»George Eastman House receives Hidden Collections grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources
Rochester, N.Y., February 13, 2014—George Eastman House is pleased to announce that it has received a grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) through the Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives program. The grant award of $155,900 will be used to hire two project archivists to process and create finding aids for the manuscript collections of four filmmakers.
»Photography exhibitions by Robert Weingarten and Pavel Wolberg to open at George Eastman House on February 22
Rochester, N.Y., February 11, 2014—George Eastman House will open two exhibitions on February 22 that will be on view through May 25, 2014: Another America: A Testimonial to the Amish by Robert Weingarten and A World Apart: Photographs of Hasidic Communities in Israel by Pavel Wolberg. Another America is the culmination of four years, from 2000 to 2004, Robert Weingarten spent photographing Amish communities in Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. On view at the same time, A World Apart is a selection of eighteen contemporary photographs by Pavel Wolberg.
Rochester, N.Y., February 4, 2014—George Eastman House presents virtual springtime, with the 20th-annual exhibition Dutch Connection, on view Friday, Feb. 14 through Saturday, March 2. This colorful, interpretive exhibition will feature thousands of flowering bulbs, re-creating Eastman's 1914 display of flowers from Holland—ordered from the same Dutch company Eastman used.
»George Eastman House receives Museums for America grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services
Rochester, N.Y., Janaury 31, 2014—George Eastman House has received a grant for its Expanding the Teaching Museum: Photographic Process Videos project in the amount of $25,800 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Museums for America Program. George Eastman House is one of 186 museums across the nation to be awarded the IMLS grant out of 707 that applied for funding.
»Eastman Young Professionals Circle to host networking breakfast with City of Rochester Councilmember Elaine Spaull
Rochester, N.Y., January 17, 2014—The Eastman Young Professionals (EYP) Circle will host its first networking breakfast of 2014 with City of Rochester Councilmember
, Dr. Elaine Spaull. This free event will be held on January 31, 2014, at the George Eastman House Café and is open to all Rochester area young professionals.
Rochester, N.Y., January 17, 2014—George Eastman House has announced the promotion of two staff members. Rheytchul Kimmel has been promoted to chief object preparator and preservation framer in the object preparation area of the Kay R. Whitmore Conservation Center. Nick Marshall has been promoted to manager of exhibitions and programs in the communications and engagement department.
Rochester, N.Y., January 2, 2014—George Eastman House has hired William Green as a curatorial assistant and Ross Knapper as an assistant archivist in the Department of Photography. Rachel Pikus has been hired as manager of online engagement in the communications and engagement department.
»George Eastman House announces special
Wish You Were Here lecture on January 9 with
NASA astronaut Donald Pettit
Rochester, N.Y., December 31, 2013—George Eastman House has announced that it will be extending its Wish You Were Here lecture series into the new year with chemical engineer, NASA astronaut, and photographer Donald Pettit, PhD. Pettit will present his lecture, An Astronaut’s Guide to Photography in Space, on Thursday, January 9, 2014, at 6 p.m. in the Dryden Theatre.
Rochester, N.Y., December 9, 2013—George Eastman House announced today that beginning in January 2014, the museum will waive admission fees for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) cardholders and their families. Formerly known as Food Stamps, SNAP is a state-administered federal nutrition assistance program. To help George Eastman House launch this new program in the philanthropic spirit of George Eastman, donations can be made through ROC the Day on December 11, 2013, at roctheday.org/EastmanHouse or any time at eastmanhouse.org.
»The University of Rochester and George Eastman House Announce Joint Master’s Degree Program in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management
Rochester, N.Y., December 4, 2013—The University of Rochester and George Eastman House will jointly offer a new master’s degree in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management (PPCM) beginning in the fall of 2014. The program will be the only one in the United States dedicated to the study of the photograph as an object (the care and handling of photographs) as well as the related academic study of images (theoretical and historical context). Enrollment begins this month, with the first students beginning their courses in fall 2014.
»George Eastman House announces Dr. Lisa Hostetler as Curator-in-Charge of its Department of Photography
Rochester, N.Y., November 8, 2013—George Eastman House announced today the appointment of Lisa Hostetler, PhD, as Curator-in-Charge of its Department of Photography. She will assume this role prior to year-end.
Hostetler brings almost 20 years of academic and museum experience to her new position with George Eastman House. She is currently the McEvoy Family Curator for Photography at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.
»George Eastman House kicks off holiday season with
Sweet Creations gingerbread house display
on November 13
Rochester, N.Y., November 5, 2013—Join us at George Eastman House, your home for the holidays, for the 18th annual Sweet Creations gingerbread house display, a roster of holiday films, Holiday Homecoming celebration with Santa, and tabletop tree and wreath displays. The historic house will be elaborately decorated.
Rochester, N.Y., October 24, 2013— Too Much Johnson (1938), the rediscovered Mercury Theatre film directed by Orson Welles, received rave reviews at both its world premiere at the Le Giornate del Cinema Muto in Pordenone, Italy, and its North American premiere at the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY. A New York City premiere has been scheduled for November 25, 2013, after the enthusiastic response to the first screenings.
»Tickets on sale for George Eastman Award ceremony in honor of Roger Corman, godfather of independent film
ROCHESTER, N.Y., October 23, 2013—George Eastman House will honor Academy Award® winner Roger Corman with the 68th George Eastman Award, the museum’s highest honor in motion pictures, on Saturday, November 2. The award ceremony, to be held in the Dryden Theatre, will be followed by a Q&A moderated by Eastman House film programmer Lori Donnelly.
