Saturday, April 24, 2010

last chance to see Tim Burton at MOMA

In case you've been meaning to see Tim Burton's show at MOMA, you've got just 30 hours. Museum is staying open until 8:45 tonite and tomorrow to accommodate procrastinators. Tickets are sold out (of course) but become a member and you can walk in anytime.

NSFK? The exhibit might appear to be kid-friendly, judging by the huge inflatable "Balloon Boy" in the lobby and the show's monster-mouth entrance. But it's only for kids in the way that his Alice in Wonderland is--that is, for kids who don't mind a trip to the dark side.

What I like about the collection is one thing the New York Times apparently didn't: it includes many drawings from his teenage years at Cal Arts and the four years when he worked as an animator for Disney. Interesting to see how his work develops, though his theme never veers from "revenge of the nerd" in brilliantly executed characters like Stainboy whose superpower is leaving powerful stains, Toxic Boy whose fumes burn the beard off Santa, and of course, Edward Scissorhands. There's paintings, sculptures, photographs and short films on flat screens. And, oh yes, a topiary deer in the garden.

4 comments:

California Girl said...

That is so cool. I'm going to see if it's coming to Boston. We could drive down for it. My husband and I love his creative, so whimsical.

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Ad Broad, oldest working writer in advertising said...

I hope, for your sake, it comes to Boston, @California Girl. It's a great, comprehensive, confounding show.

Howie at Sky Pulse Media said...

My bad. I would of loved to have seen this. The MoMA was always my favorite museum. Everytime I came back to NY from LA to visit the family I always went to the MoMA. Then they renovated it and I didn't like it as much for some reason. For like 2 years it was always so packed and when I finally went I guess I felt it wasn't as impressive as I was expecting. So Since Nov been to Guggenheim and my first Whitney experience. But I would of gone to see Tim Burton!! I love Tim Burton! Boohoo!

As for being a member I used to be a member of the LACMA and I must agree membership has it's privileges!