Parrish Art Screens ‘Meow Wolf Origin Story’ — Artist Collective / December 21



The film Meow Wolf: Origin Story, chronicling the astounding 10-year journey of an anarchic art collective that developed its work into a multi-million dollar business, will be screened at the Parrish Art Museum on Friday, December 21, at 6pm. Directed by Morgan Capps and Jilann Spitzmiller, Origin Story reveals the artists’ tumultuous process that yielded new ways of participating in culture and entertainment for themselves as well as for audiences who engage with their work.

“In a time where audiences are searching for deeper, more immersive ways to engage with art, the story and work of Meow Wolf is extremely compelling and timely,” said Parrish Art Museum Education Associate Jillian Bock. “The collective’s magical creations are a feast for the senses and add a fresh new vision and perspective to experiential installations.”

The film begins with a dozen young Santa Fe artists disenfranchised from the city’s active gallery scene. The group lived and worked together in various housing situations, eventually renting a warehouse space and painting every inch of its surfaces and building sculptures that emerged from the paintings. The film follows those early beginnings from the group’s expansion, to their initial forays into the gallery world, and to the turning point when they approached Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin for financial support. Martin purchased a 33,000 sf bowling alley, which Meow Wolf transformed into the explorable, immersive art installation, House of Eternal Return.


Meow Wolf 


Meow Wolf began in 2008 as a small collective of Santa Fe artists who all shared an interest in publicly displaying their works while developing their skills together—and ultimately became a production company that creates immersive, multimedia experiences including art installations, video and music production, and extended reality content.More than 300 Meow Wolf employees create and support art across a variety of media, including architecture, sculpture, painting, photography, video production, cross-reality (AR/VR/MR), music, audio engineering, narrative writing, costuming, performance, and more. The group’s first permanent installation, House of Eternal Return, is a multidimensional mystery house with secret passages, portals to magical worlds, and an expansive narrative amidst surreal, maximalist, and mesmerizing art exhibits. The art space is a collaboration of over 100 local artists and is a unique combination of children’s museum, art gallery, jungle gym, and fantasy novel.


FILM: Meow Wolf: Origin Story

2018, NR, 88 minutes

Directed by Morgan Capps and Jilann Spitzmiller

Friday, December 21, 6 pm

Free with Museum admission

Friday nights are made possible, in part, by the generous support of The Corcoran Group, Bridgehampton National Bank, and Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder.  



Parrish Art Museum


Inspired by the natural setting and artistic life of Long Island’s East End, the Parrish Art Museum illuminates the creative process and how art and artists transform our experiences and understanding of the world and how we live in it. The Museum fosters connections among individuals, art, and artists through care and interpretation of the collection, presentation of exhibitions, publications, educational initiatives, programs, and artists-in-residence. The Parrish is a center for cultural engagement, an inspiration and destination for the region, the nation, and the world.


Parrish Art Museum construction photos © Jeff Heatley. 


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