Thursday, June 16, 2011

Linda Dubler, curator of media arts at the High, passes away

Posted By on Thu, Jun 16, 2011 at 12:16 PM

Linda Dubler passed away this morning after fighting a form of bone marrow cancer called myelofibrosis for a number of years. Dubler, the High Museum's curator of media arts since 1985, fostered a rich international film program in her 26 years at the museum, leaving behind a legacy of global cinema in the form of the annual Iranian, French and Latin American film festivals, among numerous other projects and events.

As friend and colleague Steve Murray explains in a heartfelt memorial on ArtsCriticATL today, "she could have played it very safe at the High, only booking Italian movies full of great looking food, or antic French romances heavy on Parisian scenery. That would have made audiences, and her bosses, perfectly happy. But Dubler was genuinely interested in global cinema, in the multiform ways filmmakers were telling stories that were both universal and specific to their own cultures. She played to her audience’s intelligence and curiosity, rather than coddling them in an easy comfort zone."

"Linda worked tirelessly for 26 years to bring our audiences the best films from around the world, including many that would have never been seen in Atlanta,” stated Michael E. Shapiro, the High’s Nancy and Holcombe T. Green, Jr. Director in a press release. “She inspired staff and patrons to expand their film repertoire, many times introducing them to their first foreign film experience and creating life-long fans. We are grateful to Linda Dubler for creating such an inspirational and recognized film program at the High. She will truly be missed and we extend our sincere condolences to her family.”

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