image credit: Nicholas Ruiz. Bow Tie #9. Assembled October/November 2011. Film negatives, MTA MetroCard, super glue. Forest Hills, Queens, New York.
November 15, 2011
Founded in 1935 as the Film Library, the department now oversees an internationally renowned collection of more than twenty-two thousand films and four million film stills incorporating all periods and genres. Among its holdings are original negatives of the Biograph and Edison companies and the world's largest collection of D. W. Griffith's films.
The Museum of Modern Art’s fourth annual Film Benefit, to be held on November 15, will honor writer/director Pedro Almodóvar, who is renowned for the Academy Award-winning films Talk to Her (2003) and All About My Mother (1999), along with award-winning films Broken Embraces (2009), Volver (2006), Bad Education (2004), and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988), among many others. With a career that includes 18 films over 30 years, Almodóvar’s latest film, The Skin I Live In, was released in the U.S. on October 14, 2011.
The honorary co-chairs for the 2011 Film Benefit are Antonio Banderas and Penélope Cruz. The event’s co-chairs include Marie-Josée Kravis, President, and Jerry I. Speyer, Chairman of the Museum’s Board of Trustees, with Karl Lagerfeld and Anna Wintour.
In addition to a reception and dinner, the Film Benefit will be highlighted by a special presentation recognizing Almodóvar’s acclaimed directorial work. The Film Benefit raises funds to ensure that great works of cinema continue to join the collection of The Museum of Modern Art.