Philadelphia is home to one of the world's most fascinating museums, where medical anomalies and antique instruments of health look more like tools of terror and torture – the Mütter Museum. Glass cases lined with skulls, strange wax models, and deformed babies pickling in jars are just a few of this "disturbingly informative" museum's collection. It also happens to be the site of the newest Quay Brothers film, Through the Weeping Glass: On the Consolations of Life Everlasting (Limbos & Afterbreezes in the Mütter Museum).
The Pennsylvania-born twin brothers – who have since taken up camp at their Koninck Studios in London – are renown for their darkly beautiful stop-motion animations, which reference a variety of fascinating esoteric and artistic influences. They've turned toward the Mütter's cabinet of curiosities for Through the Weeping Glass – in particular a 17th century pop-up anatomical book along with several other oddities and objects – to be featured in the new movie that debuts at the museum on September 22. There will also be screenings at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City on September 24, and Los Angeles' Museum of Jurassic Technology on September 27.
For an education on the brothers' other museum "meta-documentaries," check out The Phantom Museum, which goes inside the vaults of Sir Henry Wellcome's medical collection. There's also 2009's Inventorium of Traces that delves into Poland's Lancut Castle. If you need more Q for your uay, dig into this video interview with Mütter director Robert Hicks about the new film and the "frightening, cruel beauty" of the museum's oddities.