ROCHESTER, N.Y., October 23, 2013—George Eastman House will open two exhibitions on October 26 that will be on view through January 12, 2014: The History of Space Photography and Astro-Visions. The History of Space Photography showcases a variety of astronomical photographs that have been created since the development of photography in the early 19th century, and will feature a number of the most important scientific photographs ever created. To complement The History of Space Photography, Eastman House has organized Astro-Visions, which draws from its rich collections to explore how scientists, photographers, and filmmakers have incorporated images of outer space into their work.
»George Eastman House to host U.S. premiere of rediscovered film directed by Orson Welles on October 16 in Rochester, N.Y.
Rochester, N.Y., September 6, 2013—George Eastman House, located in Rochester, NY, will host the exclusive U.S. premiere of the newly discovered Too Much Johnson (1938), a Mercury Theatre film directed by Orson Welles, on Wednesday, October 16, 2013.
Rochester, N.Y., August 19, 2013 – George Eastman’s house is once again home to the world’s largest residential pipe organ. A team of volunteers alongside Parsons Pipe Organ Builders—the same family and company that serviced Eastman’s pipe organ decades ago—completed the reinstallation of the north organ in July with the support of Dr. Richard Zipf. The interesting tale of how the new organ made its way to Rochester will conclude with the first public concerts the weekend of September 21 and 22.
Announcing the recovery of Mercury Theatre’s long-lost Too Much Johnson, directed by Orson Welles in 1938. The silent film was found in a warehouse by the staff of Cinemazero, an art house in Pordenone, Italy.
Rochester, N.Y., July 15, 2013—George Eastman House has hired Daniela Currò as preservation officer in its motion picture department; and Kellie Fraver as public relations manager and Molly Tarbell as copy editor and publications coordinator, both in the museum’s communications and engagement department.
ROCHESTER, N.Y., June 27, 2013—George Eastman House will honor Academy Award®-winner Roger Corman with the George Eastman Award, the museum’s highest honor in motion pictures, on Saturday, November 2. The award recognizes Corman’s distinguished contribution to the art of film. In accepting the honor, Corman joins the company of such film legends as Charles Chaplin, Cecil B. DeMille, Gary Cooper, Gregory Peck, Jimmy Stewart, Audrey Hepburn, Kim Novak, Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, and Richard Gere. The George Eastman Award was established in 1955 as the first retrospective film award to honor artistic work of enduring value.
»George Eastman House Photo Finish 5K hits the streets Oct. 5 — this single fundraiser has raised over $500,000 for more than 60 Rochester causes
ROCHESTER, N.Y. —Using social media to fundraise across generations—in the spirit of George Eastman’s philanthropic legacy—the George Eastman House Photo Finish 5K returns for its third year Saturday, Oct. 5, to raise funds for Rochester non-profit causes. This “philanthropy challenge” is a new way of fundraising, allowing dozens of organizations to raise funds via a single event, and Rochester has embraced it. Over the past two years, nearly 2,000 runners and walkers participated in the race, raising over half a million dollars for more than 60 non-profit organizations in and around the Rochester community.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — George Eastman House’s exhibition The Gender Show will explore how photographs, from the mid-19th century to today, have portrayed gender — from archetypal to non-traditional to subversive representations — with a special emphasis on the performances that the act of photographing or being photographed can encourage or capture. The Gender Show, presenting over 200 works, draws primarily from the Eastman House collection, which spans more than 170 years, and also features contemporary art photographs and videos on loan from artists and private collectors. The exhibition will be on view from June 15 through October 13, 2013.
ROCHESTER, N.Y.—The Garden Vibes summer concert series at George Eastman House is celebrating its 20th year by shaking things up. The outdoor concerts are now being held on Wednesday evenings, once a month from June through August. Picnic on the Eastman House lawn, relax with friends, and enjoy family-fun activities, while at the same time basking in George Eastman’s historic Townson Terrace Garden and surrounding grounds. Concerts are 6 to 8 p.m.
»George Eastman House is first photography museum to join Google Art Project, pairing zoom-in technology with high-res images
George Eastman House announced today it is adding high-resolution photographs to the Google Art Project, offering yet another platform to share its unparalleled collections. Eastman House, the world’s oldest museum of photography, is the first museum of photography to be selected for inclusion in the Google Art Project. The resolution of the images combined with a custom-built zoom viewer allows users the ability to discover details never before seen. In addition Eastman House has included all available cataloging data, allowing viewers access to information not previously available online.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House International Museum of Photography & Film welcomes Oscar®-nominated filmmaker and George Eastman Honorary Scholar James Ivory (Room with a View, Remains of the Day, Howard’s End) on Saturday, April 6, as part of the ongoing celebrating of the reopening of the renovated Dryden Theatre. At 8 p.m. he will introduce his 1995 film Jefferson in Paris and engage in a Q&A with the audience following the screening. Tickets are $12 general admission and $10 for students and are on sale now.
The Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House reopened Saturday, March 2, after a two-month closure that allowed for extensive renovations and enhancements to the auditorium and projection booth. The guest artist on opening night was Oscar®-winning director and writer Alexander Payne, and next on the roster is Oscar®-nominated filmmaker James Ivory on April 6.
George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film announced today that Dr. Alison Nordström, Senior Curator of Photographs, will assume the new position of Curator-at-Large, effective July 1, 2013. The museum has begun an international search for her replacement as head of the Department of Photographs.
The Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House will reopen Saturday, March 2, after a two-month closure to allow for extensive renovations and enhancements to the auditorium and projection booth. Guest artist on opening night will be Oscar®-winning director and writer Alexander Payne, who will present his highly acclaimed 2004 feature Sideways. Tickets go on sale Saturday, Feb. 2.
The Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House will be going dark on Jan. 2, 2013 for two months to allow for extensive renovations and enhancements to the auditorium and projection booth, including new seats, new carpeting, new lighting, more legroom, and digital projection. The theater — one of the world’s leading and oldest archival venues — will reopen March 2.
The Dryden Theatre presents a series of five films by Oscar® winner Hayao Miyazaki, who is not only one of the most respected animation directors in Japan but also a critically acclaimed leader of animation filmmaking worldwide.
George Eastman House is your home for the holidays, with the 17th annual Sweet Creations Gingerbread House Display, a roster of holiday films, the historic house elaborately decorated, Holiday Homecoming, and a new Festival of Trees. And … children are free!
Sweet Creations: Gingerbread House Display
George Eastman House invites young and old to enjoy a feast for the eyes and nose — a display of more than 70 cleverly designed and decorated gingerbread houses. The Eastman House’s annual gingerbread house exhibition, Sweet Creations, will be the largest display to date, on view Wednesday, Nov. 7 through Wednesday, Dec. 12. This exhibition has become a favorite holiday tradition for families.
PLEASE NOTE: The benefit gala planned for Monday, Oct. 29 has been postponed due to weather. A new date will be announced soon.
George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film returns to New York City this fall for its inaugural benefit gala. The event, “Celebrating Light and Motion,” will take place Monday, Oct. 29 at Three Sixty° in Tribeca. Highlights of the event include awards for emerging and established artists in photography and motion pictures. The honorary chairs of the gala are Tina Barney, Ken Burns, Philip Kaufman, and Martin Scorsese, who all have collections preserved in the vaults at Eastman House.
You are invited to celebrate home movies in Rochester on Saturday, Oct. 20, as part of the 10th annual International Home Movie Day, which takes place simultaneously in cities around the globe. The Rochester celebration will be Noon to 4 p.m. at University of Rochester River Campus in collaboration with George Eastman House and the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation. The event, which is free and open to the public, is a worldwide celebration of home movies and amateur films that provides the opportunity for communities to see and share home movies, and learn how best to store and properly care for them. Staff and students also will share information as to how and where to have your films and tapes transferred, so you can watch obsolete formats, once again, at home.
George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film announced today the appointment of Dr. Bruce Barnes as the Ron and Donna Fielding Director. Barnes will assume his role as eighth director of the museum—the world’s oldest museum of photography and one of the largest motion-picture archives—in October 2012.
»George Eastman House Photo Finish 5K hits the streets Oct. 6 — a single fundraiser benefitting more than 50 Rochester causes
In the spirit of George Eastman’s philanthropic legacy, the George Eastman House Photo Finish 5K presented by MVP Health Care returns to the streets for its second year on Saturday, Oct. 6, to raise funds for more than 50 non-profit causes. This “philanthropy challenge” is a new way of fundraising, allowing dozens of organizations to raise funds via a single event, and Rochester has embraced it. Last year, more than 1,000 runners and walkers registered, ranging in age from 4 to 82, raising more than $300,000.
»60 from the 60s showcases influential photographs from an influential decade that saw many new photography styles
Ten of the most significant photographers of a dynamic era are featured in an exhibition at George Eastman House that examines a time defined by classical modernism and by experimentation, conflict, and social revolution. 60 from the 60s, on display Oct. 6 through Jan. 27, 2013, features works exclusively from the Eastman House collections that were produced in a decade that saw many new photography styles emerge — collage, street photography, and photojournalism.
George Eastman House’s “Wish You Were Here” travel photography lecture series is back this fall, featuring renowned photographers sharing images and stories. The featured four artists will share with us locations of North American birds, Cuban rural life, an Australian amusement park, and America’s last traveling side show
The Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House pays tribute to singer/actor “ole blue eyes,” Frank Sinatra, in a four-film series screening in September. The selection of films highlights some of Sinatra’s greatest dramatic performances
The Artist’s massive commercial success may have brought silent film into prominence again, but at Eastman House, it has always been one of the cornerstones of Dryden Theatre programs. Experience the original art this fall, September to December, as the Dryden Theatre presents a series of silents in collaboration with the University of Rochester, titled “Silent Tuesdays.” Featured will be the expressive talents of stars like Gloria Swanson, Douglas Fairbanks, and John Gilbert and the artistic mastery of directors such as Cecil B. DeMille, D. W. Griffith, and King Vidor.
Kodak Coloramas – the gigantic, panoramic advertising images that depicted “idealized” American life from 1950 to 1990 – dominated Grand Central Terminal for four decades. Promoted as “the world’s largest photographs,” the 18-foot high, 60-foot wide backlit transparencies towered over the Terminal’s main concourse in the space now occupied by the Apple Store. For the first time since the Kodak campaign ended in 1990, Coloramas return to Grand Central – albeit in more-manageable sizes – for a special exhibit at the New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex July 28 – Nov. 1, 2012.
»George Eastman House Photo Finish 5K hits the streets Oct. 6 — a single fundraiser benefitting more than 50 Rochester causes
Using social media to fundraise across generations — in the spirit of George Eastman’s philanthropic legacy — the George Eastman House Photo Finish 5K presented by MVP Health Care returns to the streets for its second year Saturday, Oct. 6, to raise funds for numerous non-profit causes. This “philanthropy challenge” allows dozens of organizations to raise funds via a single event, and Rochester has embraced it. Last year, more than 1,000 runners and walkers participated, ranging in age from 4 to 82, and raised close to $300,000 for more than 50 organizations and causes.
