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Rob Tregenza: Thinking with Cinema

April 12, 2023 – April 16, 2023

The Museum of Modern Art

Transcendent formalism meets messy humanism in the work of East Coast independent Rob Tregenza. His audacious first feature, Talking to Strangers—nine 10-minute sequences, each shot in a single take—galvanized the 1988 Berlin International Film Festival, gathering admirers including Jean-Luc Godard, who helped Tregenza make his third feature, Inside/Out (1997). In his essay “Cinq Lettres a et sur Rob Tregenza,” Godard described Tregenza’s work as “remarkable and at times astonishing, that is, softly imbued with the marvelous.” This retrospective will include all four of Tregenza’s features, along with a sampling of his work as a cinematographer (for Bela Tarr, Alex Cox, Claude Miller, and others).

Organized by Dave Kehr, Curator, Department of Film

Film at MoMA is made possible by CHANEL.

Additional support is provided by the Annual Film Fund. Leadership support for the Annual Film Fund is provided by Debra and Leon D. Black, with major contributions from The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art, Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP), The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art, and Karen and Gary Winnick.


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Inside/Out. 1997. USA. Written and directed by Rob Tregenza. Courtesy of the filmmaker

Gavagai. 2016. USA/Germany. Directed, photographed, and edited by Rob Tregenza. Courtesy of the filmmaker.

Three Businessmen. 1998. Great Britain. Directed by Alex Cox. Courtesy of the filmmaker.

The Arc. 1991. USA. Written, directed, photographed, and edited by Rob Tregenza. Courtesy of the filmmaker

Talking to Strangers. 1988. USA. Written, directed, and photographed by Rob Tregenza. Courtesy of the filmmaker