Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Blink and you may have missed it, but during the “The Simpsons” 20th anniversary special show that aired last night on the Fox network, titled “The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special—In 3D! On Ice!” there was a brief glimpse of Il Momento Della Morte (2009), a stained glass work by New York-based artist Joseph Cavalieri. Directed by Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock (of Super Size Me fame), the episode tracked “The Simpsons” cult following around the world. Cavalieri’s stained glass work was not only included in the documentary, Spurlock went on to buy one of Cavalieri’s panels, as did Simpsons writer John Frink.
It all started last fall when Spurlock’s researchers found out about Cavalieri’s work. Never mind that Cavalieri’s panels featuring characters from “The Simpsons” had been in group exhibitions at the Boston Society for Arts & Crafts or at the Robert Lehman Gallery at Urban Glass, it was mention of the stained glass works on a Simpson’s fan Website that brought the documentary team to the artist’s New York City studio.

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