Photo: School of the Visual Arts, NYC

Former Curator for Film and Cinema, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Visitor - Class of Spring 2015


Over his 44 years as a curator at the Museum of Modern Art, Laurence Kardish organized over a thousand film exhibitions covering the whole history and culture of the moving-image. His enthusiasm for German cinema is evident in the 34 annual surveys of New German Cinema (Kino!) he presented as well as the first complete retrospective of the films and television work of Rainer Werner Fassbinder, in 1989. The earliest exhibition on which he worked at MoMA was a comprehensive retrospective of the German-American filmmaker Ernst Lubitsch, in 1968, and one of the last was “Weimar Cinema, 1919 -1939 – Daydreams and Nightmares,” organized in collaboration with the Deutsche Kinemathek in Berlin in 2011. Kardish also organized tributes to the independent filmmaker Ulrike Ottinger (2000), the actress Hanna Schygulla (2005), and the film producer Regina Ziegler (2006). In 1986 he curated the film section of “Berlinart,” the first American museum exhibition noting the achievements of contemporary Berlin artists. For his work on German Cinema Kardish was awarded a Veredienstkreuz am Bande in 1999 and a Berlinale Kamera in 2006, and in 2013 he received the National Society of Film Critics Award.