Past Exhibitions



»Machines of Memory: Cameras from the Technology Collection

From May 5, 2005 through March 30, 2014 in the History of Photography Gallery.

Machines of Memory

"All the things the public most wants to see from the technology collection," that’s how Technology Curator Todd Gustavson describes the exhibition in the North Gallery. The display includes a variety of photographic highlights from camera obscuras through digital imaging designed to show the evolution of photography as well as its revolutions.



»The Dutch Connection 2009

From February 6, 2009 through February 21, 2009 in the Palm House.

Inspired by George Eastman’s plant order placed 100 years ago. Featuring more than 2,000 tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, freesias, and amaryllis. Tropical orchids will be on display courtesy of the Genesee Region Orchid Society.



»Not A Cornfield

From May 9, 2009 through July 12, 2009 in the Project Gallery.

A photography and video installation capturing the transformation of a 32-acre brownfield in the historic center of Los Angeles into a cornfield for one agricultural cycle between May 2005 and May 2006. This project — which involved 1,500 truckloads of clean dirt and 1 million corn seeds — was created by artist Lauren Bon to bring forth questions surrounding the nature of urban public spaces and convey redemption and hope.



»New Topographics

From June 13, 2009 through October 4, 2009 in Special Exhibition Galleries.

The exhibition New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-altered Landscape, held in 1975 at George Eastman House, signaled the emergence of a new approach to landscape photography. A new version of this seminal exhibition, organized with the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona, will re-examine more than 100 works from the 1975 show, as well as some 30 prints and books by other relevant artists...



»Nature as Artifice: New Dutch Landscape in Photography and Video Art

From June 13, 2009 through August 16, 2009 in Special Exhibition Galleries.

“Dutch landscape” evokes an immediate mental picture of the idyllic agrarian landscape rooted in the tradition of Dutch landscape painting, but today the Netherlands is known for its planned, manipulated landscape and nature.



»Photographs by Jessica Lange

From July 13, 2009 through September 20, 2009 in the Project Gallery.

George Eastman House will present the first museum exhibition of photographs by Oscar®-winning actress Jessica Lange. The 33 black-and-white images featured depict film locations, family, and the places she has visited on her travels.



»What We’re Collecting Now: The Family Photographed

From September 5, 2009 through July 18, 2010 in Special Exhibition Galleries.

What we're collecting now 2009

This gallery represents the family in forms ranging from 19th-century vernacular to the contemporary art of Nicholas Nixon and Sally Mann. Viewers will be encouraged to understand this work in the context of their own families.



»Where We Live

From October 3, 2009 through February 14, 2010 in the Special Exhibition Galleries.

George Eastman House presents this fall “Where We Live,” a series of exhibitions showcasing Rochester in photographs as the City of Rochester celebrates its 175th anniversary in 2009. Featured will be photographs submitted by the community as well as Rochester through the lens of professional photographers and unique images from the Eastman House collections.



»Sweet Creations Gingerbread Display

From November 11, 2009 through December 16, 2009 at George Eastman House.

Spicy gingerbread fills the house for the Museum’s 14th annual holiday exhibition, featuring more than 65 creative confections made by local amateur and professional bakers. Houses will be available for sale via silent auction, with successful bidders contacted Dec. 16. Organized by the Eastman House Council. Sweet Creations proceeds benefit restoration of the Aeolian pipe organ. Sweet Creations is sponsored by TOPS Markets®, Mapstone Financial Group, and WARM 101.3.



»The Dutch Connection 2010

From February 12, 2010 through February 28, 2010 at George Eastman House.

Featuring more than 2,000 tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, freesias, amaryllis, and alliums. Tropical orchids will be on display courtesy of the Genesee Region Orchid Society and Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park.



»How Do We Look?

From February 15, 2010 through March 14, 2010 in the Project Gallery.

This display offers a view of Rochester from three internationally renowned photographers, who were commissioned to travel to Rochester to photograph its people and places in August and September. Subjects include “Black In Rochester,” multi-generational Kodak families, and Rochester’s music scene. The photographers are Pep Bonet, Kristen Ashburn, and Magnum photographer Eli Reed.



»Roger Ballen: Photographs 1982-2009

From February 27, 2010 through June 6, 2010 in Special Exhibition Galleries.

Roger Ballen

This winter George Eastman House presents an exhibition of photographs by contemporary, and often controversial, artist Roger Ballen. The 74 black-and-white images of this mini-retrospective, titled Roger Ballen: Photographs 1982-2009, will be on display Feb. 27-June 6, 2010. Eastman House will travel the exhibition worldwide following its Rochester run.



