The Toe Tactic. 2008. USA. Written and directed by Emily Hubley

Recent Film Acquisitions: Continuum 2

MoMA July 1–September 17, 2010
  • The Museum of Modern Art

Founded in 1935 as the Film Library, MoMA’s Department of Film now oversees the strongest international film collection in the United States, with more than 22,000 works representing all periods and genres. In her essay “Nothing Sacred: The Founding of The Museum of Modern Art Film Library” (in Studies in Modern Art 5), Chief Curator Emerita Mary Lea Bandy wrote, “The Film Library faced the challenge of articulating a pastime as art (it still does), and throughout its history, the department has felt it necessary to point out its awareness that film is at once art and entertainment.” Purchased on July 10, 1935, the Museum’s first two film acquisitions—Edwin S. Porter’s The Great Train Robbery (1905) and Fernand Léger’s Ballet mécanique (1924), representing “entertainment” and “art,” respectively—perfectly encapsulated the collection’s founding principles.

The second in a series initiated in 2009, Continuum 2 illustrates the breadth of acquisitions made by the Department of Film since 2007, utilizing the fundamentals of collection development that were established seventy-five years ago.

Organized by Anne Morra, Associate Curator, Department of Film.

Licensing

If you would like to reproduce an image of a work of art in MoMA's collection, or an image of a MoMA publication or archival material (including installation views, checklists, and press releases), please contact Art Resource (publication in North America) or Scala Archives (publication in all other geographic locations).

All requests to license audio or video footage produced by MoMA should be addressed to Scala Archives at firenze@scalarchives.com. Motion picture film stills or motion picture footage from films in MoMA's Film Collection cannot be licensed by MoMA/Scala. For licensing motion picture film footage it is advised to apply directly to the copyright holders. For access to motion picture film stills please contact the Film Study Center. More information is also available about the film collection and the Circulating Film and Video Library.

If you would like to reproduce text from a MoMA publication or moma.org, please email text_permissions@moma.org. If you would like to publish text from MoMA's archival materials, please fill out this permission form and send to archives@moma.org.

Feedback

This record is a work in progress. If you have additional information or spotted an error, please send feedback to digital@moma.org.