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Our Mission

The Center for Moving Image Arts (CMIA) is designed 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 nineteenth century to the contemporary moment, and the primary mission of the Center is to secure, exhibit, and contextualize major works of cinematic art from all periods and regions.

Founder and Director

Richard I. Suchenski (Associate Professor, Film and Electronic Arts)

Richard has curated and organized retrospectives, series, traveling programs, and interdisciplinary conferences focusing on filmmakers, film movements, and particular moments from the silent era to the present at a number of venues including Bard College, Yale University, the Yale University Art Gallery, the Freer and Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian Institution, the National Gallery of Art, the Museum of the Moving Image, the George Eastman House, the Pacific Film Archive, the Harvard Film Archive, the UCLA Film and Television Archive, the Toronto International Film Festival Cinematheque, the British Film Institute, the Austrian Film Museum, the Munich Film Museum, Tokyo Filmex, the National Museum of Singapore, Anthology Film Archives, and Princeton University. Author of Projections of Memory: Romanticism, Modernism, and the Aesthetics of Film (Oxford University Press, 2016) and editor, Hou Hsiao-hsien (Austrian Film Museum/Columbia University Press, 2014). Frequent contributor to The Moving Image and Senses of Cinema; articles published or forthcoming in Artforum (October 2015), New York Review of Books (June 2018), Viewing Platform: Perspectives on the Panorama (Yale University Press, 2018), Positions: Asia Cultures Critique (February 2017), Ronshū Hasumi Shigehiko (Hatori Shoten, 2016), Robert Bresson (Indiana University Press, 2012), Olivier Assayas (Austrian Film Museum/Columbia University Press, 2012), Ashish Avikunthak (Aicon Gallery, 2012), Studies in French Cinema (Spring 2011), The Cinema World of Pedro Costa (Jeonju International Film Festival, 2010), Robert Beavers: My Hand Outstretched to the Winged Distance and Sightless Measure (Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2009), and the Encyclopedia of the Documentary Film (Routledge, 2005). Recipient, Whiting Fellowship (2009-2010); Stavros S. Niarchos Research Fellowship (2008); others. At Bard since 2010.

B.A., Princeton University; M.A., M.Phil., joint Ph.D. (Film Studies and History of Art), Yale University.

Projections and Operations Manager

Brandon Brumm

Advisory Board

James H. Ottaway Jr. (Former Senior Vice President, Dow Jones & Company, Inc.), Founding Member
Norton Batkin (Vice President and Dean of Graduate Studies, Bard College), Founding Member
Richard I. Suchenski, ex officio, Founder and Director
  • Alexander Horwath (Director, Austrian Film Museum)
  • Kent Jones (Director of Programming, New York Film Festival and Artistic Director, World Cinema Foundation)
  • Mark McElhatten (Sikelia Productions and Founding Curator, Views from the Avant-Garde)
  • John Mhiripiri (Director, Anthology Film Archives)
  • Anne Morra (Associate Curator, The Museum of Modern Art)
  • James Quandt (Senior Programmer, Toronto International Film Festival Cinematheque and Critic, Artforum)

Print Loans

Archives and organizations we have worked with include:

  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Film Archive
  • Austrian Film Museum
  • British Film Institute
  • Chinese Taipei Film Archive
  • Cinémathèque française
  • Cinémathèque suisse
  • Cineteca di Bologna
  • CNC-AFF (Centre national du cinéma et de l'image animée, Archives françaises du film)
  • Deutsche Kinemathek
  • The Film Foundation
  • Film Society of Lincoln Center
  • Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung
  • George Eastman House
  • Harvard Film Archive
  • Institut français
  • Japan Foundation
  • Library of Congress
  • The Museum of Modern Art (NY)
  • National Film Center, National Museum of Modern Art (Tokyo)
  • Pacific Film Archive
  • Toronto International Film Festival Cinematheque
  • UCLA Film and Television Archive
  • World Cinema Foundation
  • Studio Vaults in the United States, Europe, and Asia