The Museum of Modern Art announced this afternoon that Laurence Kardish, senior curator in the Department of Film, will step down after 44 years at the museum. First appointed a curatorial assistant in 1968, Kardish has been senior curator since 1999.

Kardish distinguished himself at MoMA by organizing exhibitions of cinema from almost every region and genre, from international locales as far-flung as Senegal and South Korea and eras as dissimilar as Weimer Germany and modern India. In addition to his curatorial responsibilities, Kardish wrote extensively about film and developed MoMA's Modern Mondays, a weekly series of experimental and avant-garde films. He coordinated the museum-wide Projects series of exhibitions organized by MoMA's junior curatorial staff, which featuree emerging and experimental artists.

Kardish most recently organized "Gaumont Thrillers: From Fantomas to A Gang Story, 1912-2011," which opens next month. MoMA has not yet named his replacement.