A showing of Arrested Development tribute art opens Friday night at Gallery 1988's Melrose location in Hollywood. Its name? "There's Always Money In The Banana Stand."
The art in the exhibit depicts iconic moments from the show, delves into the characters (David Cross's Tobias Fünke seems to get the most love from the artists, with numerous depictions) and takes a slanted view at the characters of the beloved show. The styles range from fine art to pop poster to stuffed plushee.
It's part of the current Arrest Development cultural renaissance. The show started as a cult Fox TV sitcom that was widely acclaimed but never gained a large audience. It took place right here in Southern California. Fox kept the critical darling going for three seasons, though they cut the last season's episode order down.
Rumors swirled for years about an Arrested Development movie, but they were finally realized recently with news that a movie would be coming following 10 new episodes, which will stream on Netflix in early 2013. All the episodes are scheduled to be released simultaneously, allowing fans to watch and instantly rewatch everything, soaking up all the details in the densely packed show.
Gallery 1988 has done tributes to a number of other pop culture icons, with shows on everything from Bill Murray to Lost to stand-up comedians. I first heard about Gallery 1988 from Kevin Smith, who helps host the Crazy 4 Cult series with art based on cult films. Earlier this year they did shows based on memes, the Avengers, video games and Cartoon Network's Adult Swim shows.
Don't worry if you don't make it out to the opening party Friday night from 7 to 10 p.m.; the art will be on display through July 21.
And if you need cash to buy a piece of art? Well... there's always money in the banana stand.