»Eastman House collects portraits of “The Hands That Make Rochester,” created by world-renowned photographer Gary Schneider
George Eastman House is collecting portraits of “The Hands That Make Rochester,” created by internationally renowned photographer Gary Schneider. This fundraising project for the museum is focused on capturing 25 images of the hands of people shaping today’s Rochester. Participants to date include Mark Cuddy, Dave Fiedler, Jody Gage, Dan Meyers, Jeff Tyzik, and Abby Wambach, the Olympic Gold medalist and celebrated soccer player.
The movies are literally comin’ right at ya this summer, as the Dryden Theatre installs its silver screen for five days’ worth of 3-D classics from Golden Age, all on film. The series includes the first-ever 3-D release from a major studio (Man in the Dark), a dose of Hitchcock (Dial M for Murder), and a visit from the founder of the 3-D Film Archive (presenting a series of shorts plus Robot Monsters).
George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film presents this summer a gallery of photographs that demonstrate their persistence as cultural artifacts and a vehicle for memory and meaning. Ideas in Things will be on view June 30 through Oct. 21, 2012. Following its debut in Europe, these photographs return home to Eastman House, including works by Julia Margaret Cameron, Frederick H. Evans, Lucas Samaras, and Clarissa T. Sligh, and Edward Steichen.
George Eastman House will host in its gardens this summer an edition of five bronze memorial sculptures by artist Todd McGrain July 3-Sept, 2012, and screen on July 28 and 29 the regional premiere of the documentary film about 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.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — George Eastman House is offering sign-language museum tours, focused on George Eastman and his historic home, to serve visitors who are deaf and hard-of-hearing, including visitors from Rochester — which has one the largest deaf populations in the country. Volunteer docent Robert Menchel is conducting these tours on select Saturday mornings.
The 45-minute tour is signed and spoken by Menchel, a retired professor from the National Technical Institute for the Deaf who has been an Eastman House member and volunteer docent for many years. The sign-language tour offers the same information covered during the museum’s daily guided tours.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The Garden Vibes summer concert series at George Eastman House is celebrating its 19th year, rocking out with live music on four Thursdays in July and August. Picnic on the Eastman House lawn, relax with friends, and enjoy family-fun activities, while at the same time basking in George Eastman’s historic Townson Terrace garden and surrounding grounds. Concerts are 6 to 8 p.m.
George Eastman House’s “Wish You Were Here” photography lecture series returns this May and June, featuring renowned photographers sharing images and stories that invite you to explore new destinations or revisit favorite ones.
6 p.m. Thursday, May 17
Candace Gaudiani: “Between Destinations: A Photographer’s Journey”
6 p.m. Thursday, June 7
David Taylor: “Frontier/Frontera: Border as Place”
6 p.m. Thursday, June 14
Stephen Johnson: “With a New Eye: Photography Forever Changed”
6 p.m. Thursday, June 21
Weston Naef: “Carleton Watkins Places”
»George Eastman House launches certificate program in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management
George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film announces the launch of a one-year certificate program in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management, an intensive eight-month, graduate-level immersion program for professionals, students, and independent scholars. This comprehensive combination of practical and classroom experience will be based in the unparalleled collections of Eastman House, the world’s oldest museum of photography. The program begins in September 2012.
After 16 years at the helm running George Eastman House, Dr. Anthony Bannon, the Ron and Donna Fielding Director, is retiring from the museum. In his honor, a gala event is planned for Saturday, May 12. “An Evening in Technicolor®: A Tribute Gala for Tony Bannon” will feature dancing, live music, food, cocktails, a silent auction, a tribute ceremony, fireworks, and surprises throughout.
Dabney Coleman, veteran actor of television and movies, will appear in person at the Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House at 8 p.m. Friday, May 25, to present what is perhaps his best-known movie, Nine to Five. Coleman will introduce the film and engage in an audience Q&A after the screening.
Ten renowned photographers from Magnum Photos are visiting Rochester from April 14 through 29 for a comprehensive photographic survey of the city and its people. The participating artists in the “House of Pictures” project are Bruce Gilden, Jim Goldberg, Susan Meiselas, Martin Parr, Paolo Pellegrin, Alessandra Sanguinetti, Alec Soth, Larry Towell, Alex Webb, and Donovan Wylie. They will explore multiple facets of Rochester covering subjects from gangs to gardens, youth and weddings to aging strippers, as well as George Eastman House. At 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, the Magnum photographers will participate in a panel discussion at the conclusion of the project, at the Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House. The talk will be moderated by Dr. Alison Nordström, Eastman House senior curator of photographs, and followed by a booksigning with all artists. This event is included with museum admission.
Experience rarely seen and lesser-known photographs by the masters at George Eastman House with the exhibition See: Untold Stories, on view now through Sept. 16, 2012. In response to visitors who have long asked to see more of the museum’s unparalleled collection – and as with most museums, the galleries can only showcase the tip of the iceberg – Eastman House has assembled a wide survey of photography from the earliest efforts in the 19th century to the most recent techniques and aesthetics.
A visual experience awaits curious campers this summer as George Eastman House presents Photo Fun Camps for Kids. Ten different weeklong camps from July 2 through Aug. 31 — for children ages 7 to 12 — will focus on special-effect pictures, photo crafts, editing, and basic photography techniques.
The historic gardens of George Eastman House open for the season on Tuesday, May 1, and will remain open through September. There are many way to enjoy the gardens this season, including docent-led tours, plant sales, and Garden Vibes concerts.
The Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House celebrates the film career of actress Carole Lombard, with a four-film series in April.
The Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House will host Rochester-based filmmaker and two-time Oscar® winner Robin Lehman at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 24. Screening that evening will be three of Lehman’s thought-provoking films, featuring his signature cinematography and pure, wordless cinema, as well as the humor-filled and enlightening documentary Manimals. Lehman will introduce the films and talk with the audience following the screenings.