»Portrait

From February 27, 2010 through October 17, 2010 in the Special Exhibition Galleries.

portrait

Portrait explores the photographic medium through a variety of seminal images. Including photographic processes from the earliest daguerreotypes to the most recent digital works, this selection from the Museum’s collection will allow the viewer to explore how the medium has evolved and follow the representation of personality, mood, and likeness. 



»Persistent Shadow: Considering the Photographic Negative

From March 20, 2010 through August 2, 2010 in the Project Gallery.

Persistent Shadow

Persistent Shadow considers the photographic negative both as part of a now-historic process and as an aesthetic object in its own right. Drawn exclusively from the unrivalled holdings of George Eastman House, the exhibition is centered on John Loengard’s portfolio of re-photographed historical negatives, as well as rare calotype, collodion and roll film negatives in an abbreviated survey of more than 100 years of photographic history.



»Colorama

From June 19, 2010 through October 17, 2010 at George Eastman House.

colorama

George Eastman House celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Kodak Colorama — more than 500 gigantic panoramic photographs that were on display from the 1950s through the 1990s at New York City's Grand Central Terminal. 



»What We’re Collecting Now: Art/Not Art

From September 1, 2010 through October 24, 2010 at George Eastman House.

For five consecutive years, George Eastman House has showcased its recent collections with the exhibition What We’re Collecting Now. The exhibition of varying themes is organized by the master’s degree students of the Eastman House/Ryerson University program in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management. The latest installment explores the “slipperiness” of photographs as art objects, presenting photographs of various sizes, aesthetics, formats, and processes. Visitors also will see photographs with their original contexts, to demonstrate how presentation and context alter the meaning of photographs and affect perception of them. Featured photographers are Elijah Gowin, Martin Parr, E.J. Bellocq, Binh Danh, Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison, Alex Webb, Ron Haviv, David Seymour (Chim), Simon Roberts, and Joel-Peter Witkin.



»Taking Aim: Unforgettable Rock ’n’ Roll Photographs Selected by Graham Nash

From October 30, 2010 through January 30, 2011 at George Eastman House.

Chosen by legendary musician Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills & Nash, this dynamic exhibition showcases some of the most memorable photography in the history of popular music — nearly 100 images by the world’s greatest music photographers, including Anton Corbijn, Lynn Goldsmith, Annie Leibovitz, Jim Marshall, Neal Preston, Mick Rock, Francesco Scavullo, and Nash himself.

Taking Aim: Unforgettable Rock ‘n’ Roll Photographs Selected by Graham Nash was organized by Experience Music Project, Seattle, WA.



»All Shook Up:
Hollywood and the Evolution of Rock ’n’ Roll

From October 30, 2010 through January 16, 2011 in the Project Gallery.

This companion exhibition to Taking Aim features selections from the Eastman House motion picture collection in a multimedia setting, including concert footage and performance audio. 



»You Ain't Heard Nothin' Yet: Early Film and the Coming of Sound

From November 2, 2010 through May 1, 2011 in Special Exhibition Galleries.

You Ain’t Heard Nothin’ Yet is an aptly named, compact exhibition devoted to that historic technological revolution — the talking picture. 



»Sweet Creations: Gingerbread House Display

From November 10, 2010 through December 15, 2010 at George Eastman House.

A popular holiday tradition! George Eastman House in Rochester, N.Y., invites young and old to enjoy a feast for the eyes and nose — a display of 70 cleverly designed gingerbread houses, on view throughout the historic house. The Sweet Creations: Gingerbread House Display exhibit features clever confections from professional bakers, families, and community groups. In addition, the National Historic Landmark house is elaborately decorated for the holidays.



»Larry Merrill: Looking at Trees

From January 22, 2011 through June 12, 2011 in the Project Gallery.

The newest body of work by Rochester photographer Larry Merrill is a great reminder that spring is just around the corner. A selection of his large-scale digital prints will be shown in the Museum's Entrance Gallery.



»The Dutch Connection 2011

From February 11, 2011 through February 26, 2011 at George Eastman House.

George Eastman's Conservatory in Winter Bloom! Featuring more than 2,000 tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, freesias, amaryllis, and azaleas. Tropical orchids will be on display courtesy of the Genesee Region Orchid Society.



»Between the States: Photographs of the American Civil War

From February 12, 2011 through June 12, 2011 in Special Exhibition Galleries.

