Traditionally the sixth wedding anniversary is a time for gifts of iron (or, apparently, in the United Kingdom, sugar). In December 2006, Doug Aitken handed us a trailer for his site-specific exhibition Sleepwalkers, and we launched a YouTube channel to support that. Unbeknownst to any of us, within six years we would have uploaded over 1,000 videos to YouTube and MoMA.org. As we celebrate the sixth anniversary of our MoMA Videos program, we offer up a Five for Friday based on some of our sweetest moments in video that you might have missed.
1. We’ve done a number of behind-the-scenes videos featuring interviews with artists, curators, conservators, and others about works in the collection and special exhibitions. In this case, director Robert Longo tells the story behind Cindy Sherman’s Untitled Film Still #25 (1978).
2. We’ve also filmed a number of site-specific installations at the Museum. In this case, artist Ranjani Shettar talks about her work for the On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century exhibition.
3. Our film program brings in directors and artists for exhibitions, premieres, and special events, and occasionally we’ll have the opportunity to sit down with one of them. In this case, Gabriel Byrne came in and talked about Irish cinema for the Revisiting The Quiet Man: Ireland on Film series. Here’s a short excerpt about James Joyce and film:
4. Our Department of Education has been especially innovative in creating video content, including informational videos about programs, archives of public programs, and artist’s collaborations. This video explains our Create Ability program:
5. Speaking of artist collaborations, some of the most fun I’ve had was helping the artist William Pope.L create a video piece reacting to the Fluxkit that was on display. It’s not often you get to pretend to steal an artwork!
What started as an ad-hoc program with a couple interns and one version of iMovie has turned into multiple departments creating content for exhibitions, oral histories, online courses, members’ gallery talks, live-streaming public programs, and much more. Many thanks to the cinematographers, editors, sound engineers, educators, and others who have dealt with our zany requests over the years and have helped us share some of the stories that surround and illuminate our collection and programs.