Grant lets Carnegie Museum study film collection
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The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded $325,000 to Carnegie Museum of Art to conduct a study of and to manage the museum's important collection of film, video and digital-media works.
The Carnegie was one of the first major U.S. museums to embrace media arts, said director Lynn Zelevansky, and will use the grant to take on a stronger role as a repository and presenter of those arts.
The project will be led by Carnegie chief conservator Ellen Baxter and associate curator of contemporary art Dan Byers, and film and video curator Geralyn Huxley and assistant curator Greg Pierce of The Andy Warhol Museum. They will solicit input from curators, scholars and other experts.
As part of a budget cutting measure in 2003, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh eliminated its film and video section, which had built a national reputation under curator Bill Judson. In 2002 screenings of 90 independent and foreign films had drawn 11,000 viewers, and videos by now seminal artists were consistently exhibited and purchased for the collection.
First Published September 13, 2011 12:00 am