The work of French filmmaker Robert Bresson, one of the greatest and most influential filmmakers of all time, will be showcased at the Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House as part of a two-month series. Although a challenge to gather together prints of his films, the Dryden will present a selection of the master’s films every Tuesday evening throughout March and April.
»Eastman House showcases technology collection with "500 Cameras: 170 Years of Photographic Innovation"
George Eastman House International Museum of Photography & Film has released a new book on its camera technology collection titled 500 Cameras: 170 Years of Photographic Innovation (Sterling Innovation, 2011, 472 pp., $26.95). There are few objects or inventions in history that have had as long and diverse history as the camera, according to author Todd Gustavson. Rave reviews thus far are describing the book as ideal for amateur photographs as well as serious camera collectors.
This illustrated guide to photographic invention and innovation showcases groundbreaking cameras from the Eastman house collection. The spotlight is on 500 select cameras that changed our perception of ourselves and of the world, while tracing the technological development of the camera and providing insight into the innovators behind the lens.
George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film announces it will honor Richard Gere with the prestigious George Eastman Award on Feb. 16. The award recognizes Gere’s distinguished contribution to the art of film as well as his global humanitarian leadership. In accepting the honor, Gere joins the company of such film legends as Charles Chaplin, Cecil B. DeMille, Gary Cooper, Gregory Peck, Jimmy Stewart, Audrey Hepburn, Kim Novak, Martin Scorsese, and Meryl Streep. The George Eastman Award was established in 1955 as the first retrospective film award to honor artistic work of enduring value.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — As the museum is sugar-coated with dozens of gingerbread creations this holiday season, the Dryden Theatre is also getting a sugar high, as the star of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory comes to town for a 40th anniversary screening of the family-fave film at
7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26. Former child actor Peter Ostrum (a.k.a. Charlie) will introduce the film and talk with the audience after the screening. The audience will have a golden ticket to first-hand from Ostrum what it was like to be a on the magical set and on location in Germany. Advance tickets for that screening go on sale Saturday, Oct. 29, at eastmanhouse.org or in person at Eastman House.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — On Thursdays in November and December, the Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House presents a tribute to one of the great sirens of the silver screen, the incomparable Elizabeth Taylor, with a film series titled “A Place in the Sun: The Films of Elizabeth Taylor.”
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — George Eastman House is your home for the holidays, with the 16th annual Sweet Creations Gingerbread House Display the largest yet, with more than 100 gingerbread creations on view, plus a roster of holiday films, the historic house elaborately decorated, Breakfast with Santa, and Holiday Homecoming.
George Eastman House the world’s oldest photography museum founded in 1947 on the estate of Kodak founder George Eastman, and Clickworker, an innovator in the global crowdsourcing and workforce solutions space, announce the kick-off of a large-scale, iconic crowdsourcing project. The project involves photo-tagging of more than 400,000 images from George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film.
You are invited to celebrate home movies in Rochester on Saturday, Oct. 15, as part of the ninth annual International Home Movie Day, which takes place simultaneously in cities across the world. The Rochester celebration takes place 2 to 5 p.m. at University of Rochester River Campus in collaboration with George Eastman House. The event, which is free and open to the public, is a worldwide celebration of home movies and amateur films that provides the opportunity for communities to see and share home movies, and learn how best to care for them.
»George Eastman House Photo Finish 5K hits the streets Oct. 1 — this one fundraiser benefits 60 Rochester causes
Using social media to fundraise across generations -- in the spirit of George Eastman’s philanthropic legacy — the George Eastman House Photo Finish 5K presented by MVP Health Care is raising funds for more than 60 non-profit causes. This “philanthropy challenge” is a new way of fundraising and Rochester has embraced it. To date, more than 850 runners and walkers are registered, ranging in age from 4 to 82, with one organization, Wilmot Cancer Center, already raising $200,000 via efforts of its young professionals. The race starts at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1.
George Eastman House’s year-long celebration of the Dryden Theatre’s 60th anniversary will culminate with a screening the first film presented in 1951, Jean Renoir’s lavish Nana, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5. The evening will celebrate the museum’s first motion picture curator and 26-year film programmer, James Card, for whom the 1926 film Nana was a personal favorite. The event is the annual James Card Memorial Lecture.
George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film is organizing its second benefit auction of photographic prints and books, to take place in New York City at Metropolitan Pavilion at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3. Denise Bethel, senior vice president and director of the Photographs Department at Sotheby’s New York, will again volunteer her services as auctioneer, as she did for last year’s inaugural benefit auction — which raised more than a half-million dollars in less than two hours for Eastman House. All items for auction are donations; none are from the Eastman House collections. The George Eastman House Benefit Auction 2011 also will feature an online portion, hosted again this year by iGavelAuctions.com, live Sept. 26 through Oct. 7.
The Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House salutes animation with the film series “The Weird World of Bill Plympton,” with screenings every Thursday evening in September plus Sunday, Sept. 11. Bill Plympton visits the Dryden and presents his latest film, Idiots and Angels, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1.
George Eastman House is hosting a two-day seminar titled Hollywood2Go, which presents filmmakers and movie-lovers an opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at the studio process of motion picture development, production, and marketing. Hollywood2Go, which is led by Hollywood insiders, will take place Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24 and 25.
The Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House invites you to travel back to the Golden Age of radio and film on Saturday, Aug. 20, with Chuck McCann & Friends, as they recreate classic radio plays including Laurel and Hardy, the Jack Benny Program, and parodies of Dragnet and The Shadow. There will be two performances of “Radio Comedy: The Sounds of Laughter,” at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
All eyes will be on George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film this fall as it presents one the 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.