As we approach the 2011 sesquicentennial of Mr. Lincoln’s War, Between the States: Photographs of the American Civil War presents a selection of historical photographs of Civil War sites and circumstances by photographers including George Barnard, Mathew Brady, and Alexander Gardner. The exhibition emphasizes rare items in the George Eastman House collection and explores how photography was used during this period to record the war, promote popular causes, and commemorate those who sacrificed their lives.



»Still Here: Contemporary Artists and the Civil War

From February 12, 2011 through June 12, 2011 in the Special Exhibition Galleries.

 Features contemporary photographs selected by Dr. Alison Nordström, Eastman House curator of photographs, dealing with the legacy of the Civil War. Still Here: Contemporary Artists and the Civil War traces the history of the Civil War to the present, presenting re-enactments and Civil War sites in ways that were not possible in the 1860s. Featured is recent work by three artists: Oscar Palacio (“History Re-visited"); William Earle Williams (“Unsung Heroes: African American Soldiers in the Civil War”); and Willie Anne Wright (“Civil War Redux”).




»Reel Histories: The Civil War in Motion Pictures

From February 12, 2011 through June 12, 2011 in the Potter Peristyle.

George Eastman House’s motion picture collection will be showcased during the run of the Civil War exhibitions. Scenes from films focused on the Civil War will be featured, including early silent examples and screen tests for Gone With the Wind recently restored by Eastman House. Also displayed will be numerous film stills and posters, from Birth of a Nation (1915) to Gods and Generals (2003).



»Americana: Hollywood and the American Way of Life

From May 10, 2011 through September 18, 2011 in Special Exhibition Galleries.

AmericanaThe Americana of Hollywood as depicted in motion picture publicity stills -- though often viewed through rose -colored glasses -- evoke Norman Rockwell’s illustrations of America to such an extent that they might appear as photographs from an old family album. Americana: Hollywood And The American Way Of Life features 150 images from the vast collection of publicity stills conserved at George Eastman House, from films such as On the Town, It’s a Wonderful Life, Father’s Little Dividend, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, and Junior Miss.



»Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera

From June 25, 2011 through September 18, 2011 in Special Exhibition Galleries.

rockwell

Experience the iconic paintings and illustrations of artist Norman Rockwell alongside the meticulously staged photographs on which he based his work. Beginning in the late 1930s, Rockwell adopted photography as a tool to bring his illustration ideas to life in studio sessions. He served as the director and carefully orchestrated the photographs, hand-selecting the props, locations, and models.

Related links to press stories and interviews:

http://www.rochestercitynewspaper.com/entertainment/art/2011/07/ART-REVIEW-Norman-Rockwell-Behind-the-Camera/

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/article/20110710/LIVING/107100301/Eastman-

http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wxxi/local-wxxi-976397.mp3

http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wxxi/news.newsmain?action=article&ARTICLE_ID=1828324

http://www.nrm.org/author/jclowe/

 



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»The Unseen Eye: Photographs from the W.M. Hunt Collection

From October 1, 2011 through February 19, 2012 in Special Exhibition Galleries.

unseen eye

All eyes will be on George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film this fall as it presents one its largest exhibitions in its history -- The Unseen Eye: Photographs from the W.M. Hunt Collection. More than 500 photographs by the masters of the medium will be on view Oct. 1, 2011 through Feb. 19, 2012. The Eastman House is dedicating all of its primary gallery space to this exhibition.



»Transitions Rochester

From October 6, 2011 through November 6, 2011 in the Project Gallery.

For the past several years a consortium of international artists, curators, and administrators has organized to consider Rochester, N.Y., as a rapidly changing city and the resulting project is "Transitions Rochester," to be exhibited in part at Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, and George Eastman House.



»The Dutch Connection 2012

From February 10, 2012 through February 25, 2012 at George Eastman House.

George Eastman's Conservatory in Winter Bloom! Featuring more than 2,000 tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, freesias, amaryllis, and azaleas. 



»See: Untold Stories

From March 10, 2012 through September 23, 2012 in Special Exhibition Galleries.

Marilyn at the drive-in

George Eastman House turns to its own unparalleled collections for a survey of photography from the earliest efforts in the 19th century to the most recent techniques and aesthetics. See: Untold Stories, on view March 10 through Sept. 16, 2012, is the first of several exhibitions showcasing the collections, in an effort to share a wide variety of the little known and rarely seen.

