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Submitted by Kate Emery,

Image from the film Kimiko

This weekend, the George Eastman Museum is proud to welcome David Bordwell to present the James Card Memorial Lecture and introduce the film Wife! Be Like a Rose! AKA Kimiko. This memorial lecture and film series is dedicated to James Card, who helped to establish the George Eastman Museum as a leader in the fields of cinema and film preservation.

Submitted by Malin Kan,

daydreaming

Paul Thomas Anderson and Radiohead's Daydreaming is no "music video." It will be projected in large-scale, on glorious 35mm, Saturday night, preceding Nicolas Roeg's The Man Who Fell to Earth...

Submitted by Kate Emery,

May 18, 2016 is International Museum Day, a day to celebrate museums and cultural heritage institutions around the world. As stated in their mission, the objective of this day is to raise awareness of the importance of museums in enriching cultures, improving intercultural exchange, and developing understanding between peoples. This event has been ongoing since 1977, and various museums plan events and activities that highlight the importance of this unique type of institution, both locally and internationally. The theme for this year’s International Museum Day is “Museums and Cultural Landscapes,” exploring the combination of nature and history. With this in mind, we want to highlight our upcoming exhibit that exemplifies this theme of natural and human identity intermingling: Photography and America’s National Parks.

Submitted by Malin Kan,

The Dryden Theatre presents a new film series beginning on April 2nd and running through the last week of May dedicated to the thirteen Eon Productions-made James Bond films starring Scotsman Sir Sean Connery and Englishman Sir Roger Moore...

Submitted by Malin Kan,

James Bond is more than just a character in a media franchise: he is an emblem of a particular aesthetic, a particular tone, a particular style of filmmaking, and as a result he is a promise of a particular set of expectations...

Submitted by Bruce Barnes,

Taryn Simon's Birds of the West Indies

At the George Eastman Museum, we take photography and cinema very seriously—in our preservation and conservation efforts, our scholarship, and our exhibitions. Yet, we recognize and revel in the entertainment and escape that are important in each of these mediums. Over the course of the next three months, the Eastman Museum will be celebrating and interrogating James Bond, one of the longest-running (since 1962) and most successful franchises in cinematic history...

Submitted by Malin Kan,

The Dryden Theatre series Haile Gerima: Child of Resistance began on January 28 with the double feature Child of Resistance (1972) and Bush Mama (1975) and continued last week with Harvest: 3000 Years (1976), transitioning markedly from Gerima’s L.A. Rebellion period to consider the exploitation of African peasants.

Submitted by Anthony Labbatte,

Those only familiar with Cecil B. DeMille’s epic films, such as The Ten Commandments (1956) or Samson and Delilah (1949) are often surprised by the intimacy of his early work. The Golden Chance, which opened 100 years ago in New York City, at the Mark Strand Theatre, on January 16, is one of these films.

Submitted by Bruce Barnes,

Taryn Simon's Birds of the West Indies

The George Eastman Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying, and exhibiting photographs and moving images ranging from the earliest examples to newly created works. Because our institution is the world’s oldest photography museum and one of the earliest film archives, our collections are particularly strong in historic works. Yet, the history of photography and moving images extends to the present, and each medium continues with tremendous creative vitality. It is essential that the Eastman Museum actively collect and exhibit contemporary works so that we can present a complete history of these fields to current and future generations...

Submitted by Bruce Barnes,

Taryn Simon's Birds of the West Indies

The George Eastman Museum is an international treasure, with one of the world’s foremost photography and cinema collections. Our institution recently changed its name from George Eastman House, the original name, which denoted the museum’s location on George Eastman’s estate. Our new name better reflects our core identity as a museum—encompassing the breadth of our collections, exhibitions, publications, educational programs, and research—and will reduce misperceptions that our institution’s scope is limited to its cherished house. The three-part mission of the George Eastman Museum remains unchanged: preservation and development of our collections, including the historic mansion and gardens; leadership in the fields of photography and cinema; and service to our communities, in Rochester and beyond.

Submitted by Rachel Pikus,

In the spirit of Halloween, our archivists in the moving image collection gathered some of our spookiest stills and creepy frame clippings. 

Submitted by Mark Osterman,

Eastman Museum held its first expeditionary workshops in Mexico last February. It was good timing since the worst winter in years hit the northeast while we were shooting collodion plates with temperatures in the mid-80s. We chose the small city of Merida in the Yucatan peninsula as our base because it had a small town feeling and the Mayan ruins of Uxmal and Dzibilchaltun were only a short drive from where we established our darkroom. . . .

Submitted by Anonymous,

After spending our first year of the Photographic Preservation and Collections Management (PPCM) graduate program at Ryerson University in Toronto, my classmate Andrew Murphy and I chose to move to Rochester, New York to spend our second year studying at George Eastman House. Upon arriving, we learned that we would be co-curating a rotation of the newly established exhibition series,A History of Photography ...

Submitted by Rachel Pikus,

On display at George Eastman House through April 26, 2015, the installation Eyelids Leaking Light features two recent works by the London-based artist Aura Satz. Featuring close-ups of eyes from early experiments in color printing, Chromatic Aberration (2014) uses film elements from George Eastman House to explore the aesthetics of “color fringing.” Doorway for Natalie Kalmus (2013) is an audiovisual work that transforms a Bell & Howell lamphouse used for color grading into a grotto of prismatic lights and clanking doorways. The work pays homage to Technicolor’s color consultant Natalie Kalmus, whose name appears in the credits of hundreds of color films including The Wizard of Oz (1939), Gone With the Wind (1939), and The Red Shoes (1948) ...

Submitted by Crystal Kui,

The Dawn of Technicolor, 1915-1935, a new book by James Layton and David Pierce, is now available for purchase from George Eastman House and other online retailers. In addition to a historical account of Technicolor’s formative years, the publication features a comprehensive filmography of all two-color Technicolor films from 1917 to 1937. The filmography was compiled by myself and James Layton, with the help of a team of dedicated researchers including Daisuke Kawahara, Almudena Escobar Lopez, and Catherine A. Surowiec. I was constantly surprised by the collections we uncovered while researching this underdocumented subject ...

Submitted by James Layton,

The Dawn of Technicolor, 1915-1935 is a new book written by myself and David Pierce, and published by George Eastman House. It is the cornerstone of the museum’s 100th anniversary celebrations of Technicolor—the pioneering company that successfully brought color to the movies.

Submitted by Stacey Doyle,

One of the joys of processing paper collections in the Moving Image Department is seeing some of the truly astounding work that was done before a film made it to screen (for example, the conceptual artwork above). But occasionally the story of a movie ends with this pre-production work ...

Submitted by Anthony Labbatte,

December 28 marks the anniversary of the first-ever public exhibition of motion picture film in 1895. The film, a continuing advancement of image capture, production, and technology, was made of nitrocellulose base, referred to colloquially as nitrate. Close in chemical composition to gunpowder, this film was known to be inflammable, but was not considered dangerous ...

Submitted by Todd Gustavson,

On October 14, 1884, George Eastman received his first "film" patent (#306,594) for Negative Paper. While this was a paper film (not very related to the transparent product most people think of today) and not very successful, it eventually lead to improved versions incorporated into the first Kodak camera introduced in 1888 - a milestone in the history of photography.

Submitted by Jesse Peers,

Far be it from me to compare myself to George Eastman, but there’s at least one thing we have in common: We both had stages of our lives in which we were enthusiastic about bicycling ...

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