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Private Lives Public Spaces

October 21, 2019 – July 01, 2020

The Museum of Modern Art

The Yoshiko and Akio Morita Galleries host Private Lives Public Spaces, the Museum’s first large-scale exhibition of home movies and amateur films drawn exclusively from its collection. This gallery presentation of largely unseen, privately produced works will explore the connection between artist’s cinema, amateur movies, and family filmmaking since the 1923 introduction of small-gauge film stock heralded the unofficial birth of affordable home moviemaking. The Museum’s archival holdings of the genre represent a remarkable range of creativity by artists, celebrities, world travelers, and the public at large. This presentation of moving image work offers a renewed perspective on the creative strategies that amateur filmmaking shares with experimental and avant-garde cinema of the 20th century. In conjunction with the gallery installation, MoMA’s Department of Education will stage a Home Movie Day comprising three Library of Congress National Film Registry programs.

Organized by Ron Magliozzi, Curator, Brittany Shaw, Curatorial Assistant, Katie Trainor, Collections Manager, Peter Williamson, Preservation Officer, and Ashley Swinnerton, Collection Specialist, Department of Film

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6th Avenue–Subway–Post. Charles L. Turner. USA. 1942-44. Digital preservation of 16mm film. Courtesy The Museum of Modern Art.

Beyond Genre. Edit deAk. USA. 1977-86. Digital preservation of Super 8mm film. Codirected and coedited with Patrick Fox. Courtesy the Museum of Modern Art.

Father & Kid NYC. Unidentified filmmaker. USA. c. 1940s. Digital preservation of 16mm film. Courtesy The Museum of Modern Art.

Home movies. Jarret family. USA. 1958-67. Digital preservation of Standard 8mm film. Courtesy the Museum of Modern Art.

Home movies. Jarret family. USA. 1958-67. Digital preservation of Standard 8mm film. Courtesy the Museum of Modern Art.

Home movies. Pierce family. USA. 1958-63. Digital preservation of 16mm film. Courtesy the Museum of Modern Art

Home movies. Nina Barr Wheeler. USA. 1952-56. Digital preservation of 16mm film. Wheeler Winston Dixon Collection. Courtesy the Museum of Modern Art.

Margaret’s Communion Party. Unidentified filmmaker. USA. 1933. Digital preservation of 16mm film. Courtesy The Museum of Modern Art.

New York. Victor Ginsburg. USA. 1981. Digital preservation of 16mm film. Courtesy the Museum of Modern Art.

Spanish People at Pickfair. Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford. Cinematography by Henry Sharp. USA. 1929. Digital preservation of 35mm film. Courtesy the Museum of Modern Art.

Installation view of Private Live Public Spaces (October 21, 2019-July 5, 2020), The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Digital Image © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo by Martin Seck.

Installation view of Private Live Public Spaces (October 21, 2019-July 5, 2020), The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Digital Image © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo by Martin Seck.

Installation view of Private Live Public Spaces (October 21, 2019-July 5, 2020), The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Digital Image © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo by Martin Seck.

Installation view of Private Live Public Spaces (October 21, 2019-July 5, 2020), The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Digital Image © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo by Martin Seck.