‘If films could smell’ – MoMA hosts mid-career retrospective by NJCU professor

By Roberto Miranda  –

Roddy Bogawa, film production professor at New Jersey City University since 1993, was recently featured at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA) from September 18 – 23 in a mid-career retrospective called “If Films Could Smell.”

The screenings of his work looked back at the first 25 years of Bogawa’s career, which included various films styles such as narratives, fictional scripts, and short films.

His productions date back to 1987. Photos here include one of Storm Thorgerson, the English graphic designer who contributed art for leading rock artists, including Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, Dream Theater and The Mars Volta; Bogawa featured Thorgerson in his 2012 film, “Taken by the Storm: The Art of Storm Thorgerson and Hipgnosis.”

“I’ve screened there [at MoMA] about four to five times; they own a few of my films,” said Bogawa. “They have these special screenings called CineProbes and Modern Mondays. So, this is kind of a big deal, to have a whole, weeklong program. It was interesting to see all of my work together.”