Moving Image Archiving and Preservation

preservation audiovisual film motion picture training education masters degree digital copyright conservation

Professor Antonia Lant

H72. 1801. 719: Contemporary Cultural Institutions (2 points)

Class meets in 719 Broadway, Room 603, various Mondays during the semester, 12:30-4:30 pm. Lant office hours: 719 Broadway, Rm. 612, Tues, 10-12. Tel: 212-998-1612

Course Description

This course examines the different kinds of institutions that collect and manage moving image material: museums of art, natural history, and cinema; libraries; local historical societies; and others. It compares and contrasts these institutions, by examining their organizational structures (including trends in staffing and the role of individual departments), their respective missions and operational ethics, their fund-raising strategies, their audiences and outreach efforts, and their use of digitization.

Student requirements

No incompletes.

NB: The readings and topics on this syllabus may be added to, and change during the semester. Students are responsible for following such changes. In addition, due to variations in the lengths of discussion, questions, and visual materials, we may not actually discuss all the readings listed in the syllabus. However, they are important and their content supports the class assignments.


All readings will be put on reserve at Bobst.


Plagiarism is the presentation of somebody else's work as your own. This is a very serious fault, and against NYU rules, whether it is unintended (e.g. occurs through poor citations and confusion about how to reference somebody else's scholarship), or derives from out and out copying (such as downloading essays from the internet). Plagiarism includes using portions of a previously published work in a paper without citing the source, submitting a paper written for another course, submitting a paper written by someone else, and using the ideas of someone else without attribution. Plagiarism is unacceptable in this class and is punished severely. Please ask for help, by email or in person, if you are unclear as to how to cite others' work. Anybody who is caught plagiarizing will fail the course and be subject to disciplinary action through the university.

Class 1) Mon 22 Jan, 12:30-4:30. Introduction.

What institutions collect moving images?



Class 2) Mon 12 Feb, Observational Studies. Student presentations.


Class 3) Mon 26 Feb Organizational Structures of Institutions; their Ethics and Values.


Michael Stoller, Director of Collections and Research Services, Bobst Library. 3:00pm.


Class 4) Mon 5th March, 12:30-4:30. Visit to Museum of Moving Image

12-16 March, Spring Break

Class 5) Mon 19 March, 12:30-4:30. Visit American Museum of Natural History

Hosted by Barbara Mathe. Meet at the Museum at 12:30pm. More precise instructions to follow by email.


Week of 19 or 26 March, required visit to office hours.

Class 6) Mon 26 March 12:30-4:30 pm. Fundraising.

Guests from development office of MoMA.


Class 7) Mon 16 April, 12:30-4:30. Final presentations