Take Me to the River

The artist Matthew Barney debuts his latest film at BAM

Matthew Barney and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

What: Over a decade after completing his original epic The Cremaster Cycle, the artists Matthew Barney and Jonathan Bepler debuted their latest odyssey, River of Fundamentan abstracted, six-hour-long loose adaptation of Norman Mailer’s Ancient Evenings. To celebrate the premiere, Barney popped champagne with his starry cast and inner circle at a private pre-show reception.

Where: Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Harvey Theater.

When: Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Who: Close friends from every corner of the creative world came to toast the artist including Maggie Gyllenhaal, Rufus Wainwright, Marina Abramovic, Kanye West, RoseLee Goldberg, and Neville Wakefield.

Why: Eight years in the making, a Barney premiere is a not-to-be-missed confluence of Hollywood and the art world.

Photos: Take Me to the River

Matthew Barney and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Photograph by

Kanye West. Photograph by

RoseLee Goldberg and Rufus Wainwright. Photograph by

Peter Sarsgaard. Photograph by

Marina Abramovic and Jorn Weisbrodt. Photograph by

Yvonne Force Villareal. Photograph by