NEW YORK — The Museum of Modern Art has gone public with its campaign to acquire at least 200 films for its film archive by the year 2000.
The “200 for 2000” effort has been proceeding silently since early 1996 and has resulted in the acquisition of major works by such directors as Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Oliver Stone, Hal Hartley, Joel and Ethan Coen and John Sayles.
MOMA is roughly one-third of the way toward its goal of adding 200 titles to its collection of 14,000 films, which are housed in the museum’s two-year-old Celeste Bartos Film Preservation Center in Hamlin, Pa.
On June 19, MOMA will showcase some of its recent acquisitions in a series that will run through September 12 at the museum’s Roy and Niuta Titus Theater in Gotham.
“We are very happy to announce this important campaign and extremely pleased to present in the coming months some of the wonderful films we have already received,” said Mary Lea Bandy, chief curator of MOMA’s department of film and video.
Films by Julie Dash, Ken Jacobs, Nancy Savoca, Stan Brakhage, Al Pacino, Spike Lee, Andy Warhol, Terence Davies and Im Kwon-Taek will be among those presented in the series, which was organized by department of film and video curator Steve Higgins and assistant curator Anne Morra.