New York's Museum of Modern Art will host a gala dinner November 17 in honor of film director Tim Burton, with Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter serving as "co-chairs" of the event along with Disney's Robert Iger, Willow Bay and David & Julia Koch. The evening will highlight Burton's directorial work, including his next feature, "Alice in Wonderland" starring Mia Wasikowska and Depp.
The benefit will support the museum's ability to continue to acquire work for MoMA's cinema collection. Burton's directorial work is also the subject of a major MoMA exhibition taking place November 22 - April 26, 2010. The exhibit will "will trace the current of Burton's visual imagination, from his earliest childhood drawings through his mature work in film. Included will be 700 examples of rarely or never-before-seen drawings, paintings, storyboards, moving-image works, puppets, maquettes, costumes, and cinematic ephemera, and an extensive film series spanning Burton's 27-year career. [Brian Brooks]