Dr. Anthony Bannon, director of George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, announced today he will be retiring in one year — on July 31, 2012. He has held the position since 1996, and his 15-year tenure makes him the longest-standing director in the history of the museum. An international search will begin in coming months and Bannon will assist in the search process.
George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film announces the appointment of Dr. Paolo Cherchi Usai to the position of senior curator of motion pictures, a title he held from 1994 to 2004. He is currently Curator Emeritus of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia and director of the Haghefilm Foundation in the
Hold a boom box over your head and order a pizza during class, but don’t say Beetlejuice or put baby in the corner … as this summer the Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House takes another spin through the classics of the 1980s. This time around the series of 18 films, titled “Back to Back to the ’80s” mixes genre masterpieces, children’s favorites, kitsch classics, and guilty pleasures for a veritable feast of popcorn entertainment.
“So don your parachute pants and tease out your bangs for this tribute to those glorious days of yesteryear, when films were shot on film, action movies didn’t cause nausea, and no one cared about the cholesterol content of popcorn,” said Lori Donnelly, Eastman House film programmer.
When Kodak announced in 2009 it would no longer produce Kodachrome film, company officials announced two ways the famed film would be celebrated: 1) National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry would be given the last roll off the Kodak production line and 2) the images from that historic roll would be donated to the archives at George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film. McCurry today donated photographs from that final role to George Eastman House during a press conference in the museum.
Dozens of local non-profit organizations will benefit from a single fundraiser this fall — the George Eastman House Photo Finish 5K presented by MVP Health Care, aka The Philanthropy Challenge, hitting Rochester streets Saturday, Oct. 1. This type of event has become a fundraising frontrunner in major cities, with this local race modeled after the London Marathon, which has raised millions of dollars for charity.
Experience the iconic paintings and illustrations of artist Norman Rockwell alongside the staged photographs on which he based his work, with the exhibition Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera, on view June 25 through Sept. 18, 2011.
Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) adopted photography in the mid-1930s as a tool to bring his illustration ideas to life in studio sessions. He carefully orchestrated the photographs, hand-selecting the props, locations, and models. Rockwell created an abundance of photographs for each new subject, sometimes capturing complete compositions and other times combining separate pictures of individual elements.
The Dryden Theatre pays tribute to Charlie Chaplin throughout the month of June, with a series of 15 films, including Modern Times, The Kid, and City Lights. While it is known Chaplin’s movies were made wholly for himself, they did speak to the whole world — and continue to do so decades later.
The Garden Vibes summer concert series at George Eastman House is celebrating its 18th year. On four Thursdays in July and August, George Eastman House offers a unique outdoor venue for experiencing live music. Picnic on the Eastman House lawn, relax with friends, and enjoy family-fun activities, while at the same time basking in George Eastman’s historic Townson Terrace garden and surrounding grounds. Concerts are 6 to 8 p.m.
George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film is organizing its second benefit auction of photographic objects and prints, books, and camera technology, to take place in New York City at Metropolitan Pavilion at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3. Denise Bethel, director of the Photographs Department at Sotheby’s
»360 | 365 George Eastman House Film Festival to showcase 104 films from 21 countries April 27 – May 2
The 360 | 365 George Eastman House Film Festival takes to Rochester screens April 27-May 2, with 104 films from 21 countries, plus celebratory parties, panel discussions, artist conversations, and award ceremonies. Those being honored this year include Oscar®-nominated and Emmy®-winning cinematographer Buddy Squires and celebrated Rochester-based screenwriter Brock Yates. The festival is celebrating its 10th year in 2011.
Filmmaker Jonas Mekas — whom many call the Godfather of American Avant-Garde Cinema — will visit the George Eastman House at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 9, for a screening of his film Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania and to receive the title of George Eastman Honorary Scholar for artistic achievement. Celebrated actor/writer/director Peter Bogdanovich will also be in attendance, to assist in honoring Mekas. Past recipients of this honor include directors John Frankenheimer, James Ivory, and John Landis; actors/photographers Dennis Hopper and Jeff Bridges; and most recently musician/photographer Graham Nash in January
A visual experience awaits curious campers this summer as George Eastman House presents Photo Fun Camps for Kids. Ten different weeklong camps from June 27 through Sept. 1 — for children ages 7 to 12 — will focus on special-effect pictures, photo crafts, editing, and basic photography techniques. The camps are dedicated to teaching children how to maneuver a camera to turn their pictures into artwork. The individual weeklong camps run weekdays 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Experienced Eastman House leaders will guide hands-on activities of creativity and exploration. Cameras will be provided for each camper’s use, and they receive a take-home CD with all their creations at the end of each session.
George Eastman House International Museum of Photography & Film will celebrate the 83rd Academy Awards® on Sunday, Feb. 27 with its 15th annual movie-themed Oscars® party — at the home of the father of motion picture film, George Eastman. This popular party is charged with all the excitement of Hollywood’s big night, featuring live music, dancing, and the Academy Awards® ceremony on the big screen in the 500-seat Dryden Theatre, as well as on TV monitors throughout the museum.
Beginning today, Feb. 1, 2011, George Eastman House is admitting children ages 12 and under for free, with paid parent or guardian admission. (Please note, any party of 10 or more must register as a group and is subject to group registration fees.)
In addition, the student rate has been lowered to $5 for ages 13 and over, including college students with valid I.D.
New admission prices are in effect for George Eastman House and the Dryden Theatre, also as of Feb. 1.
