This month, Lisa Hostetler, PhD, joined the Eastman House staff as Curator-in-Charge of the Department of Photography. We recently spoke with Hostetler about the current state of photography, her interests in the medium, and her plans for working with the Eastman House collection.
Last week, we decided to change things up a bit on Instagram. Taking a break from our own behind-the-scenes photos from around the museum, we handed over the keys to visiting artists Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman for our first Instagram Takeover.
A few days before their lecture as part of our Wish You Were Here series, the takeover week began with Larson and Shindelman posting photos and videos related to trending hashtags.
During my first year as director at George Eastman House, I have witnessed firsthand the countless ways that our staff, trustees, and supporters contribute to our three critical missions: preserving our worldclass collections, serving the Rochester community, and being a leader in the fields of photography and moving images.
Last Wednesday, October 9, staged the long awaited world premiere of Too Much Johnson at Le Giornate del Cinema Muto Silent Film Festival in Pordenone, northern Italy. As a long time attendee of the festival, fan of the work of Orson Welles and the Mercury Theatre, and having had the honor to work at the preservation of Too Much Johnson, it was hard for me to stay away from Le Giornate this year.
Director's note via Films & Events 9/10, 2013
The George Eastman Award for distinguished contribution to the art of film was established in 1955, and was the first award by an American film archive to honor artistic work of enduring value. In bestowing this honor, we recognize individuals who have enriched the field of motion pictures. Legendary recipients have ranged from George Cukor and Fred Astaire to Martin Scorsese and Meryl Steep.
Victoria Gao is an intern in our photography department.
Check our Tumblr, Dodge & Burn all week for more *interesting* hair in film and photography.
Hair often transcends categorizations of gender by transforming people into fashion icons or recognizable characters. Celebrities are often noted for starting hairstyle trends or for embodying them so well that their hair becomes as much of their celebrity as they themselves are.
A very exciting day for Eastman House, National Film Preservation Foundation, the Cineteca del Friuli and Cinemazero.
A long lost film...found. It's 35mm, it's nitrate, it's slapstick. Too Much Johnson.
Our very own Tony Delgrosso, Head of Preservation and Daniela Currò, Preservation Officer in the Motion Picture Department discuss their experience:
In conjunction with the exhibition The Gender Show (on view through October 13), the Dryden presents films that explore concepts of masculinity and femininity, with an emphasis on works that challenge, rather than uphold, traditional ideas of gender.
Two shows left! NRBQ July 17 and The Ifs August 14.
Tickets available online or at the gate.
via guest contributor and Eastman House volunteer, Kate Wallace
While cleaning out the nitrate holding room at the museum, boxes of safety film and nitrate negatives were discovered that appear to have been donated to the museum in the late 1940’s when the museum was getting ready to open to the public.
Since before Marcel Duchamp photographed Rose Sélavy, his female alter ego, artists have used photography to explore issues of identity, sex, and gender. In recent decades, gender has been an increasingly prominent theme within contemporary art and, specifically, within photography. The Gender Show (on view through October 13) offers an extraordinary opportunity to see fifty contemporary artworks in the context of over 150 photographs from our world-class collection.
It's been 30 (?!) years, and some Risky Business is happening tomorrow night (June 29) at the Dryden Theatre at 8 p.m.
Win a pair of tickets! First person to guess at least two of the follow three questions wins...
Winner announced this evening
1. When Tom Cruise showed up to audition for the part of Joel Goodsen he had greasy hair, a make-up tattoo, and smelled, because he'd just come off the set of what movie?
During our visiting artist lecture series Wish You Were Here, Lou Jones shared with us his experiences around the world...