Are you still trying to piece together what happened in the third and final season of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks? Or perhaps you don’t have Showtime and have been dying for the opportunity to catch up on the show everyone was talking about in one fell swoop? Maybe you simply want to experience the landmark “Gotta Light?” episode on the big screen with big sound? Whatever your reason, you may find yourself spending most of this weekend in Midtown for a marathon screening of all 18 episodes at the Museum of Modern Art, beginning on Friday evening and continuing on Saturday and Sunday, as part of its annual series “The Contenders.”
The 2017 episodes, which brought back many of the beloved characters from the original early-1990s series, did not revive the conventions of network television that Lynch and co-creator Mark Frost worked within and warped during the first two seasons. Instead, what we got was a sprawling, obtuse, visually stunning, and sometimes maddeningly slow-moving art film — replete with many art references. Whether it’s the most audacious piece of television ever made or Lynch’s magnum opus film chopped into 18 segments, the third season of Twin Peaks is a rich and demanding work to dive into. This may be the best venue imaginable in which to do so.
When: Friday, January 5 at 6 pm (episodes 1–4); Saturday, January 6 at 2 pm (episodes 5–11); Sunday, January 7 at 2 pm (episodes 12–18)
Where: Museum of Modern Art (11 West 53rd Street, Midtown, Manhattan)
More info at the Museum of Modern Art.