The collection material will be presented in the way the artists intended it to be seen, in groups, sets and portfolios. Among the material shown will be a selection of prints from Ansel Adams’s first portfolios (1948-1963); proof prints by Edward Steichen; images of Marilyn Monroe by Philippe Halsman; a selection of daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, and tintypes donated to the museum by distinguished collector Donald Weber; the original 1876-1877 woodburytypes of John Thomson’s Street Life in London; dye-transfer prints by Harold Edgerton; “Roll, Jordon, Roll” by Doris Ulman made in the Sea Islands of Georgia in the early 1930s; Garry Winogrand’s “Women are Beautiful” series; Neil Winokur’s “A to Z” portfolio; and commercial work by Joel-Peter Witkin. 



»Ballyhoo: The Art of Selling the Movies

From March 10, 2012 through January 27, 2013 in Special Exhibition Galleries.

Ballyhoo: The Art of Selling the Movies, part of the See: Untold Stories exhibition, highlights the innovative lobby displays, outdoor advertising, and merchant tie-ins that were a hallmark of film exhibition during the era of the corporate studio system, which was at its peak between 1925 and 1950. The images are drawn primarily from the publicity stills and photographs collected by Ray Rueby, Sr., and the studio publicity departments of Warner Bros. and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. During the 25 years that are the focus of this exhibition, studios devised bigger, brassier, and glitzier productions to entice patrons facing the Great Depression and a world war.  The publicity efforts that accompanied the films are, in this exhibition, the star of the show.



»Ideal Forms: Photographs by Frederick H. Evans

From April 7, 2012 through June 24, 2012 in the Project Gallery.

Frederick H. Evans (British, 1853 – 1943) is best known for his exquisite photographs of mediaeval cathedrals, yet his photographic output included many different subjects. Ideal Forms highlights some of his lesser known photographs and emphasizes the diversity of his work. His choices of photographic subjects reflect these wide-ranging interests and also demonstrate his skill as a photographer. No other photographer has captured ecclesiastical spaces with such emotion or enabled the platinum print to render their stones edifice so perfectly. The exhibition also features Evans's portraiture and early photo-micrographic images of plant and sea life, which will be displayed in the gallery on iPads.



»Ideas in Things

From June 30, 2012 through October 21, 2012 in the Project Gallery.

This exhibition, which debuted in fall 2011 at FOAM: Photo Museum of Amsterdam, draws from the Eastman House collection to demonstrate photography as object and the photography's persistence as a cultural artifact and vehicle for memory and meaning. Featured works are by Julia Margaret Cameron, Frederick H. Evans, Lucas Samaras, and Edward Steichen.



»Lost Birds: Sculptures by Todd McGrain

From July 3, 2012 through September 30, 2012 at George Eastman House.

George Eastman House is hosting in its gardens an edition of five bronze memorial sculptures by artist Todd McGrain, which are the result of his efforts to memorialize five extinct birds. McGrain’s Lost Bird Project focuses on five North American Birds driven to extinction in modern times: the Carolina Parakeet, the Heath Hen, the Great Auk, the Labrador Duck, and the Passenger Pigeon. Each species is represented in a sculpture as high as 6-feet tall that weighs between 400 and 700 lbs. A documentary film about the project will screen at the Dryden Theatre July 28 and 29, with the creative team in attendance.



»60 from the 60s

From October 6, 2012 through January 27, 2013 in Special Exhibition Galleries.

60 from the 60s features 60 prints from the 1960s by 10 of the most significant photographers from that eventful decade, offering a dynamic look at photography of the era. Many of photographers were just beginning to create a name for themselves in the 1960s, and some were established artists then in the midst of successful careers. The featured artists are Harry Callahan, Benedict J. Fernandez, Hollis Frampton, Betty Hahn, Robert Heinecken, Mary Ellen Mark, Roger Mertin, Arnold Newman, Aaron Siskind, and Garry Winogrand.



»Camera Obscura: Room With a View

From December 22, 2012 through April 28, 2013 in the Project Gallery.

A large camera obscura has been installed at George Eastman House in the Entrance Gallery. 



»Dutch Connection 2013

From February 8, 2013 through February 24, 2013 at George Eastman House.

George Eastman's Conservatory in Winter Bloom! Thousands of hyacinths, daffodils, freesias, amaryllis, and azaleas. 



»Silver and Water

From February 9, 2013 through May 26, 2013 at George Eastman House.

The George Eastman House installation by Los Angeles artist Lauren Bon links the mountains of Southern California and the historic photographic industry of Rochester, N.Y., through an exploration of their shared connections to two basic elements.



»The Gender Show

From June 15, 2013 through October 13, 2013 at George Eastman House.

The Gender Show explores ways gender has been presented in photographs, ranging from archetypal to non-traditional to subversive representations, with a special emphasis on the performances that photography can encourage or capture.

