Amos Vogel – 100 Years of Subversion

With his provocative assertion of film as a "subversive art," the curator, critic and indefatigable educator Amos Vogel (1921-2012) violently challenged the common understanding of film, championing a cinematic cosmos rich with disapproved, forgotten, defiant and censored works. In 2021, this figurehead of curatorial rebelliousness would have celebrated his centenary.
 
Amos Vogel was born on April 18, 1921 in Vienna as Amos Vogelbaum. In 1938, he fled via Cuba to the USA, where he lived in New York City and Philadelphia until his death on April 24, 2012. He was the founder and curator of Cinema 16 (1947–1963), one of the most significant film societies in the USA focusing on independent cinema; founding director of the New York Film Festival (1963–1968), where he emphasized the contemporary avant-garde. He was also the author of the groundbreaking work of film theory Film as a Subversive Art (1974); professor of film studies at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania; lecturer, critic, and consultant for numerous international film festivals.
 

Activities and Projects at the Austrian Film Museum

 

Peep Show #2 - Amos Vogel - Gesamtansicht
From January 2021

PEEP SHOW

Exhibition: Seeing films is a way of thinking
2021 / Ongoing

SELFIES & QUOTES

100 birthday wishes for Amos Vogel
Pin Buttons
2021 / Ongoing

OBJECTS

Discoveries from the Amos Vogel Library
Laborat, 2014, Guillaume Cailleau
October 22 to November 25, 2021

FILM AS A SUBVERSIVE ART '21

A Tribute to Amos Vogel
 
The Song of Ceylon, 1934, Basil Wright
Since 2018 / Ongoing

ATLAS FILM PROGRAMS

Hommage to Cinema 16:
Films you cannot see elsewhere
WR: Mysterien des Organismus, 1971, Dusan Makavejev
2008

FILM AGAINST TABOOS

Retrospective: Cinema and the "Sexual Liberation," 1963–1976
Amos Vogel Visitenkarte
2021 / Ongoing

CASE STUDIES

Reading material, comments and discoveries
Resonanz von Exil, Ausstellungsansicht, Museum der Moderne Salzburg, 2018 © Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Foto: Rainer Iglar
Since 2019

AMOS VOGEL LIBRARY

Books, pamphlets and juvenilia
Amos Vogel (Courtesy Annenberg School of Communication)
2021 / Ongoing

AMOS VOGEL LECTURES

Talks, meetings and seminars
2014

PUBLICATION

Be Sand Not Oil. The Life and Work of Amos Vogel
Amos Vogel. Mosaik im Vertrauen, 2001, Egon Humer
2011

VOGEL's 90TH BIRTHDAY

Film as a Subversive Art:
An Evening for Amos Vogel

Ausschnitt einer Karikatur von Bill Littlejohn, angefertigt während der Schlussdiskussion des Symposiums: in der Mitte Amos Vogel (Schriftgutsammlung ÖFM)
1993

VIENNALE RETROSPECTIVE

Departure into Uncertainty – Austrian Filmmakers in Emigration

Amos Vogel Projects by Friends

 
September 2021

AMOS VOGEL – REPEATS AND RESPONSES

Tribute at Arsenal, Berlin

March 2021

PUNTO DE VISTA

Film Festival: Amos Vogel Retrospective
September 2018

RESONANCE OF EXILE

Exhibition at the Museum der Moderne Salzburg
October 2004

TRIBUTE TO AMOS VOGEL

Life as Subversive Art, Viennale 2004
2011

BOOK

Amos Vogel – Ein New Yorker Cineast aus Wien
Sticking Place

AMOS VOGEL

Film as a Subversive Art and Cinema 16
 
Columbia University

ARCHIVAL COLLECTION

The Amos Vogel Papers at the Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Harvard Film Archive

COLLECTION

Amos Vogel Annenberg
School for Communication
University of Pennsylvania

ANNENBERG SCHOOL

for Communication. Amos Vogel
as former Faculty Member