George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film commemorates the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War with photography and motion picture exhibitions opening on Feb. 12, Abraham Lincoln's birthday. The museum's unparalleled collection of 19th-century photography is showcased as iconic photographs hang alongside rare and never-before-seen images, in addition to contemporary images of Civil War sites and re-enactments and a look at how motion pictures have fictitiously depicted the war. The exhibitions are on view through
George Eastman House presents virtual springtime, with the 16th annual exhibition The Dutch Connection: George Eastman's Conservatory in Winter Bloom, on view Friday, Feb. 11 through Saturday, Feb. 26. This colorful, interpretive exhibition will feature thousands of flowering bulbs, re-creating Eastman's 1911 display of flowers from Holland -- ordered from the same Dutch company Eastman used.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Witness history as photographer and musician Graham Nash receives the title of George Eastman Honorary Scholar, and discusses his career and the Taking Aim exhibition, at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22 in the Dryden Theatre. Nash is being honored for his contribution to photography as an artist and innovator.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - The University of Rochester and George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, the world’s preeminent museum of imaging, have entered into an alliance to further public engagement, research and education in the arts and sciences, with a focus on the museum’s photography and motion-picture collections. This will be the most extensive museum and university alliance of this type in existence.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House will host Rochester-based filmmaker and two-time Oscar® winner Robin Lehman at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10. Screening that evening will be three of Lehman’s thought-provoking films, featuring the pure, wordless cinema of his celebrated short films, his signature cinematography, and his moving and humor-filled documentary Forever Young. Lehman will introduce the films and talk with the audience following the screenings.
ROCHESTER, N.Y./NEW YORK, N.Y. — George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film is organizing a benefit auction of more than 300 items exceeding $1 million in value – fine photographic prints, books, and equipment — to take place at Sotheby’s New York on Oct. 4, 2010. None of the auction items are from the Eastman House collections. Among the featured photographs donated to the benefit auction are works by artists Berenice Abbott, Ansel Adams, Louis Faurer, Benedict Fernandez, Todd Hido, Horst P. Horst, Eikoh Hosoe, Gertrude Kasebier, Sally Mann, Nickolas Muray, Paul Outerbridge Jr., Sebastiao Salgado, Southworth & Hawes, Edward Steichen, and Edward Weston.
Chautauqua Institution is partnering with Eastman Kodak Company and George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film for a week unlike any other offered in the Institution’s history — exploring the world of photography with world-renowned speakers, interactive exhibits and activities, and an onsite social media center designed to share the experience with the world.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The Garden Vibes summer concert series at George Eastman House is celebrating its 17th year. On four Thursdays in July and August, George Eastman House offers a unique outdoor venue for experiencing live music. Picnic on the Eastman House lawn, relax with friends, and enjoy family-fun activities, while at the same time basking in George Eastman’s historic Townson Terrace garden and surrounding grounds. Concerts are 6 to 8 p.m.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House will present a series of six films in July and August starring Cary Grant, whose name remains synonymous with the glamour of Hollywood’s Golden Age. The Dryden series, titled “Cary Grant Comedies,” showcases some of his most famous screwball comedies alongside leading ladies Marilyn Monroe, Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, and Sophia Loren.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House is showcasing the films of Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa (1910-1998), one of cinema’s most recognized directors, with a retrospective in August titled “Akira Kurosawa Centennial.” This year marks the 100th anniversary of Kurosawa’s birth and the Dryden is celebrating by screening six of his popular and lesser-known titles.
»George Eastman House welcomes filmmaker Ken Burns and his writing partner Geoffrey C. Ward Friday, Aug. 13
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — George Eastman House welcomes back filmmaker Ken Burns, along with his long-time writing partner Geoffrey C. Ward, for an intimate talk on the Dryden Theatre stage at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13. “An Evening with Ken Burns & Geoffrey C. Ward” will offer an insider’s look at their artistic approaches and processes, as they talk about advancing an idea into an award-winning film. Burns and Ward each will receive the George Eastman Medal of Honor.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film celebrates the 60thanniversary of the Kodak Colorama — the gigantic panoramic images that dominated Grand Central Terminal for 40 years, from 1950 to 1990 — with an international touring exhibition debuting June 19, on view at Eastman House through Oct. 17, 2010. At the same time, Eastman House is announcing Eastman Kodak Company has donated its Colorama archive to the museum.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — After a decade of training the world’s top photograph conservators via a dedicated post-graduate fellowship program, George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film announces it is again offering Photography Workshops to the public, of varying levels of interest and expertise — photographers, curators, educators, artists, or those interested in the art form.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — George Eastman House International Museum of Photography & Film announces one of the most important acquisitions in its 61-year history — the collection of Merchant Ivory Productions. This collection of 2,600 elements includes more than 40 film titles, such as Oscar®-winners A Room With a View (1986) and Howards End (1992) and Oscar® nominees such as The Remains of the Day (1993), Mr. and Mrs. Bridge (1990), and The Bostonians (1984).