The exhibition will feature more than 130 photographs from the George Eastman House collection, spanning the 19th century to the present, by a wide range of artists including Julia Margaret Cameron, Edward Steichen, Nickolas Muray, Richard Avedon, Robert Frank, Andy Warhol, Barbara Norfleet, Mary Ellen Mark, Cindy Sherman, and Chuck Samuels. 


ANTHONY HITTING ON GISELLE, VIVIEN WAITING, 
LORIMER STREET, WILLIAMSBURG, BROOKLYN
Vincent Cianni
ca. 1996 Gelatin silver print © George Eastman House collection

 

 

 

 

Works from our collection will be supplemented with a set of photographs and videos by several contemporary artists, including Janine Antoni, Kalup Linzy, Martha Rosler, and Gillian Wearing.



»My Pie Town

From June 15, 2013 through October 13, 2013 in Special Exhibition Galleries.

Jessie Evans-Whinery, homesteader, with her wife Edith Evans-Whinery and their baby 2010

On display as part of The Gender Show, Debbie Grossman’s photographic series My Pie Town a parallen world: a town populated exclusively by women and girls.



»The History of Space Photography

From October 26, 2013 through January 12, 2014 at George Eastman House.

Nebula

The History of Space Photography showcases a variety of astronomical photographs that have been created since the development of the photography in the early 19th century, and will feature a number of the most important scientific photographs ever created.



»Astro-Visions

From October 26, 2013 through January 12, 2014 in Special Exhibition Galleries.

Floating

Astro-Visions features nineteenth-century illustrations, twentieth-century film stills, and contemporary photographs to demonstrate how scientists, filmmakers, and artists have expressed their visions of outer space.



»Bigger Than Life: CinemaScope at 60

From November 2, 2013 through January 12, 2014 in Special Exhibition Galleries.

CinemaScope

A celebration of the sixtieth anniversary of Twentieth Century-Fox’s groundbreaking CinemaScope process, the widescreen technology that radically changed the popular film-viewing experience from the 1950s onward. Explore the history, technology, and promotion of CinemaScope through a range of original artifacts and interactive activities.



»Sweet Creations Gingerbread House Display

From November 13, 2013 through December 17, 2013 at George Eastman House.

This popular holiday tradition returns for its 18th season. This presentation of dozens of cleverly designed and decorated gingerbread creations will be on view throughout the museum. 



»Lossless

From November 14, 2013 through February 23, 2014 in the Project Gallery.

Lossless

Rebecca Baron and Douglas Goodwin's contemporary art installation explores the transformation and distortion of images—and ultimately the creation of new ones—within the digital realm. The work consists of mpeg4 files derived from 16mm and 35mm films, including Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid's Meshes of the Afternoon (1943), John Ford's The Searchers (1956), and Victor Fleming's The Wizard of Oz (1939).



»Dutch Connection 2014

From February 14, 2014 through March 2, 2014 at George Eastman House.

George Eastman's conservatory in winter bloom! Thousands of hyacinths, daffodils, freesias, amaryllis, and azaleas. 



»Another America: A Testimonial to the Amish by Robert Weingarten

From February 22, 2014 through May 25, 2014 in Special Exhibition Galleries.

Between 2001 and 2004, Robert Weingarten photographed Amish communities in Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. The sparse, black-and-white photographs provide a glimpse of a seldom-seen culture in the United States.



»A World Apart: Photographs of Hasidic Communities in Israel by Pavel Wolberg

From February 22, 2014 through May 25, 2014 in the Special Exhibition Galleries.

Presented by the Rubens Family Foundation

Drawing on his background as a photojournalist, Pavel Wolberg creates images of contemporary Israeli communities, remaining an outsider but offering intimate views of rituals, celebrations, and everyday life.



»XL Portfolio: A Benefit Portfolio Celebrating Large-Format Photography

From February 22, 2014 through May 25, 2014 in Special Exhibition Galleries.

A portfolio of images by ten contemporary artists working in large-format photography.



»Of Time and Buildings

From March 8, 2014 through June 8, 2014 in the Project Gallery.

Of Time and Buildings presents the work of several artists who explore the relationship between photographic images of the built environment and our experience of place. 



»Lewis Hine

From June 14, 2014 through September 7, 2014 at George Eastman House.

The major retrospective of this celebrated documentary photographer, reformer, and educator returns to Rochester from its international tour. The exhibition, drawn from the collection of George Eastman House, features more than 150 original prints dating from 1905 to 1937 as well as period publications, posters, and ephemera.



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