Silent Movie Week 2024

Jul 31–Aug 6, 2024

MoMA

The Wind. 1928. USA. Directed by Victor Sjöström. The Museum of Modern Art Film Stills Archive
  • MoMA, Floor T2/T1 The Debra and Leon Black Family Film Center
  • MoMA, Floor 1, Sculpture Garden The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden

As a commercial medium, silent film lasted for only about 30 years, but those 30 years represented a creative explosion with few parallels in the art world. It’s estimated that only 20 percent of the films made between 1895 and 1930 survive, and yet the work of preserving and restoring the remaining films continues. MoMA is one of several archives around the world with significant silent film holdings, and this annual series is an attempt to catch up with some of the recent restoration work done by MoMA and colleagues around the world.

Each year, Silent Movie Week brings seven restorations to MoMA over the course of seven consecutive evenings. This year’s program opens on July 31 with our recent digital restoration of Victor Sjostrom’s The Wind (1928), presented in the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden (weather permitting).

Organized by Dave Kehr, Curator, Department of Film.

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