Academy Museum appoints Jacqueline Stewart as director, president

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures has announced that Jacqueline Stewart, its Chief Artistic and Programming Officer, has been appointed Director and President. Stewart will take over from Bill Kramer, who was named chief executive of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences last week, succeeding Dawn Hudson.

Stewart’s appointment comes as no surprise. She joined the museum in January 2021 ahead of its opening this year and has directed exhibitions, programming and education. She is a leading film historian, scholar, and archivist who taught American film history, specializing in African-American cinema, at the University of Chicago, as well as the first black host of Turner Classic Movies’ “Silent Sunday Nights,” which spotlights the silent films.

Ted Sarandos, the museum’s executive chairman and Netflix co-CEO, said in the announcement that the board’s decision was unanimous because Stewart was an “ideal choice” for the job.

“Throughout the period leading up to our opening, she was a strong and inspiring partner to Bill Kramer,” he said, “providing indispensable direction for the curatorial program so widely admired. Her assumption of the role of Director and President is a testament to both the intellectual weight of the Academy Museum and its institutional strength.”

In September — the same week that the Academy Museum opened to the public — Stewart was named a 2021 MacArthur Foundation Fellow. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation recognized her for “enabling the contributions of overlooked black filmmakers and viewing communities to have a place in the public imagination.”

Stewart’s work at the Academy Museum directly advanced that mission.

“Our goal in opening the Academy Museum,” she said in Wednesday’s announcement, “was to provide Los Angeles and the world with an unparalleled institution to showcase the history and culture of cinema in all its artistic glory and influence.” to understand and appreciate and reflect society.”

Kramer expressed great confidence in Stewart’s choice as museum director: “I know that the museum will thrive on her rare combination of expertise, creativity and proven leadership. Like film fans around the world, I am so grateful that she is leading the future of the Academy Museum.”

Stewart and Kramer will take up their new positions on July 18.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2022-07-06/academy-museum-appoints-jacqueline-stewart-to-lead-the-museum Academy Museum appoints Jacqueline Stewart as director, president

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