So you want to rub shoulders with the stars…you love art…you’re into Tim Burton flicks…you love Johnny Depp…and…well you enjoy an adult beverage every once in a while. If this sounds like you kind of event then you missed a great night at The Museum of Modern Art. This was NYC at it’s best…what NYC is suppose to be…an opportunity to enjoy art, see creative expression and fight your way to the open bar on an equal playing field with some big names. (Yeah Johnny I was the guy who took the last lime! On guard!)
Myself and a group of friends had the opportunity to take part in Tuesday nights tribute to Tim Burton and I must say it was a blast! If you knew where to look you had a chance to say hello to the artistic and gracious Mr. Burton, the undoubtedly ‘star amongst stars’ Johnny Depp and a host of others like Helena Bonham Carter…that truly made the evening a great memory. Danny DeVito and his daughter Gracie, Brooke Shields, the Olsen twins and many other stars roamed the floors paying homage to the art of Burton and tripping over guys like me.
Even if you aren’t a Burton fan you can certainly appreciate his magic. He has this unique ability to bring to life fairy tales and fantasies beyond the normal imagination. You get a glimpse at some private beginnings of some of his unique thoughts and how he built them and translated them to the big screen. Drawings, paintings, costumes, and 3D models and other forms of his art filled the halls of MoMa that allow you a little closer to the man and his work. I absolutely need to go back and take my time to tour the exhibition to appreciate many of the things that were overlooked that evening due to being distracted by all the live forms of art making their way through the crowd.
You’ll get a look at many of the props for the soon to be blockbuster movie ‘Alice in Wonderland’. Movie buffs, artists, animators and designers alike as well as children of all ages will all go away with some appreciation from this exhibition…don’t miss it…it runs till April 26 ’10. Don’t be surprised if you see a big push to the event prior to the release of the 3-D reimagination of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, March 2010..it’s going to be a fun ride.
Burton films: Vincent (1982), Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985), Beetlejuice (1988), Batman (1989), Edward Scissorhands (1990), Batman Returns (1992), The Nightmare Before Christmas (as creator and producer) (1993), Ed Wood (1994), Mars Attacks! (1996), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Big Fish (2003), Corpse Bride (2005), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), and Sweeney Todd (2007); writing and Web projects include The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories (1997) and Stainboy (2000).