ROCHESTER, N.Y. and HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film today announced a major gift to the museum — the historic archive of Technicolor dating from 1915 to 1974. The donation includes rare cameras, documents and drawings, photographs, printers and processing machines, corporate records, and other important materials that represent the history of Technicolor’s groundbreaking contributions to motion pictures. This collection joins the Eastman House’s current Technicolor holdings of early research papers, technology, and the world’s largest collection of Technicolor camera negatives, including The Wizard of Oz and Gone With the Wind.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Dr. Caroline Frick Page has been named curator of motion pictures at George House International Museum of Photography and Film, the third largest film archive in the United States. Assuming her position on March 1, she is the sixth curator of motion pictures in the museum’s 61-year history. She has previously worked in film preservation at Warner Bros., Library of Congress, and the National Archives in Washington, D.C.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — George Eastman House International Museum of Photography & Film will celebrate the 82nd Academy Awards® on Sunday, March 7 with its 14th annual movie-themed Oscars® party — at the home of the father of motion picture film, George Eastman.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. – George Eastman House announces a $100,000 challenge for 2010, offered by long-time friends Ron and Donna Fielding. Donations made to the museum this year will be matched dollar for dollar. The Fielding Challenge -- being promoted with the tagline “Help us Do A Double-Take” -- is active for every new and increased unrestricted gift made to Eastman House this year, including becoming a member and upgrading membership to a new level.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — 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.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — George Eastman House is hosting a Community Forum at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, to respond to the community’s view of Rochester — based on the nearly 1,000 photograph submissions to the museum’s “Picturing Rochester” exhibition. The forum is free and open to the public.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Did you have fun shooting slides a few decades back? Well, at George Eastman House there is someone who won’t groan or duck into the kitchen when you pull out your slide collection! She’s actually inviting you to do so. Jenn DiCocco of Philadelphia, a graduate student in Eastman House’s master of arts program in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management, is hoping to sit down with you for an afternoon to talk and see your slides. The preferred era for the slide collections is the 1950s and 1960s.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Celebrate Valentine’s Day on Sunday, Feb. 14, at George Eastman House with a brunch, screenings of two classic films, and live music and flowers in the mansion.
»Eastman House celebrates film noir with Dryden series and a talk with mystery writer Charles Benoit
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — George Eastman House welcomes Rochester native and Edgar® Award-nominated mystery writer Charles Benoit at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4. Benoit will talk about film noir and writing noir, plus answer audience questions and sign copies of his books.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House will host Rochester-based filmmaker and two-time Oscar® winner Robin Lehman at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30. Screening that evening will be Lehman’s two Academy Award®-winning shorts, Don’t and End of the Game, as well as his Oscar®-nominated short Nightlife. Lehman will introduce the films and talk with the audience following the screenings.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House shines a spotlight on the filmmaking relationship between powerhouse actor Robert DeNiro and celebrated director Martin Scorsese, with a film series in January and February titled Eight Portraits of the Obsessive: The films of Robert DeNiro and Martin Scorsese.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House rings in and “laughs” in the New Year, with comedies and double features on the big screen Monday, Dec. 28, through New Year’s Eve, Thursday, Dec. 31.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House presents a Rochester exclusive screening of Black Dynamite, a gut-busting spoof of 1970s blaxploitation movies, and low-budget movies in general. The film has been heralded as one of the funniest movies of 2009.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House is celebrating the holiday season with classic films and a series of “toy stories” in December (all for regular Dryden admission):
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — An exhibition and sale of vintage jewelry — including 19th-century photographic items — will highlight three days of events at George Eastman House, offering a chance to own a glamorous piece of history while supporting the museum. This benefit event —featuring the Carole Tanenbaum Vintage Collection of costume jewelry, which you’ve seen in films such as The Devil Wears Prada, Chicago, and Grey Gardens — will take place Dec. 3 through 5 and includes a preview party and lecture.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House welcomes writer/director Bob Byington, who will introduce his debut feature filmHarmony and Me at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, and talk with the audience following the screening. One of the film’s actors, Kevin Corrigan (Grounded for Life, Goodfellas, Pineapple Express), also will appear in person that evening and take part in the discussion.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — For the first time in the two centuries of photographic history, a book has been produced that celebrates both the camera and the art of the photograph — displaying images alongside the cameras that created them...
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film is commemorating its 60th anniversary in 2009 with a deluxe portfolio of 12 photographs created by celebrated international artists...
ROCHESTER, N.Y. —The Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House shines a spotlight on American film criticism with a series of screenings in November and December...
ROCHESTER, N.Y. —The Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House is “Remembering John Hughes” by screening seven of his most popular films every Wednesday in November through mid-December...
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House presents a rollicking series of films this November and December — MINNELLI’S MGM MUSICALS...
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House welcomes in November and December two filmmakers involved in a relatively new movement in independent cinema known as “Mumblecore,” in addition to several exclusive screenings...
»George Eastman House celebrates Where We Live, with hundreds of photographs of Rochester from the collections, the community, and renowned photographers
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — George Eastman stated, “I want Rochester to be the best city in which to live, work, and raise and family.”...
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — George Eastman House International Museum of Photography & Film celebrates Oscar®-winning actress Jessica Lange this summer, with a photography exhibition of her work, a film series, and the awarding of the George Eastman House Honors...
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Enjoy a throwback salute to the films of an era when times were really tough: the Great Depression. Comedy is the best remedy during an economic recession and a summer film series at the Dryden Theatre serves as a distraction from the current problems facing the world, titled What Depression? Musicals, Fantasies, and Screwball Comedies of the 1930s...
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House will celebrate the anniversaries of two iconic films by screening their director’s cuts — Alien: The Director’s Cut takes the screen at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, marking its 30th anniversary, while Woodstock: The Director’s Cut screens at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 16, celebrating its 40th anniversary. These versions feature footage not seen during original release
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House is remembering the fabulous, but all too short, career of Marilyn Monroe on Wednesdays throughout July and August, with a series of her best dramatic and comedic work...
»George Eastman House fills Conservatory with flowers Feb. 6–21, mirroring George Eastman's 1909 order
ROCHESTER, N.Y. —George Eastman House presents virtual springtime, with the 15th annual exhibition The Dutch Connection: George Eastman's Conservatory in Winter Bloom, on view Friday, Feb. 6 through Saturday, Feb. 21...