Monday, February 23, 2015

Farewell to Mad Men, NYC Mad Men Events and The Smithsonian Museum

Set in 1960s New York, the sexy, stylized and provocative AMC drama Mad Men follows the lives of the ruthlessly competitive men and women of Madison Avenue advertising, an ego-driven world where key players make an art of the sell.

AMC’s award-winning drama Mad Men made history as the first basic cable series ever to win the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series in four consecutive years. Created by Emmy and Golden Globe-winning executive producer Matthew Weiner and produced by Lionsgate, Mad Men has riveted audiences with the seductive and intriguing world of Sterling Cooper & Partners. 

Created by Emmy and Golden Globe winning executive producer Matthew Weiner, Mad Men is anchored by an award-winning ensemble cast, including Jon Hamm, January Jones, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, Jessica Paré, Rich Sommer, Aaron Staton, Robert Morse, Kiernan Shipka, Jay Ferguson, and Christopher Stanley.

The Premise: The series revolves around the conflicted world of Don Draper (Hamm), the biggest ad man (and ladies man) in the business, and his colleagues at the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce Advertising Agency. As Don makes the plays in the boardroom and the bedroom, he struggles to stay a step ahead of the rapidly changing times and the young executives nipping at his heels. The series also depicts authentically the roles of men and women in this era while exploring the true human nature beneath the guise of 1960s traditional family values. (information from AMC website
Jon Hamm as Don Draper from "Mad Men." (Michael Yarish / AMC)

For those of you who are Mad Men fans, in the next month we are sad to say goodbye to one of the most fabulous dramas from AMC. If you have never watched the show, I suggest start with Season 1 on Netflix ASAP. I have been watching since the start, in 2007, I can't believe it has been 8 years since it began! I really love period dramas, and with this starting in the 1960's, it was just pure gold. I embraced the fashions, the amazing storylines and the actors who really poured themselves into their characters. It was fun to see them go from each year, the changes that came about in the business and fashion world. The fact that they won the Emmy for outstanding drama the first 4 seasons of airing, tells you something. Their costume designer, Janie Bryant, has won numerous awards for her outstanding design. The final season begins April 5, 2015 on AMC at 10pm. 

I have had The Smithsonian Museum on my list for a while, to see Archie Bunker's chair and our best lady, Julia Child's kitchen, but now with some Mad Men memorabilia on it's way, I must get to the museum very soon! 

AMC has recently announced  that iconic props, costumes, set décor, scripts and research material from Mad Men, including Don Draper's grey suit and fedora(pictured above), and his often-used office bar cart, will join the permanent collection of the National Museum of American History at a ceremony in Washington on March 27, 2015. 

The museum, the national repository for American cultural history, also will receive creator Matthew Weiner's original script for the seminal episode "The Wheel" (Episode 113) with an alternate ending that was never filmed, AMC said.The ceremony will take place about a week before the Emmy-winning and Golden Globe-winning series kicks off its final seven episodes, on April 5.
Megan Draper (Jessica Paré) 
Don Draper (Jon Hamm) 
Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss) 
Bertram Cooper (Robert Morse) 
All Photos Credit: Frank Ockenfels/AMC

A number of fabulous events are planned for "Mad Men's" fictional home of New York City. An exhibition at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens running from March 14 to June 14 will feature "Mad Men" costumes, sets & props as well as Matthew Weiner's personal notes with research material. 

The Museum of the Moving Image will also hold a public conversation with Matthew Weiner on March 20 and "Required Viewing, 'Mad Men's' Movie Influences," a series of 10 films selected by the show runner including Billy Wilder's "The Apartment," Arthur Hiller's "The Americanization of Emily" and Claude Chabrol's "Les Bonnes Femmes." It runs March 14 to April 19. A two-day film festival is also on tap at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on April 22 and 23.

The Film Society of Lincoln Center will host a conversation with Weiner and cast members Jon Hamm, Christina Hendricks, January Jones, John Slattery and Vincent Kartheiser on March 21. Fans can also take part in a free marathon screening of key "Mad Men" episodes selected by Matthew Weiner on March 20 and 21 at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center.

The New York Public Library will plug its "Mad Men Reading List," a collection of 25 titles read by characters in the series, at its three largest branches. 

Matthew Weiner will be appearing at the Museum of Jewish Heritage on March 29 to speak about Jewish identity in advance of an exhibition, "Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism," opening March 31, 2015. 
Betty Francis (January Jones), Henry Francis (Christopher Stanley) and Sally Draper (Kiernan Shipka) Photo Credit: Frank Ockenfels/AMC
Betty Francis (January Jones) 
Roger Sterling (John Slattery) 
Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser) 
Joan Harris (Christina Hendricks) 
All Photos Credit: Frank Ockenfels/AMC


This photo of Jon Hamm from Vanity Fair magazine is just too much! 

Roger Sterling (John Slattery) Photo Credit: Frank Ockenfels /AMC
Did you know John Slattery did a Sex and the City episode? 
These barbie dolls were just too darn cute! 
Don Draper (Jon Hamm) 
Photo Credit: Frank Ockenfels/AMC

Don Draper (Jon Hamm) 
Photo Credit: Frank Ockenfels /AMC

I am so thrilled that the show introduced us to some great actors such as Jon Hamm, Christina Hendricks, Elizabeth Moss, and the girl who grew up on the show, Kiernan Shipka, who has become a very classy young lady. I feel we will continue to hear from these great actors in the future, Jon Hamm has a great sense of humor, he was so funny in Saturday Night Live. I am excited to see how this show will end, and maybe I will start to watch all over again from the beginning. This type of show allows you to see different things each time you view an episode, which is so fabulous! 

Are you a fan of the show? Are you sad to see it leave? Who are your favorite characters? 

Photo Credit: Frank Ockenfels /AMC


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