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Thursday, Jan 17, 2002

blackhawk downs

"But now certain members of the MoMA brass Glenn Lowry, the Modern's director, and Mary Lea Bandy, head of the Department of Film and Media have shut down the Stills Archive. They are burying the collection in a patch of earth 2-1/2 hours by car from Manhattan: in Hamlin, Pa., where the Museum stores its films. With this one ill-considered stroke, a significant portion of our collective cultural memory was just struck with amnesia. The decision echoes the final words in "Kane," when the cynical butler snaps, to a workman holding an old sled, "Throw that junk." And Rosebud goes into the fire."