MoMA adds Russell pics

Museum to pay tribute to helmer April 10 with benefit

The Museum of Modern Art has picked up David O. Russell’s pics “Spanking the Monkey,” “Flirting With Disaster” and “Three Kings” for its collection.

Museum’s previous acquisitions include Clint Eastwood’s “Bird” and Martin Scorsese’s “Taxi Driver.” Series showcasing Russell’s works will run April 25-27.

MoMA will also salute the helmer April 10 with a benefit for its department of film and media and young patron org, the Junior Associates.

Event will include clips of Russell’s works and from pics he has found inspiring. Moderated by Lily Tomlin, evening will be the last film benefit to be held at the museum’s Manhattan location, which will undergo extensive renovations through 2005.

For information call (212) 708-9680.

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