Roy, the artistic director of the Hamptons International Film Festival and the only American programmer for the Berlinale, will succeed Mary Lea Bandy, who retired from MoMA in 2006. Roy will stay on with the Hamptons festival as an unpaid artistic advisor through the 2007 season.
MoMA director Glenn Lowry made the announcement, and said: 'Rajendra Roy brings to the Museum a breadth of experience that encompasses museum work as well as programming and management for important film festivals. His broad involvement in the film community will be invaluable to the development of the Film Department's programs, including acquisitions, exhibitions, research, and preservation.'
In the new position, he will lead a staff of 20 in the Department of Film. MoMA's film exhibitions include about 700 titles per year.
'The prospect of working with the expert staff at MoMA is the professional opportunity of a lifetime,' Roy said. 'Based on the historical foundation of the Museum's unparalleled film collection and archive, integrated with an active engagement with the spectrum of contemporary cinematic practice, I look forward to ensuring that the Department of Film continues to be a vital educational resource and source of inspiration for filmmakers, artists, and audiences worldwide.'
Roy has a degree in political science and French literature from the University of California, San Diego and he also studied art history and French literature at the Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris. He previously worked with the MIX festival: The New York Lesbian and Gay Experimental Film/Video Festival and in the Film and Media Arts Program at the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum.