Robert Storr Discusses Pee-Wee’s Playhouse

Yesterday we told you about our enduring fondness for Pee-Wee’s Playhouse and in particular the show’s marvelous set, which was designed by the multi-talented Gary Panter. And so we were pleased to hear this morning from a reader who sent along a scan of Jacob Bernstein‘s feature on Panter in the latest issue of WWDscoop, a special publication of Women’s Wear Daily (that is not online). Among the highlights is a quote from Panter’s old chum Robert Storr, dean of the Yale University School of Art and the commissioner of last year’s Venice Biennale, who reveals his knowledge of the playhouse as it relates to Panter’s studio. “In a way, the playhouse is a phantasmagoria of the messy, rundown thing Gary’s got up in the attic,” says Storr, referring to the stuff-filled top floor of Panter’s house in Brooklyn. “He lives in the mundane version of his own crazy world, and the playhouse is the artful projection of that world into another dimension.” Bernstein also talks to Pee-Wee himself, a.k.a. Paul Reubens, already a fan of Panter’s when in 1981 he asked the artist to a do poster for him. Says Reubens, “He came down and saw me, and afterward he said, ‘I’d love to design the poster, but how about the set, too?'”