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The Whitney’s annual academic symposia offer a focused look at a
particular topic or artist.

Fall 2009

Location: Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Film Center
New York University, 36 East 8th Street, New York

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Trailblazer, inventor, and innovator, Alice Guy Blaché (1873–1968) was cinema’s first female director and first female film studio owner. Her legacy extends to groundbreaking filmmaking techniques, novel approaches to narrative, and original directorial style. This symposium explores her imaginative and pioneering approach to film alongside present-day innovations in the spirit of her work.

10 am Alice Guy Blaché as Film Pioneer with Alison McMahan (Homunculus Productions, LLC), Richard Koszarski (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey), and moderated by Antonia Lant (New York University)

1 pm Women in the Archives: On Film Preservation with Terry Lawler (New York Women in Film and Television), Drake Stutesman (Women’s Film Preservation Fund), and moderated by Joan Simon (Whitney Museum of American Art)

2:30 pm Emerging Media: Now and Then with Rick Altman (University of Iowa), Virginia Heffernan (New York Times), and moderated by Christiane Paul (The New School and the Whitney Museum of American Art) 

$8 for general admission
$6 for students and senior citizens
FREE for Whitney Museum members and New York University students, faculty, and staff

Co-sponsored by the Education Department, Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Department of Cinema Studies, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. Special thanks to Antonia Lant and Richard Allen for their help in conceiving this symposium.

This symposium is made possible by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Additional support provided by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.