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About the Bentson Mediatheque

Explore the history of cinema in the Walker’s Mediatheque. The Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection is now at your fingertips. The Mediatheque offers an engaging cinema experience for classes, film aficionados, or curious visitors to browse and enjoy a large selection of films. Choose a film or create a playlist accessible via touchscreen controls and projected on the big screen.

Early works include George Méliès’s fantastical A Trip to the Moon(1902) and Buster Keaton’s slapstick comedy Cops (1922). Become immersed in Maya Deren’s Meshes of the Afternoon (1943), which ignited an era of independent experimental cinema. Or enjoy William Klein’s fashion satire Who Are You, Polly Maggoo? (1966), showcasing the elite yet ridiculous haute couture fashion movement of 1960s Paris. Take in Hollis Frampton’s tension-infused Critical Mass (1972) or Harry Smith’s extravagant abstract animated films, including Heaven and Earth Magic (1957–1962).

Moving Image Commissions

The Walker Moving Image Commissions returns for a second season this summer. Artists Marwa Arsanios, Yto Barrada, Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz, and Renée Green have each been commissioned to create a new work to be shown online from June to September 2017.

Hours & Admissions

Tuesday – Sunday, opens daily at 12 noon. Always free.

Two dancers in front of a screen.
HIJACK, Making Dances, 2017 (Photo: Gene Pittman, ©Walker Art Center)

Join HIJACK (Kristin Van Loon and Arwen Wilder) in the Bentson Mediatheque  as the duo creates dances in response to a selection of films from the Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection. Specializing in the inappropriate, the dancers play with audience expectations through an unconventional interpretation of the small cinema space.

Schedule a Screening

Email to reserve the Bentson Mediatheque for your group or class.

Major support to preserve, digitize, and present the Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection is generously provided by the Bentson Foundation.