On December 10th 1980, Clint was honoured by The Department of Film of The Museum of Modern Art on 11 West 53 Street, New York City. Over the course of the day, 4 films were shown – A Fistful of Dollars (1964) which signified his first break and international stardom, Escape from Alcatraz (1979) representing his collaboration with Don Siegel, Play Misty for Me (1971) representing Clint’s directorial debut and Bronco Billy (1980) representing Clint’s latest film which he also directed. Clint was at the event and introduced both Misty and Billy.
The event was the first homage paid him by a major American cultural institution. Since then, Clint has enjoyed a long standing relationship with the Museum of Modern Art who expanded the program in 1993 for a second tribute.
I have included here two of my original full page ads from 1980, one from the William Morris Agency and the other from Warner Bros. Below that is the original press release issued by MOMA in 1980.