Review: “Tim Burton” at MoMA

There is an adage that “insanity is doing something again and again and expecting a different result.”

Then call me a lunatic. For the second time in three months, I decided to try and see the “Tim Burton” exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art during their Free Friday Nights (because I am not paying $16 to see any museum, I don’t care how good it is).

The result, however, was different. Unlike my trip to MoMA on New Year’s Day, in which the timed tickets for the exhibit – they only give out 1000 freebies to the exhibit, which needs timed tickets on weekends – were sold out once I got there, I received the tickets and got to see the exhibit that has gotten rave reviews.

Now, I can add myself to one of those giving it rave reviews. “Tim Burton” is an expansive and comprehensive exhibit spanning the entire life and career of the famed director and producer. Filled-to-the-gills with drawings, sculptures, screens showing some of Burton’s shorts and commercials (and people, lots of people), not to mention film posters and ephemera from great films like Batman, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Mars Attacks! (along with the entire ‘cast’, so to speak, of Corpse Bride and The Nightmare Before Christmas), “Tim Burton” is well split into three parts – “Surviving Burbank, 1958-1976,” “Beautifying Burbank, 1976-1985,” and “Beyond Burbank, 1985-“, spanning from formative years of Burton to his work in the present-day. Spanning half of the third floor, outside of Theatres 1 and 2, and part of the museum lobby and Sculpture Garden (where they have, along with the usual sculptures, the topiary from Edward Scissorhands – which goes along wll with the centerpiece of the “Beyond Burbank” section of the exhibit, Edward Scissorhands himself), the exhibit is exhaustive (I personally spent about an hour and a half looking at the exhibition as a whole), and is well supplemented by two film series – one showing the films of Burton (last night, I was able to see Corpse Bride and Sweeney Todd, and being a fan of stop-motion and musicals, I enjoyed it), and the other, “Tim Burton and the Lurid Beauty of Monsters” showing some of his influence, sci-fi and B-movies.

People should make their best effort to go out to see “Tim Burton,” but be warned – get there early if you’re going on a Friday night.

“Tim Burton” will be on display at the Museum of Modern Art until April 26th. Check for further information. In the meantime, enjoy this nice slideshow of pictures from “Tim Burton” and “Monet’s Water Lilies” from Random Musings and Trivia‘s newly-established Flickr page:

Stay tuned for tonight’s Saturday Night Stuff I Like, reviewing Jamie Cullum’s fantastic new album, The Pursuit.


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