The New Museum has announced that Matthew Weiner will be the 2013 Stuart Regen Visionary. What does that mean for everyone?
For you, it means that you'll have a chance to see him speak, with Author A.M. Homes, on September 27th.
For Weiner, it means that he'll be honored as a leading international thinker in contemporary culture. This is part of the museum's Visionaries Series, and in the past Alice Waters, Bill T. Jones, and Jimmy Wales have all been honored. Curator at Large, Richard Flood, really hyped the show in his statement, saying:
"Mad Men cuts like a razor, but its humanitarian impulses lift the show above the never-ending, brutal cycles of competition. Matthew Weiner has created something that has raised television’s standard for quality and invention. Mad Men is a true, visionary accomplishment, one that transcends genre and suggests a new, expanded definition of telenovela because ‘series’ just isn’t adequate.”
The museum also believes that "the show has the extraordinary ability to vividly recreate that decade" of the 1960s, and you can revisit all of the historical references right here.
The show will likely return for its final season early next year, though no premiere date has been set yet—Weiner recently said, "I'm in denial about the show ending."
Tickets for the talk will go on sale to members first ($20), now through September 1st, and then to the general public ($25).