Thursday, March 27
In returning us to an era when men ruled the roost, guzzled martinis for lunch, and kept a never-ending string of filter-less Lucky Strikes burning in their office ashtrays, Mad Men offers an exquisitely rendered fantasy, at once nostalgic and antidotal, for our politically correct times. But in the hands of creator Matthew Weiner, the vicarious thrills are belied by what lies behind the façade of the American male circa 1960: alienation, angst, misogyny, racism, and most of all, a creeping sense of dread. This may be the dawn of Camelot, flush with optimism and modern convenience, but the dream that Don Draper and his fellow princes of Madison Avenue are spinning for a nation of consumers has already begun to fray.
—Allen Glover, Assistant Curator
- Jon Hamm, “Don Draper”
- Christina Hendricks, “Joan Holloway”
- Vincent Kartheiser, “Pete Campbell”
- Robert Morse, “Bertram Cooper”
- Elisabeth Moss, “Peggy Olson”
- John Slattery, “Roger Sterling”
- Rich Sommer, “Harry Crane”
- Aaron Staton, “Ken Cosgrove”
- Matthew Weiner, Creator/Exec. Prod.