I’ve wanted to see the Tim Burton exhibit since its opening in late November, but my schedule hasn’t been conducive to doing so. Finally on Christmas Eve I made it over to MoMa to check out the exhibition. All I have to say is that everyone, especially my creative friends should check it out. Whether you are an artist or just a movie lover you will really enjoy this display of work.
The exhibit is probably one of the most extensive collections I’ve ever viewed. Not only does the collection take a comprehensive look at Tim Burton’s career, it also looks into his mind and his thought process as a person and creator. The exhibit includes work from when Burton was in high school, even a letter he wrote to Disney to have a book published as a teenager. Continually as i moved by each drawing, painting, sketch, each sculpture, storyboard, costume, video, and more, I couldn’t help but think about how crucial it is to cultivate and nurture the creative mind of the youth. To be able to convey and articulate what you see in your mind is an amazing feat.
There are no words or descriptions that I can give to encapsulate how this documentation of Burton’s work moved me and kept me completely engaged for ever moment I was in there. I’m excited to go again; because I went on Christmas Eve, exhibit time was limited and there was an uncomfortable amount of people. Plus i didn’t get to take in the entire Film series they have in the theaters.
For now, my favorite part of the exhibit are Burton’s sketches and short story excerpts from The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Short Stories. They made me smile, I’ll be purchasing the book shortly!
The exhibit will be on view until April 26, 2010, i highly recommend checking it out, it surely will activate your creative juices.