Monday, November 23, 2009

Jill Krementz covers Tim Burton's opening night

Tim Burton's huge Balloon Boy, a 21-foot-tall, 8-foot-in-diameter balloon appears as a many-eyed creature that greets visitors as they walk into MoMA's lobby.
Tim Burton's Opening Night at MoMA

The Tim Burton retrospective at MoMA is now open to the public.

Last week was filled with various special events including a press preview on Tuesday morning, Tim Burton at MoMA, a fancy party that evening for the benefit of MoMA's film department, and, on Wednesday morning, a book signing by Burton for which the film-maker's fans started lining up outside the museum at 6 AM.

And then there was the Wednesday night opening. The evening commenced at 6:30 with a private reception for trustees and invited guests. Mr. Burton was on hand for this and was hailed, and hugged, by the great Trinidadian dancer Geoffrey Holder.

This was followed by a members opening. Two thousand people were invited. At least two thousand people attended.

On my way out, no easy feat given the size of the crowd, the show's co-curator, Ron Magliozzi told me that Mr. Burton had just exited and was en route back to Los Angeles.

From my observations, Tim Burton is not only enormously talented — he is a gracious and nice man. “He was like a kid in a candy shop,” said one staffer, “enjoying every minute of the festivities.”

This show is going to be a block-buster. And with good reason.
Tim Burton with Geoffrey Holder. Mr. Holder is as good an artist as he is a dancer. Approaching 80, Holder is still going strong.
Untitled (man with babies)
c. 1976-79. Ink and colored pencil on paper
17 x 14". Private collection.
Patricia Juncosa and her husband Jordi Magrane. They are holding their twin daughters, Carla and Laia who are four and a half months old. They are from Spain.
Whitney May and Maria Malteni. Ms. May works at MoMA in the Department of Architecture and Design. Ms. Malteni is an artist and "a huge fan of Tim Burton's work." Writers Barbara Heizer and Brad Gooch. Mr. Gooch wrote the recently acclaimed biography of Flannery O'Connor and this past week the online voters of the National Book Awards chose Ms. O'Connor as their favorite fiction writer.
MoMA Director Glenn Lowry and his wife Susan.
Designer Bill Katz stands in front of Blue Girl with Wine. Katz may not be a household name but for decades he has served as designer and architect to many of the world's top artists including Jasper Johns and Cy Twombly. Katz also designed Diane Von Furstenberg's house in Connecticut.
Marina Chao, curatorial assistant in MoMA's photography department. Jerry Speyer, Chairman of the Board at MoMA and fellow trustee, Joel Ehrenkranz.
Liliana Greenfield-Sanders, John Reuter, and Timothy Greenfield-Sanders. Ms. Sanders is a 28-year-old film-maker following in her father's footsteps. Her recent short film, Adelaide, about a girl who fakes illness to get attention, has won many awards. Mr. Reuter is the Executive Director of 20X24 Holdings and produced the Polaroids by Mr. Burton which are displayed in MoMA's Gallery on lower level of the museum. Mr. Greenfield-Sanders' film, Black List Vol. II, about black artists, will air on HBO on February 8th.
Marina Yakolina and Larisa Fuchs. The women are from Russia and the hats were purchased in London. Ms. Yakolina when asked what she does replied that she likes to have fun. And Ms. Fuchs is an event producer. Jonathan Heidelberger, Amanda Gordon, and Dina Sorokina. Mr. Heidelberger makes animated films, Ms. Gordon is a writer/photographer whose work appears on the website for The Sun, and Ms. Sorokina works in the legal department of MoMA.
Text and photographs © by Jill Krementz: all rights reserved.