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.
|Publisher:||University of California Press|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)|
About the Author
Haidee Wasson is Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies at Concordia University, Montreal.
Table of Contents
List of IllustrationsAcknowledgmentsChapter 1: Making Cinema a Modern ArtChapter 2: Mannered Cinema/Mobile Theaters: Film Exhibition, 16mm, and the New Audience IdealChapter 3: The Mass Museology of the ModernChapter 4: An Awkward and Dangerous Task: The Film Library Takes ShapeChapter 5: Rearguard Exhibition: The Film Library’s Circulating ProgramsChapter 6: Enduring LegaciesAppendix: Film Programs of the Museum of Modern Art, 1934–1949NotesBibliography