Currently celebrating 85 years of service to the film and education community, The Museum of Modern Art’s Circulating Film and Video Library holds the unusual position of providing access outside MoMA to a rare collection of films and videos. Established in 1935 as the Film Library, it was intended to provide a circulating collection at reasonable rates to colleges, museums, and other educational institutions, as well as festivals, galleries, collectors, and enthusiasts. To this day, it continues to provide access to films that tell the history of the medium, works by important independent filmmakers, and much more—all of which would otherwise not be readily available. Although Circulating Film has always had a broad-based collection, including early silent films, pivotal documentaries, avant-garde and independent works, animation, and video art, certain areas otherwise available only to scholars have been enriched. This includes important works by and about artists such as Andy Warhol, Richard Serra, and Jerome Hill. Several recently preserved works have also been included. All titles in this series remain available through the Circulating Film and Video Library.
Organized by Kitty Cleary, the Circulating Film and Video Library.