9780520227774

Museum Movies

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  • ISBN13:

    9780520227774

  • ISBN10:

    0520227778

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2005-06-01
  • Publisher: Univ of California Pr

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Summary

Haidee Wasson provides a rich cultural history of cinema's transformation from a passing amusement to an enduring art form by mapping the creation of the Film Library of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, established in 1935. The first North American film archive and museum, the film library pioneered an expansive moving image network, comprising popular, abstract, animated, American, Canadian, and European films. More than a repository, MoMA circulated these films nationally and internationally, connecting the modern art museum to universities, libraries, women's clubs, unions, archives, and department stores. Under the aegis of the museum, cinema also changed. Like books, paintings, and photographs, films became discrete objects, integral to thinking about art, history, and the politics of modern life.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Making Cinema a Modern Art
Mannered Cinema/Mobile Theaters: Film Exhibition, 16mm, and the New Audience Ideal
The Mass Museology of the Modern
An Awkward and Dangerous Task: The Film Library Takes Shape
Rearguard Exhibition: The Film Library's Circulating Programs
Enduring Legacies Appendix: Film Programs of the Museum of Modern Art, 1934-1949
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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