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At a MoMA Tribute, Kristen Stewart Dubs Julianne Moore Her “Work Mom”

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As the clock struck 5:30 on Monday afternoon, security at the Museum of Modern Art in Midtown Manhattan made brisk work of ushering the last straggling tourists from the building. The museum, home to works by the biggest names in contemporary art, had one particularly special guest to welcome for dinner.

Julianne Moore was the guest of honor at the MoMA’s annual Film Benefit, where she joins a cohort of past honorees that include Tom Hanks, Tilda Swinton, Quentin Tarantino, and Kathryn Bigelow. Though typically full of A-listers and maybe even a few people who will be accepting golden statues in the coming months, the benefit is a calmer, more exclusive East Coast answer to the frenzy of red carpets in Los Angeles that are dreaded, yet endured by Hollywood’s biggest stars.

After cocktails in the glass and marble atrium, guests were shepherded downstairs into one of New York’s oldest working cinemas, to where Moore’s Still Alice co-stars Alec Baldwin and Kristen Stewart, in addition to Moore herself, spoke about the actress’s contributions to American culture. Stewart, wearing a Chanel suit with cropped silvery hair, spoke to Moore directly from the podium: “I met you ages ago, but you’re like my work mom. . . . No disrespect, but I wish you were my mom. It’s something deeply personal.”

Moore reflected on the important moments of her life that coincided with some of her most lauded work. “I remember being pregnant with my son during The Big Lebowski. And I remember being pregnant with my daughter during Far from Heaven. And I remember meeting [husband, filmmaker Bart Freundlich] during the Myth of Fingerprints and then him commuting to L.A. every weekend during Boogie Nights.” Her recollections extended beyond her family, as Moore clearly relished the opportunity to reminisce about moments on set: “I remember all of us staying in this awesome rented house with a huge pool during The Kids Are Alright and I remember gossiping with Colin Firth about other people’s marriages during A Single Man . . . and pretending to whisper sexy things in Ralph Fiennes’s ear [in The End of the Affair] but really telling him what I had for lunch.”

Inevitably, the conversation turned to politics, as Moore took President Donald Trump to task: “We are currently living in very difficult times where our very humanity feels threatened and dismissed by a leader who continues to demean, berate, ignore, and debase us all . . . And our refusal to accept this behavior is normal.” It wasn’t the last time that evening Ms. Moore had to wait for the thunderous applause to subside.

Dinner was served upstairs in the Louise Bourgeois gallery, where Vanity Fair caught up with Tracey Emin, longtime enfant terrible of the contemporary art world.

“Pick my brain about Trump stuff, O.K.?” she said, foregoing pleasantries. “Trump is apparently the biggest sexual predator, but suddenly all the creative industries are like a house of cards falling down.” Asked why that may be, Emin continued, “Everyone’s picking on their own industry. On the inside, you should help people. If someone’s a sexual predator, who’s got something wrong with them, you should say, ‘Right this person needs help.’ Don’t go off and ostracize them from the whole society, everything they’ve been good for in their life. Maybe they were sexually abused as a child.”

Having made her case, Emin glanced upward and pointed to an enormous black spider, poised motionless on the wall high above the party below. “I was very happy to find the spider. It’s Louise Bourgeois . . . cool isn’t it?” she said before turning back to her table.

Conversation was lighter across the room, where Elizabeth Banks, who lives in Los Angeles, gushed about her visit. “I’ve literally had the greatest day of my life today. I spent the afternoon with Hillary Clinton! She was at this conference for the Democratic senators convention and I got to do a Q&A with her.” She paused, threw back her head and shouted to the ceiling of the glass atrium, “Who’s living their best New York life?!”

The crowd had dwindled and servers were clearing detritus from dinner, but Banks was reluctant to call it a night. “It’s fascinating to live in this time and think about all the eras that came before . . . and I feel so fucking bored right now!” she said “Even now, I’m like ‘Guys, let’s go out!’ I’m a mom of two kids, I’ve got a 5 A.M. flight. Let’s fucking go!” Asked where the party would continue, she said “We could go downtown!”

She paused, perhaps considering the reality, and made her decision. “But no, I’m gonna call my car and go home.” Typing “driver” into her phone, she linked arms with Kristen Stewart and headed off into the night.

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