Department of Film and Video Archive

In the archive, you will find records and objects accrued by Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA)’s Department of Film and Video (1970–2003). Also called the Film Program, the Film Section, and the Section of Film and Video, the department was among the first of its kind when it opened in 1970, and it played a dynamic role in regional and national film communities for more than 30 years. When CMOA dissolved the film program in 2003, we transferred the department’s large body of records and objects to the museum archives.

Film Tickets in the Department of Film and Video archive, CMOA

The archive measures 450 linear feet and contains a wide range of materials. Between 2014 and 2015, archivists working as part of CMOA’s  Time-Based Media Project processed and digitized the archive with a mind to provide broader access to the records and open them up to the community for research. (“Processed” is simply a term archivists use to talk about the process of preserving, organizing, and cataloguing.)

Items we are most excited to share include more than 100 audio and video recordings of lectures and interviews with experimental moving image artists such as Stan Brakhage, Carolee Schneemann, James Broughton, and Stephen Beck. The archive also has myriad photographs of artist screening events hosted by the museum, and the Film and Video Makers Travel Sheet, which, in the 1970s and 1980s, was a series of published directories that helped artists promote themselves and book gigs with screening venues across the country. CMOA published the Travel Sheet monthly between 1973 and 1987 and is the only repository known to have every issue.

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Carnegie Museum of Art would like to thank the contributors and personnel who made this project possible.