Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Jill Krementz Photo Journal - Tim Burton at MoMA

"Growing up in Burbank, there wasn't much of a museum culture. I never visited one until I was a teenager (unless you count the Hollywood Wax Museum.) I occupied my time going to see monster movies, watching television, drawing, and playing in the local cemetery. Later, when I did start frequenting museums, I was struck by how similar the vibe was to the cemetery. Not in a morbid way, but both have a quiet, introspective, yet electrifying atmosphere. Excitement, mystery, discovery, life, and death all in one place. So all these years later, to have this exhibition, to be showing things — some of which weren't meant to be seen, or are just pieces of the larger picture — is very special to me." — Tim Burton
Tim Burton
The Museum of Modern Art
November 22, 2009-April 26, 2010


That is the best way to describe Tim Burton's major exhibition at MoMA.

Tracing the trajectory of Burton's creative imagination, the retrospective brings together over 700 examples of the film-maker's drawings, paintings, photographs, story boards, puppets and cinematic ephemera.

Burton's entire cinematic oeuvre of 14 feature films will be shown throughout the five-month installation of the show.

You can be sure that just getting into MoMA will probably be one more midtown nightmare before Christmas. The lines will be long but you will have a merry time.
Visitors enter the Special Exhibitions Gallery on the third floor through a spectacular three-dimensional monster's mouth.
Tim Burton's drawing of Vincent Price. Burton as a young boy loved monster movies and his favorite actor was Price.
Marimoon, who is a VJ at MTV in Brazil. Linda Yablonsky, art critic.
Ron Magliozzi, Assistant Curator, Department of Film at MoMA. Mr. Magliozzi along with Jenny He, organized the exhibition. According to Mr. Magliozzi: "There is no other living filmmaker possessing Tim Burton's level of accomplishment and reputation whose full body of work has been so well hidden from public view. Seeing so much that was previously inaccessible in a museum context should serve to fuel renewed appreciation and fresh appraisal of this much-admired artist."
MoMA director Glenn Lowry with Tim Burton. Walter Robinson, Painter and Editor of Artnet with Seun Adebiyi. Mr. Adebiyi is 26 years old and from Nigeria. He is a graduate of Yale Law School and is preparing for his bar exam in February. This was his first visit to MoMA.
Never Shoot A Constipated Poodle.
Mental Floss.
Tim Burton's Polaroids.
Life imitates art in the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden.
Tim Burton books, DVD's, and paraphernalia at the MoMA Design and Book Store.
Getting ready for opening night.
Tim Burton with co-organizers of MoMA exhibition: Jenny He and Ron Magliozzi.
Text and photographs © by Jill Krementz: all rights reserved.