Jacqueline Stewart will lead the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

Film scholar Jacqueline Stewart has been named the next director and president of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles.

The organization’s board said Wednesday that Stewart, who previously served as the museum’s artistic director and director of programming, will succeed Bill Kramer to guide the museum’s vision beginning July 18.

“Jacqueline Stewart is the perfect choice to lead the Academy Museum into the future,” said Ted Sarandos, Chairman of the Academy Museum Board and Co-CEO of Netflix. “A strong and inspirational partner to Bill Kramer throughout the run-up to our opening, she provided much-needed direction to the curatorial program that has been so widely admired.”

Last week, Kramer was named the new CEO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization that organizes the Oscars.

Stewart is a Chicago native and 2021 MacArthur Foundation Fellow known for her contributions to film studies and advocacy for film preservation. Among her many accomplishments, Stewart is the author of the book “Migrating to the Movies: Cinema and Black Urban Modernity”, hosts “Silent Sunday Nights” on Turner Classic Movies, and serves as chair of the National Film Preservation Board.

In her previous role at the Academy Museum, she led the strategy and planning of its curatorial, educational and public programming initiatives, from exhibitions to screenings to podcasts. The museum opened last year and will celebrate its first anniversary in September.

“Our ambition in opening the Academy Museum was to give Los Angeles and the world an unparalleled institution for understanding and appreciating the history and culture of cinema, in all its artistic glory and all its power to influence and reflect society,” Stewart said in a statement. statement. “I am deeply honored to have been chosen for this new role.”

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