After a quarter century of producing quality films on art, MUSE is winding down.
All MUSE assets have been turned over to the non-profit organization IndieCollect (www.indiecollect.org) with a goal of preserving and archiving films. Most importantly Kino Lorber (www.kinolorber.com), the highly acclaimed distribution company, will create the MUSE Library, enabling MUSE's legacy to live on. Additional quality films on art will be added to the collection to strengthen the umbrella overall.
KARL KATZ (1929-2017)
Prior to founding MUSE Film and Television in 1991, Karl Katz served as the Chairman for Special Projects and subsequently Chairman for Exhibitions and Loans at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. In these capacities, Katz helped create the major exhibition program of The Met, which led to a significant increase in museum attendance and became a worldwide standard in art museums. During his tenure, Katz also founded the Office of Film and Television at The Met, with the goal of using film and television to reach new audiences and to deepen understanding for art. The Office of Film and Television produced nearly fifty films, making The Met foremost among museums worldwide for films on art (several of those films are now distributed by MUSE). In 1984, Katz assumed the role of Executive Director of The Met's joint venture with the J. Paul Getty Trust, the Program for Art on Film. The Program created the largest database in the world of films on art and produced fifteen experimental films.
In addition to his pioneering work connecting film and the moving image with art appreciation, Karl Katz has also worked as an archaeologist, as a museum planner and designer, and as a museum director. In the late 1950s, Katz traveled and excavated in Israel, Egypt, Cyprus, Turkey and Iran. In 1958, he was invited to co-head the team that created Israel's National Museum of Art and Archaeology in Jerusalem. He has since developed the concepts for a number of innovative museums, including: The Museum of the Jewish Diaspora in Tel-Aviv, the Museum of the History of Jerusalem in the Tower of David, the P.T. Barnum Museum in Bridgeport, Connecticut, The Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, the Hans Christian Andersen Museum in Copenhagen, and KIASMA, The Museum of the Twentieth Century in Helsinki.
Katz served as the first Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the International Center of Photography. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Municipal Arts Society, New York; the Advisory Committee of the Department of Fine Arts and Archaeology at Columbia University; and was a Trustee of the Park Avenue Armory.
Catherine Price served as Managing Director and Executive Producer of MUSE Film and Television from 1993 through its upcoming dissolution in 2018.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Karl Katz, Executive Director **
Catherine Price, Treasurer
Board Chairman; Former Head of Music and Arts,
Porter Bibb *
Managing Partner, Mediatech Capital Partners LLC; Author
Susan Bloom *
Andrea M. Bronfman **
Director, The CRB Foundation; Director, The American Joint Distribution Committee
Noel J. Brown *
President, Friends of the United Nations
Director of Appraisal Department, Art Dealers Association of America
Dorothy Cullman **
Board Member, Human Rights Watch; Board Member, New York Shakespeare Festival; Trustee, New York Public Library; Trustee, Library for Performing Arts at Lincoln Center
James Danziger *
Founder and Director, Danziger Projects; Former Director, Magnum Photos’ U.S. Operations
Diandra De Morrell Douglas
Independent Film Producer, Documentaries on the Arts; President, W.W. Productions/Sony Columbia
Paul H. Epstein *
Partner, Proskauer, Rose, Goetz and Mendelsohn (copyright law)
David Finn *
Founder and Chairman, RuderFinn
Founder and President, Art Resource, Founder and President, Artists’ Rights Society
Jan Fontein *
Art Historical Consultant; Former Director, The Museum of Fine Arts (Boston); Bishop White Visiting Scholar, Royal Ontario Museum
Robert I. Freedman *
Attorney, Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard
Agnes Junger **
Journalist and Commodities Trader
Founder and President of Karcsi Global, LLC
Bradford D. Kelleher **
Consultant (publishing/merchandising), The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Caroline Kennedy *
Attorney and Author
Stephen S. Lash *
Deputy Chairman, Christie’s
Michael Allan Levine *
Partner, Goodman, Freeman, Phillips and Vineberg
Gale Livengood **
Founder, Home Vision, Inc
Consultant, Sub-Genre Media
Nicholas A. Polsky
Vice President, Octagon Communications Inc.
Suzanne L. Randolph *
Founding Partner, Suzanne Randolph Fine Arts
Ira Resnick *
Chairman of the Board, The Film Society of Lincoln Center; Owner, The Motion Picture Arts Gallery
Ann Scharffenberger *
Executive, Elizabeth Arden
Joan Shigekawa *
Senior Deputy Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts
Gerald G. Stiebel *
President, Stiebel, Ltd.
Founder, Museums Magazine; Founder and Publisher, AWAsia
Jane Wells *
Director of Home Video, First Run Features; Director,
The Spanish Language Book Club (Círculo de Lectures)
* Director Emeritus