Sally Berger is a film and media curator, lecturer, and writer whose work focuses on the relationships between experimental film and media installation; nonfiction and fiction film; and documentary film and art. She is currently a Fellow at the Center for Media, Culture and History at New York University and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Haverford College. At the Museum of Modern Art, where she worked from 1986 – 2016, she was a Curatorial Assistant and Assistant Curator in the Department of Film, and Director/co-founder of Documentary Fortnight, an international festival of nonfiction film featuring contemporary trends in nonfiction film/media. A participating curator in annual series at the Museum such as Modern Mondays, Media Scope, and Video Viewpoints, Berger invited artists representing various film and media discourses such as Akosua Adoma Owusu, Eric Baudelaire, Ximena Cuevas, Sharon Hayes, and Alfredo Jaar, and proposed contemporary and historical art acquisitions and restorations including the work of Skip Blumberg, James Longley, Anri Sala, Carolee Schneeman, and Yvonne Rainer. Berger has organized retrospectives of film directors Roddy Bogawa, Harun Farocki, Su Friedrich, Mahamat Saleh Haroun, Naomi Kawase, Kim Longinotto, Alanis Obomsawin, Lourdes Portillo, Sally Potter, and Vittorio De Seta, and media art installation shows of Magdalena Campos Pons, Patty Chang and David Kelley, Seoungho Cho, and Mary Lucier. Her thematic exhibitions have explored indigenous media, Chinese documentary film, women in film, and groundbreaking media art organizations. Her installation and theater exhibition “Maya Deren’s Legacy: Women and Experimental Film,” was accompanied by an essay on Maya Deren for the book Modern Women: Women Artists at The Museum of Modern Art. Berger was Executive Director of The Flaherty Seminars from 1989 – 1994. She received an M.A. from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts in Cinema Studies and a B.A. from Fordham University at Lincoln Center in Media Studies.
2019 Advisor Committee Member.