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MOMA names Dave Kehr Adjunct Film Curator


Congrats are due to film critic, programmer, and UCP author Dave Kehr on his new gig as adjunct curator of film at MOMA, where he will take on the task of creating exhibitions for MOMA’s New York-based cinemas, as well as engaging with the vast holdings of their film archive.

From Rajendra Roy, MOMA’s Chief Curator of Film, in the press release:

Dave Kehr has a hard-earned and dedicated international following as a champion of the under-recognized and long-forgotten in cinema. His writing has helped uncover numerous lost gems, provided support for their preservation, and inspired countless cinephiles and filmmakers alike. We are thrilled to have him dive into our collection and add his voice to the celebration of the art of the motion picture.

Kehr was chief film critic at the Chicago Reader from 1974 to 1985, before moving to the Chicago Tribune (1985–92), the New York Daily News (1993–98), and finally the New York Times, where he took over the “At the Movies” column in 2000 and where he continues to write on DVD releases.

When Movies Mattered: Reviews from a Transformative Decade presents a selection of Kehr’s greatest hits from his stint at the Reader, including his controversial Top Ten lists and a body of criticism that took on everything from important Hollywood revivals to avant-garde foreign fare, all with Kehr’s signature intelligence and wry panache.

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