Events for Tuesday, May 30, 2023
Loneliness permeates Adam Ekberg’s whimsical photographs that document the climax of orchestrated events. While the camera freezes them into still lifes, a sense of continuity—like the arc of a story—happens as one realizes that Ekberg (American, b. 1975) invented, manifested, documented, and concluded these events. The objects take on lives of their own, even though we know that such agency is impossible.
This annual display in the historic mansion provides a glimpse of George Eastman’s life and work one hundred years ago. The new selection of objects highlights the goings on in 1923—most notably the release of the Ciné-Kodak and 16mm motion picture film and a 10-week expedition in the Cassiar region of Alaska and British Columbia, which became his favorite camping destination for the remainder of his life.
For this nineteenth rotation, Stephanie Hofner, collection manager in the Department of Photography, worked with her four-year-old daughter Sawyer to select objects. While previous displays have been thematic, we will be sharing a wider variety of objects in the rotations going forward, while still highlighting the breadth and depth of the museum’s photograph holdings. An emphasis on family-friendly content can also be found thanks to Stephanie and Sawyer’s collaboration.
Join us for an evening outdoor talk and tour of the Eastman Museum gardens with Landscape Curator, Dan Bellavia. As we walk the grounds, you’ll learn about the history of the gardens from Eastman’s time until now, including the most recent restoration work, as well as our future landscape plans.
Silent Tuesdays Of the famous Talmadge sisters, Norma Talmadge was the drama queen and Constance Talmadge the comedienne. (The youngest, Natalie, was Buster Keaton’s first wife and love interest in his Our Hospitality.) Constance’s talents emerged playing the spunky Mountain Girl in D. W. Griffith’s Intolerance (1916) and quirky romantic comedies showed her innate wit and vivacity best, often directed by Sidney Franklin (later famous for The Barretts of Wimpole Street and The Good Earth).