The Museum of Modern Art in New York today announced plans to digitize Andy Warhol’s complete film collection, “many never before seen by the public,” according to MoMA, where the artist’s film archives are held. The project, which will be completed alongside the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, will convert some 1,000 rolls of 16 mm film, shot between 1963 and 1972 and out of circulation for almost 40 years, to digital format. MoMA says the endeavor will begin this month and will take several years to complete, after which “the entire collection of Warhol films will be available for public screening.”Rajendra Roy, MoMA’s chief film curator, told Randy Kennedy of The New York Times, “I get really grumpy sometimes when things can’t be shown on film, but that said, these will become inaccessible very quickly if we don’t digitize them.”
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