To mark the centennial of the birth of philanthropist and artist Jerome Hill (1905–1972), the Department of Film and Media presents an exhibition celebrating his film work and his legacy, the Jerome Foundation. Included are two major feature films by Hill, Albert Schweitzer (1957) and Film Portrait (1965–71), both recently restored by The Museum of Modern Art, and eight programs of films and videos by New York artists who received production grants from the Jerome Foundation and whose works were acquired by MoMA with Foundation funds. Also shown are two programs of recently underwritten projects and a selection of media works by artists from Minnesota, where the Foundation’s headquarters is located. Since 1964, the Jerome Foundation has made grants to support the creation and production of works by emerging artists and contributed to their professional advancement. Like Hill, who worked in many mediums, the Foundation is involved in various areas of creative endeavor beyond cinema and performance. The Foundation continues to play a critical role in the development of cutting-edge media work in Minnesota and New York City. A panel discussion about the notion of “emerging” in the media arts takes place during the exhibition.
Organized by Laurence Kardish, Senior Curator, Department of Film and Media, with the collaboration of Cynthia Gehrig, Executive Director, Jerome Foundation.