Wonder Rooms is a collaborative archival and data collection project created by Mala Kumar in partnership with Museum of the Moving Image that seeks to fill in the stories that are not on display, and to uncover and draw attention to the struggles and triumphs of people of color who have long existed in the margins of film and television history. Wonder Rooms turns MoMI's long-running core exhibition Behind the Screen into a site of testimony and witness.
Every Movie Cough
Every Movie Cough is the world’s most complete collection of cinematic coughs (and sneezes). Since the beginning of motion pictures, filmmakers have trained their cameras at whooping, wheezing, sneezing, sniffling, hacking humans. Some of these expulsions are pivotal to the narrative. Many are purely incidental. But today, they all take on a new significance as vectors for disease. That’s why we believe now is the moment to examine them together in isolation, to see how their depictions vary across history and genre.
The Living Room Candidate
The Living Room Candidate contains more than 300 commercials, from every presidential election since 1952, when Madison Avenue advertising executive Rosser Reeves convinced Dwight Eisenhower that short ads played during such popular TV programs as I Love Lucy would reach more voters than any other form of advertising. This innovation had a permanent effect on the way presidential campaigns are run.