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Josh Siegel

post Contributor Curator, Department of Film The Museum of Modern Art

Josh Siegel, a film curator at The Museum of Modern Art, has organized or co-organized more than 90 film, media, and gallery exhibitions, including Death Is My Dance Partner: Film Noir in Postwar Argentina (2016); Glorious Technicolor (2015); A Road Three Hundred Years Long: Cinema and the Great Migration (2015); Vienna Unveiled: A City in Cinema (2014); Art Theater Guild and Japanese Underground Cinema, 1962-1986 (2013); The Rolling Stones: 50 Years on Film (2012); The New India (2007 and 2009); the gallery and film exhibition Jazz Score (2008); the gallery installation Projects 84: Josiah McElheny (2007), which traveled to the Moderna Museet, Stockholm, and was acquired for its permanent collection; and The Lodz Film School of Poland: 50 Years (1999), for which the Polish government awarded him an amicus poloniae. In 2013, he had a curatorial residency at the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere in Vienna, and in 2007 he received MoMA's Lee Tenenbaum Award for curatorial excellence. He is also an alumnus of the Center for Curatorial Leadership.

Mr. Siegel’s monographic exhibitions include Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet (2016), Wim Wenders (2015), Werner Schroeter (2012), Dziga Vertov (2011), Frederick Wiseman (2010), Spike Jonze (2009), Julien Duvivier (2009), Peter Hutton (2008), Michael Haneke (2008), Gregory La Cava (2005), Christopher Guest (2005), Olivier Assayas (2003), Jean Painlevé (2000), Errol Morris (1999), Marguerite Duras (1998), and Jeanne Moreau (1994). In 2002, he co-founded To Save and Project: The MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation; now celebrating its fourteenth year, the festival has showcased more than 1,000 film restorations from archives, studios, and distributors around the world. He has acquired more than 600 films and media installations for MoMA’s permanent collection, including major collections of Robert Frank, Frederick Wiseman, Jack Smith, Errol Morris, Ingmar Bergman, Kelly Reichardt, Tissa David, Jem Cohen, and Peter Hutton; films from Iran, Mexico, Taiwan, Portugal, Japan, India, and beyond; and media installations by John Bock, Cindy Sherman, Robin Rhode, Lucy Raven, Matthew Buckingham, Matt Saunders, Allan Sekula, and others.

Mr. Siegel is the co-editor and author of the 2010 publication Frederick Wiseman (MoMA /Gallimard), which features original essays by David Denby, Errol Morris, Christopher Ricks, Joshua Siegel, William T. Vollmann, Frederick Wiseman, and others. Together with curators Kirk Varnedoe and Paola Antonelli, Mr. Siegel co-organized a major reinstallation of The Museum of Modern Art, Open Ends, as part of MoMA2000, and co-edited the accompanying catalogue, Modern Contemporary: Art at MoMA Since 1980. He is also the author of two monographs, Baby, It’s Cold Outside: A History of Finnish Cinema, and The Łódź Film School of Poland: 50 Years.