Longtime film journalist and critic Dave Kehr has been appointed by the Museum of Modern Art to be their Adjunct Curator in the Department of Film, it was announced today. He will work closely with Rajendra Roy, the Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film.
Kehr will be tasked with creating exhibitions for MoMA's New York cinemas in addition to widening the institution's reach via the digital realm.
"Dave Kehr has a hard-earned and dedicated international following as a champion of the under-recognized and long-forgotten in cinema," said Mr. Roy. "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's career as a critic began at the Chicago Reader in 1974. He's since written about film for the Chicago Tribune, New York Daily News and The New York Times, where he's been writing for 14 years. His work has also appeared in Entertainment Weekly and Les Cahiers du cinéma, and he's served as a contributing editor to Film Comment since 1985. He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics and the Library of Congress’s National Film Preservation Board, and is a Chevalier de l’Ordre des arts et des lettres.
Kehr begins at MoMA on December 1.