Bill Judson was curator of film and video at the Carnegie Museum of Art for 28 years. He is now an independent curator, writer, and teacher on the subjects of experimental and independent American film at several local colleges in Pittsburgh.
Bill picked up where Sally Dixon left off. After she resigned from her post in summer of 1975, Bill took the reigns at the Museum of Art Film Section, spearheading the department until its termination in 2003. Under his direction in the late 1970s, the film programming of the museum expanded exponentially. Nearly every day of the week featured a unique film event. The museum became *the* place to see cutting-edge film.
As a film curator, Bill expanded Dixon's emphasis on the American avant-garde. Through his programming, he drew more attention to international cinemas and caught on early to the work of performance and video artists. He organized several pioneering video art shows in the 1980s and 1990s. He also strengthened ties with Pittsburgh Filmmakers, the local media arts center.
In Part I of our interview, Bill and I discuss how he got involved in experimental film exhibition, the spread of independent media in the 1960s and 1970s, and his curatorial work at the Carnegie Museum of Art.