HAWLEY - Hawley Public Library’s speaker series, Unique Pathways, continues at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 24 with, Art Wehrhahn retired director of The Museum of Modern Art.
Art grew up in Hoboken, NJ. and attended Jersey City State to pursue a degree in science. In parallel to his educational goals, he also tackled some professional goals. After high school he worked for a year and a half for AT&T in their drafting department. From there, he went to work for his uncle who had a film storage business where he stayed for ten years. While at Fort Lee Film Storage he had the opportunity to work on a large collection of nitrate films for The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), which became a full-time job and he eventually became MoMA’s Film Vault Manager. He learned film preservation on the job and by attending workshops and joining professional organizations, where he gained knowledge from others in the profession.
One of the greatest achievements of his 44 years while at MoMA was working on the planning and construction of The Celeste Bartos Film Preservation Center, in Hamlin, PA which opened in June,1996. The facility houses MoMA’s valuable films in climate-controlled conditions to prevent any further deterioration. Art managed the Film Preservation Center for 18 years until his retirement.
Art’s hobbies include fishing, fly tying, camping, hiking, astronomy, and model railroading. Join us to hear about the evolution of film during Art’s career.
The program is free. For more information, call the library at 570-226-4620. The library is located at 103 Main Ave., Hawley.