Director Discusses the Proposed Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

Director Discusses the Proposed Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has plans for a museum to honor motion pictures. The Academy Museum will contain over 290,000 square feet of state-of-the-art galleries, exhibition spaces, movie theaters, educational areas, and special event spaces. The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will be the world's premier museum devoted to exploring and curating the history and future of the moving image.

Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano and innovative contemporary architect Zoltan Pali, the Academy Museum will be located next to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) campus in the landmarked Wilshire May Company building. The Museum will curate and present the work of Oscar winners and nominees, as well as the legions of global artists who make movies. The Museum will provide interactive, immersive, and engaging exhibitions that will pull back the curtain on moviemaking and highlight the history and future of the arts and sciences of film.

Kerry Brougher, the new director of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, spoke about the museum in a recent article in the New York Times. Brougher said the museum, that scheduled for a 2017 opening, "is going to present the history and an appreciation of motion pictures from the start to the present, and help create the future of cinema."

Brougher said, "I would imagine we wouldn't do many feature films," in regards to his plan to create films to be shown in the museum's three theaters. However, he did speak of "installation-based projects" that would help expand the definition of movies.

Brougher said the museum would have two tracks: one that would have artifacts from the Academy's collection that should be mostly permanent and would trace the history of the industry and another that would be about the art of the "cinema" which would feature screenings, posters, photographs, props from a set, letters, or designs and personal artwork. He said that even lesser regarded films will have a place, stating, "Studying film history told me, probably more than being an art curator, not to be too quick to judge the quality of something by whether it was an A, a B or a C movie." he explained.

Brougher does lean more toward image than technology, saying, "When they leave, people should understand, if nothing else, that film is an art form."

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