Jacqueline Stewart has been named director and president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Museum
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember that you have within you the strength, patience and passion to reach for the stars to change the world. (Harriet Tubman)
On July 6, the Board of Trustees of the Academy of Motion Picture Museum announced the appointment of Jacqueline Stewart as director and president of the institution. This was not an unexpected move, as Ms Stewart is one of the world’s leading film scholars, curators and public educators. She was appointed in 2020 as the chief artistic and program director of the museum.
Stewart succeeds Bill Cramer, who last week officially assumed his duties as the new CEO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, taking over for recently departed executive director Dawn Hudson.
Ted Sarandos, chairman of the Academy Museum’s Board of Trustees and co-CEO of Netflix, said: “The Board warmly and unanimously agrees that Jacqueline Stewart is the perfect choice to lead the Academy Museum into the future. A strong and inspiring partner to Bill Kramer throughout the period leading up to our opening, she provided indispensable direction to the curatorial program that was so widely admired. Her assumption of the role of director and president is a testament to both the intellectual prowess of the Academy Museum and its institutional strength.
Kramer said, “It was a great privilege to work hand-in-hand with Jacqueline when we opened the Academy Museum. I am excited that we will continue to collaborate in our two new roles. I know the museum will thrive thanks to her rare combination of experience, creativity and proven leadership. Like film fans everywhere, I am so grateful that she is leading the future of the Academy Museum.”
Stewart said: “Our ambition in opening the Academy Museum was to give Los Angeles and the world an unprecedented 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. I feel deeply honored to be selected for this new role and look forward to working with our Board of Trustees, our COO and General Counsel Brendan Connell Jr., our extremely talented staff, and with Bill Cramer and the Academy as we continue to move forward in our mission.”
“Every time you say what you want or believe, you are the first to hear it. It is a message to both yourself and others about what you believe is possible. Don’t put a ceiling on yourself.” (Oprah Winfrey)
As Chief Artistic and Program Director, Stewart has led the strategy and planning of the Academy Museum’s curatorial, educational, and public program initiatives, including exhibitions, screenings, symposia, publications, workshops, youth programs, and the Academy Museum Podcast. Honored in 2021 as a MacArthur Foundation Fellow, she was a 2019 Senior Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) and was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2018. She holds as a professor of film and media studies at the University of Chicago, and previously served on the faculty of Northwestern University.
Stewart’s work to expand public understanding of cinema and inspire film history includes her award-winning book, “Migrating to Cinema: Cinema and Black Urban Modernity,” a study of African Americans and silent cinema, and her co-editing of “LA Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema,” and “William Greaves: Making films as a mission.”
She hosts Turner Classic Movies’ Silent Sunday Nights and co-curates the video collection, “Pioneers of African American Cinema,” for Kino Lorber. A native of Chicago’s South Side, Stewart founded the South Side Home Film Project in 2005 to preserve, digitize and screen amateur footage documenting everyday life from the perspective of South Side residents.
A passionate film archivist and film preservation advocate, she is chair of the National Film Preservation Board, where she has led the production of reports on diversity, equity, and inclusion in the National Film Registry and in the film archival profession, and has also served on the boards of the Chicago Film Archives, the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, and the Association of Moving Image Archivists.
Stewart’s research has been supported by institutions including the Schomburg Center for the Study of Black Culture at the New York Public Library, the Shelby Cullum Davis Center for Historical Studies at Princeton University, the Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, the Franke Institute for the Humanities at the University of Chicago, and the National endowment for the humanities.
Stewart earned a BA in English from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Chicago. He studied moving image archiving at UCLA and the Cineteca di Bologna in Italy.
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