'Black Swan' Director Darren Aronofsky to Speak at New Museum

By Lisha Arino on August 26, 2014 10:55am 

 Film director, writer and producer Darren Aronofsky will speak at the New Museum on Sept. 30 as part of its Stuart Regan Visionaries Series.
Film director, writer and producer Darren Aronofsky will speak at the New Museum on Sept. 30 as part of its Stuart Regan Visionaries Series.
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LOWER EAST SIDE — Darren Aronofsky, director of "Black Swan" and "Requiem for a Dream," will discuss his work at the New Museum next month.

The acclaimed director is expected to focus on issues that are "essential" to his films and his worldview during the Sept. 30 event, said Richard Flood, the museum’s director of special projects and curator-at-large.

The museum invited Aronofsky to speak because of the high quality of his work, which has been featured in international film festivals and nominated for Academy Awards and Golden Globes, Flood said. Aronofsky has also written and produced many of his films.

"In terms of cinematic innovation, [Aronofsky] has done some amazing things. Each film is completely different from the one preceding it," Flood said, adding that the director's films all express an interest in "all phases of the human condition."

Writer and art critic Lynne Tillman will join Aronofsky on stage at the New Museum to help lead the conversation.

The talk is part of the museum's Stuart Regen Visionaries Series, which features "leading international thinkers and creators" in art, architecture, design, dance, film, literature and technology, according to a press release.

Past speakers in the series include Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, artist and architect Maya Lin and "Mad Men" producer, writer and director Matthew Weiner.

The New Museum's auditorium fits 150 people, giving the the talks an intimate vibe, Flood said.

“If that's who you want to see, you're there with them and you couldn't get any closer,” he said.

Presale tickets for the Sept. 30 Aronofsky event, which will take place at 7 p.m., are available to New Museum members for $20 each. General admission tickets will go on sale Aug. 27 for $25.

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