Center for Moving Image Arts
The mission of the Center is twofold: to facilitate the study of cinema’s history and future in an interdisciplinary environment focused primarily on undergraduate education, and to bring various aspects of film culture—public screenings, publications, educational initiatives, and archival development—under the same umbrella. The “moving image arts” rubric extends broadly from the 19th century to the contemporary moment, and CMIA’s primary goal is to secure, exhibit, and contextualize major works of cinematic art from all periods and regions, some of which will become part of the permanent collection. The CMIA launch season included extensive 35mm retrospectives of filmmakers Alfred Hitchcock, Josef von Sternberg, and Michael Powell. CMIA’s first major international retrospective project—focused on Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien—will travel to prominent venues around the world in 2015 (the films will screen at Bard in fall 2014). Other major CMIA programs during the 2014–15 academic year include “Remembering the Great War” and “Cinematic Romanticisms.” All programs are open to the entire Bard community, and the Center coordinates a number of educational workshops and internship programs for students. Richard I. Suchenski, assistant professor of film and electronic arts, is the Center’s founder and director; David Rodriguez is the manager and archivist.