of Laura Mars, 1978
Put together a killer outfit for MAD Museum’s Halloween screening of the 1978 noir thriller Eyes of Laura Mars. Faye Dunaway stars as the glamorously controversial New York fashion photographer who suddenly develops the ability to see through the eyes of a homicidal maniac. The evening will be hosted by the genre-defying artist Machine Dazzle, whose outré outrageous costumes are currently on view in Queer Maximalism x Machine Dazzle. In addition to screening an original 35mm cut of the stylish neo-noir, there will be a costume contest, candy giveaways, a step-and-repeat custom-designed by Machine Dazzle to capture all the drama, and a surprise guerrilla street theater moment outside the Museum inspired by the film’s decadent fashion photography created by none other than superstar photographer Helmut Newton.
DATE: Oct 27
TIME: 7 pm
SUGGESTED ATTIRE: 70s haute couture, faux furs, trashy lingerie
To accompany the exhibition Queer Maximalism x Machine Dazzle, MAD is screening a series of movie nights curated and hosted by Machine Dazzle. All released in the late seventies and early eighties, these films helped to shape the artist and DIY designer’s omnivorous approach to culture. In the spirit of the exhibition, Movie Nights with Machine Dazzle will be playful and predictably over-the-top. All films will be introduced by Machine and followed by talkbacks with the artist.
Movie Night with Machine: Clash of the Titans
Thu, Oct 13 / 7 pm
Join Machine Dazzle for a screening of the 1981 fantasy-action film, Clash of the Titans. Best remembered for Ray Harryhausen’s iconic stop-motion monsters, Clash of the Titans features American heartthrob Harry Hamlin as demigod Perseus and none other than the great British actor Laurence Olivier as his father, Zeus. Shown in its original 35mm, this romantic adventure is an ’80s classic, and for critic Roger Ebert, “gloriously silly.”
Movie Night with Machine: Star Trek: The Motion Picture
Tue, Oct 25 / 7 pm
Join Machine Dazzle for a screening of the sci-fi classic Star Trek: The Motion Picture. The first full-length film based on the syndicated series, the 1979 hit movie reunited the cast from the short-lived ‘60s television show for a special-effects-laden feature produced by creator Gene Rodenberry. Captain Kirk, Dr. Spock, and the rest of the gang head back to space on a souped-up USS Enterprise to investigate a mysterious energy cloud headed straight for Earth. More 2001: A Space Odyssey than Star Wars, Star Trek: The Motion Picture is the franchise at its most awe-struck and philosophical.
Movie Night with Machine: Xanadu
Tue, Dec 20 / 7 pm
Join Machine Dazzle for a big 50th birthday Movie Night screening of Xanadu, the “high camp” roller-boogie classic that changed Machine’s life forever! The 1980 musical fever dream features the late, great pop icon Olivia Newton-John as a Greek muse sent to Earth to inspire a struggling artist…to open a roller disco called Xanadu with dance legend Gene Kelly. Come dressed in your disco-ball best for our Xanadu-inspired costume contest judged by Machine!
Movie Night with Machine: Evil Under the Sun
Tue, Jan 10 / 7 pm
Join Machine Dazzle for a winter getaway screening of the 1982 film Evil Under the Sun, set in a luxurious island resort and starring Peter Ustinov as Agatha Christie’s Detective Hercule Poirot. Originally released with the tagline, “Evil is everywhere, even in paradise,” the whodunit was the Academy Award-winner’s second outing as Poirot, following the 1978 hit Death on the Nile. The fabulously costumed cast is rounded out by a veritable who’s who of British stage and screen, including Maggie Smith, Jane Birkin, James Mason, Roddy McDowall, and Diana Rigg at her most glamorous.