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Oklahoma City Museum of Art hires Michael Anderson as new film curator

by Brandy McDonnell Published: August 12, 2014
Michael Anderson is the new film curator at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Photo provided.
Michael Anderson is the new film curator at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Photo provided.

Michael Anderson, film scholar and critic, will join the staff of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art as film curator, the museum’s President and CEO E. Michael Whittington announced today.

Anderson will begin his new role at the museum Wednesday.

“Michael comes to the Museum with vast, inside knowledge of the film industry,” said Whittington in today’s news release. “His extensive education and love of cinema, paired with his film festival experience, will take the Oklahoma City Museum of Art’s film programming to a new level. We are fortunate to have Michael join our team.”

Anderson said in the release, “The Museum has built a strong and respected film tradition that I feel very fortunate to be able to expand upon. My promise to the community is to provide smart and adventurous new and repertory programming that draws on the very best in independent, foreign language and classical cinema.”

“Ultimately, I hope to help make cinema a key component of Oklahoma City’s cultural identity,” Anderson added in the release.

Anderson will succeed Brian Hearn, who as previously reported, left the film curator’s post earlier this summer after 19 years with the OKC Museum of Art.

Most recently, Anderson served on the screening and program committees of the Starz Denver Film Festival. He also covered that event as a member of the media. He has attended and written extensively about the New York Asian Film Festival and New York Film Festival.

Anderson has taught film, video and history classes at the college level, most recently at Yale University. Before attending Yale, where he earned his doctorate in history of art and film studies in 2013, Anderson earned a master’s degree in cinema studies from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in European studies from Hillsdale College in Michigan. Anderson also writes two award-winning blogs, Tativille and Ten Best Films, where he has focused on the best of contemporary world cinema and 21st century Hollywood.

Anderson and his wife are excited to make downtown Oklahoma City their new home and to explore a region of the country new to them both, according to the release.

For more information on the OKC Museum of Art’s film program, go to


by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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