Photo: Frank Ockenfels/AMC
Mad Men fever has hit New York City hard with a host of events to mark the final season of the hit television show. And to no surprise, as it’s hard not to revel in the intimate and thrilling depictions of 1960s Madison Avenue advertising executives. Celebrate the end of the cutthroat yet glamorous Mad Men-era in NYC with inspired liquid lunches, films that inspired creator Matthew Wiener, and a special exhibit at the Museum of Moving Image, before tuning in to the final season premiere on April 5th.
1. Mad Men Sculpture on 6th Avenue
This spring, take a selfie with Don Draper, at a Mad Men-inspired bench sculpture outside of the Time-Life Building at 1271 Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan. Dubbed The Draper Bench, the sculpture features the adman’s celebrated silhouette. In the show, the building is home to fictional Sterling, Cooper and Partners. The street signs at the corner of Sixth Avenue and 50th Street have also been changed to “Mad Men Av” and “Don Draper Way.” But sorry, Jon Hamm won’t actually be there for your selfie.
2. See Full-Scale Mad Men Sets at Museum of the Moving Image Exhibit “Matthew Weiner’s Mad Men”
Photo by Thanassi Karageorgiou / Museum of the Moving Image
Until June 14, immerse yourself in the Museum of Moving Image exhibit “Matthew Weiner’s Mad Men.” The exhibit aims to reveal the creative process behind the highly acclaimed show. It features full-scale sets including Don Draper’s office and the kitchen from the Draper’s Ossining home, more than 25 iconic costumes, props, video clips, advertising art, and personal notes and research material from series creator Matthew Weiner.
3. Mad Men Dining Week March 23-29th
Channel your inner Don Draper in the $19.69 Mad Men Dining Week with customised menus of Mad Men inspired liquid lunches at 30 NYC restaurants, including Delmonico’s, Le Cirque, el Parador Cafe,’21’ Club, Barnetta, and P.J. Clarke’s among others. Participating restaurants will be offering a two-course prix-fix or a two-dink special at $19.69. Visit nycgo.com to see menus and cocktail offerings, and the list of participating restaurants.
4. Mad Men Book List at New York Public Library
New York Public Library has released a Mad Men Book List with 25 books that were read by the show’s characters like Lady Chatterly’s Lover, The Sound and the Fury, The Group, and Confessions of an Advertising Man. Branches of the library will be offering physical and e-book copies of the titles until April 5th.
5. An Afternoon with Matthew Weiner at Museum of Jewish Heritage
On March 29th, attend An Afternoon with Matthew Weiner at Museum of Jewish Heritage to hear the creator of Mad Men discuss how the rise of advertising in NYC also sheds light on a generation of Jews coming into their own in post-war America.
6. Mad Men at the Movies at BAM
From April 22–23, the Brooklyn Academy of Music bids farewell to Don Draper and company with a trio of movies that inspired Matthew Weiner in Mad Men at the Movies. The event is followed by conversations with a surprise cast member and Matthew Weiner.
7. Matthew Weiner Live from the New York Public Library
On May 20th, watch series creator Matthew Weiner take the stage at Live from the New York Public Library a few days after the series finale to discuss the show’s themes, characters and its complete history.
Check out Untapped Cities’ Mad Men Guide to New York City for more NYC venues to celebrate Mad Men’s finale.