David Levinthal: War, Myth, Desire

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    David Levinthal (American, b. 1949). Untitled, 1975. From the series Hitler Moves East, A Graphic Chronicle, 1941‑43. Gelatin silver print on Kodalith paper. George Eastman Museum, purchase with funds from National Endowment for the Arts. © David Levinthal

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    David Levinthal (American, b. 1949). The Searchers, 2014. From the series History. Inkjet print. George Eastman Museum, gift of Donald Rosenfeld, Jr. © David Levinthal

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    David Levinthal (American, b. 1949). Untitled, 1983–1985. From the series Modern Romance. Internal dye diffusion print (polaroid sx-70). George Eastman Museum, gift of Donald Rosenfeld, Jr. © David Levinthal

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    David Levinthal (American, b. 1949). Untitled, 1998. From the series Barbie. Dye diffusion transfer print (Polaroid Polacolor). George Eastman Museum, gift of an anonymous donor. © David Levinthal

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    David Levinthal (American, b. 1949). Untitled, 2001. From the series XXX. Dye diffusion transfer print (Polaroid Polacolor). George Eastman Museum, gift of an anonymous donor. © David Levinthal

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    David Levinthal (American, b. 1949). Untitled, 2008. From the series I.E.D. Inkjet print. George Eastman Museum, gift of Donald Rosenfeld Jr. © David Levinthal

David Levinthal: War, Myth, Desire is the first museum retrospective of the artist’s work in more than twenty years. The exhibition will include nearly 200 prints, along with related books and ephemera, giving visitors a unique opportunity to consider Levinthal’s most recent work alongside key works from the full scope of his career.

Since the mid-1970s, David Levinthal has been exploring the relationship between photographic imagery and the fantasies, myths, events, and characters that shape contemporary America’s mental landscape. The exhibition will include photographs from all of his major series to date—the best-known of which include Hitler Moves East (1972–75), Modern Romance (1983–85), Wild West (1986–89), Desire (1991–92), Blackface (1995–98), Barbie (1997–98), Baseball (1998–2004), and History (2010–15)—in addition to never-before-exhibited outtakes, commissions, and archival materials.

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Exhibition Preview
Thursday, May 31, 6–8 p.m.
Exhibition curator Lisa Hostetler will give opening remarks in the Dryden Theatre at 6 p.m., and artist David Levinthal will be present. Cash bar and light refreshments. $15 general admission, $10 students, free for museum members. Reservations are required by calling (585) 327-4850 or membership@eastman.org.

Gallery Talk with Photographer David Levinthal
Friday, June 1, 12 p.m.
Photographer David Levinthal and Curator in Charge Lisa Hostetler will be in conversation and guide guests through the exhibition War, Myth, Desire, the first museum retrospective of Levinthal's work in more than twenty years. Free to museum members; included with museum admission.

Studio Photography for Teens with Flower City Arts Center
Monday, July 23–Friday, July 27
The Flower City Arts Center and the George Eastman Museum team up to bring you Studio Photography for Teens. Students will have the unique experience of meeting renowned photographer David Levinthal for an exclusive tour of his exhibition War, Myth, Desire at the Eastman Museum.

Curator's Gallery Talk
Saturday, August 18, 1 p.m.
Gain deeper insight into David Levinthal’s photographs and the themes of his exhibition War, Myth, Desire at a gallery talk led by Lisa Hostetler, curator in charge of the Department of Photography. Free to museum members; included with museum admission.

Gallery Talk: The Toys of Levinthal's War, Myth, Desire
Thursday, September 6, 6 p.m.
Christopher Bensch, vice president for collections and chief curator at the Strong National Museum of Play, will lead guests through the exhibition, and discuss the historic and cultural impact of the toys Levinthal uses in creating his photographs. Free to museum members; included with museum admission.

Focus 45: Recent Acquisition: The David Levinthal Photograph Collection
Saturday, September 15, 12 p.m.
What is the significance of the gift, and what is happening behind the scenes of the museum to make the material publicly accessible? Lisa Hostetler, curator in charge of the Department of Photography, will answer these questions and more in her talk. Free to museum members; included with museum admission.

Artist's Talk: David Levinthal
Thursday, November 1, 6 p.m.
In conjunction with his exhibition War, Myth, Desire, David Levinthal will discuss his prolific career as a photographer. The exhibition is the first museum retrospective of the artist's work in more than twenty years. Book signing to follow. Members Free; $6 nonmembers; $3 students with ID.

Curator's Gallery Talk
Friday, December 14, 1 p.m.
Gain deeper insight into David Levinthal’s photographs and the themes of his exhibition War, Myth, Desire at a gallery talk led by Lisa Hostetler, curator in charge of the Department of Photography. Free to museum members; included with museum admission.

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