In this first post in a series, we share the story behind the re-discovery, conservation and display of two photograms created by Floris Neüsuss. In May 2016, while looking through the photography vault in the museum, Lisa noticed for the first time that the large piece of black wood at the end of a large blue metal shelving unit had a label on the top of it. What she noticed in particular was the name written on the label: Floris Neüsuss.
Eastman’s biggest public moment of 1916 came when he made a political speech to an audience of about 4,000 people at Convention Hall on October 19th. The occasion was a rally for the Business Men’s League and Hughes Alliance (Charles Hughes was the Republican candidate for President that year) and Eastman was tasked with introducing Dr. David Jayne Hill who spoke on “industrial preparedness” - the need for the US to look ahead to a postwar world and to defend its commercial interests.
In honor of our newest exhibition, Catherine Opie: 700 Nimes Road, over the course of the next week our Instagram account is going to be taken over by a diverse group of individuals from our community, who will share a portrait of themselves through their home and belongings.
Nathan Lyons, one of the most influential proponents of photography as fine art and as a field of academic study, passed away on August 31 at age 86. We are deeply saddened.
Recently, Jamie M. Allen, associate curator of the Department of Photography, had the opportunity to speak with artist Catherine Opie. Her exhibition, Catherine Opie: 700 Nimes Road, will be on display at the George Eastman Museum beginning October 1, 2016.
This Saturday, we will be celebrating the legacy of independent theaters as part of Art House Theater Day. According to their website, "In an age where media has become more digital than tangible, more solitary than social, art house theaters remain the physical spaces where film lovers congregate and connect with intrepid, creative filmmaking. They are the beating heart for new and exciting cinema that is shaping the future of the medium."
The George Eastman Museum relies on volunteers in many aspects of our activities. We are deeply grateful to these individuals for their selfless contributions to our mission.
Congratulations to all of the winners from our Sight Reading Instagram Challenges, and thank you to everyone who participated. We really enjoyed see the diverse range of photographs and how well you were able to capture photographs based on the five concepts.
Lisa Hostetler, Curator in Charge of the Department of Photography remembers Nathan Lyons, as a photographer, presence in the Rochester arts community, and source of inspiration.
From George Eastman's letters, photos and newspaper clippings, we are able to trace what happened to him during his life. Using this documentation, Jesse Peers, Legacy Collection Archivist at the George Eastman Museum, shares with us a particularly memorable trip that did not happen the way it was planned back in September 1916.
This is it! Our final challenge! For this Sight Reading Instagram Challenge, we want you to play with the viewers perceptions, and take photographs that create an optical illusion. A classic example is the photo taken by tourists in Italy of people around the Tower of Pisa that appear to be holding the building up. Think creatively about the scale of objects, or strategically positioning people or objects in the natural environment.
On October 22, 2016, we will be opening our newest exhibition, A Matter of Memory: Photography as Object in the Digital Age. The exhibition explores the relationship between changes in the production of photographs due to technological advances, and how this impacts society’s relationship to memory. As part of this exhibition, Jason Lazarus will be displaying his project, Too Hard To Keep, which pulls from a growing archive of photographs that have been sent to Jason from around the world, and have been deemed too painful to hold on to by the original owner. Given that, we thought it would be fascinating to learn a little more about the project from Jason in his own words.
Hi, there! My name is Alison Thompson, and I am writing to share my personal experience as a Department of Photography Intern at the George Eastman Museum. For the past nine weeks, I have not only expanded my knowledge on history of photography, film, and museum practice, but I worked with an extremely diverse, intelligent, and thoughtful staff! Under their supervision, I was able to complete a variety of museum-related projects, giving me a great deal of academic and work experience.
George Eastman is known for his work in revolutionizing photography, but did you know that he also had an interest in preventative dentistry? When he was younger, Eastman watched his mother have eight teeth pulled without anesthesia in their own kitchen. He himself lost teeth early in his life.
Challenge: For this Sight Reading Instagram Challenge, we want you to think creatively about cropping and framing images. What you decide to show in a photograph (and what is hidden from view) can alter the viewers understanding of the photo. This week, play around with cropping your image in a creative way.
Hi there, my name is Taylor, intern at the George Eastman Museum, born and raised right outside the city of Rochester. This year I will enter my final year at St. Lawrence University, receiving my Bachelors in Communication. That’s right, I am the Communications summer intern at the George Eastman Museum.
This week, we have a very special guest post. A few weeks ago, Mary Cavagnero tweeted an amazing picture to the Eastman Museum account of the Mr. Eastman's mansion recreated in Minecraft by her grandson, Jack. Once we had seen this first image, we wanted to know more! Jack was kind enough not only to share the images of the mansion and gardens, but also to write up a blog post about this process and his trip to the museum.
Challenge: For this Sight Reading Instagram Challenge, we want you to capture movement. Whether you're taking a photo of an object that is actually moving, or something that conveys movement, this challenge is all about finding a way to convince the viewer that the object is in motion. Be creative, play with this concept, and see what you can come up with! No video is allowed for this challenge-you must capture movement in a still photograph.
George Eastman left behind a paper trail- one that is so detailed in letters and photos that we are able to trace his daily life during certain periods of time. His letters and photographs trace his relationships with different family members, the growth of Kodak, and his travels around the world. It is because of this documentation, and the hard work of our Archival staff, that we can present this story of what Mr. Eastman was doing, exactly 100 years ago… Jesse Peers, Legacy Collection Archivist at the George Eastman Museum, shares George's trip from July 1916.
Challenge: For our second Sight Reading Instagram Challenge, we want you to get up close and personal with your subject. The beauty of the closeup, is that despite not showing the whole object, we can still understand what it means. Sometimes, we gain more meaning by seeing objects with such close attention to detail. This week, we challenge you to take photos that show closeups of objects, people, or other subjects that may retain or change in meaning. Be creative!