The Museum of Modern Art’s Film and Media Archive comprises nearly twenty thousand titles. With the 1996 opening of The Celeste Bartos Film Preservation Center in Hamlin, Pennsylvania, the Museum, for the first time in its history, owns and operates a state-of-the-art facility to store its moving-image treasures, and provides a controlled environment for the preservation of materials deemed essential to film history. Thanks to the generosity of such artists as Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Alexander Payne, and Edward R. Pressman, a number of important films have found a new home in our collection. This exhibition of recent acquisitions illustrates the diversity of MoMA’s film and media collection, with classic Hollywood feature productions, independent works exploring social issues, and foreign films examining cultural values. Featured in the program is a 35mm print of An-Magritt (1969), a gift to MoMA from the late director Arne Skouen and the Norsk Filminstitutt.
Organized by Anne Morra, Assistant Curator, Department of Film and Media.