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Eastman House gala in NYC POSTPONED

“Celebrating Light and Motion” honors artists and supports Eastman House, the world leader in photographic and motion picture preservation

PLEASE NOTE: The benefit gala planned for Monday, Oct. 29 has been postponed due to weather. A new date will be announced soon.

Rochester, N.Y., October 22, 2012—"George Eastman House is a leader in film and photography preservation,” said Scorsese. “I’ve worked closely with them for a long time now, and they’ve always impressed me with their knowledge and passion.”  

Eastman House will be honoring those who have made long-standing critical contributions to the worlds of film and photography, and also highlight the accomplishments of rising stars who are changing the face of photography and motion pictures. The 2012 recipients will be:

Emerging Icon in Photography Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao

Emerging Icons in Film Joshua and Ben Safdie

Lifetime Achievement in Photography Howard Greenberg

Lifetime Achievement in Motion Pictures Bruce Goldstein 

The Light and Motion Award Carole and Howard Tanenbaum

“As a National Historic Landmark and the leading museum of photography and film in the world, Eastman House is excited to be building a stronger presence in New York City as well as encouraging a deeper appreciation and awareness of the importance of photograph conservation and film preservation,” said Thomas Jackson, chair of the “Celebrating Light and Motion” gala and chairman of the Eastman House board of trustees.

In addition to the gala, Eastman House is represented in New York City this fall via its collections, with photographs on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Grand Central Terminal plus screenings at Film Forum and Museum of the Moving Image. Also, graduates of Eastman House’s schools of photo and film preservation work in most every major museum and archive in New York City.

The benefit gala venue, Three Sixty°, is located at 10 Desbrosses Street in Tribeca. Cocktails will begin at 7 p.m. followed by dinner and awards at 8 p.m. The suggested attire is black and white. Gala tickets start at $500 and can be obtained by calling Michael Buscemi (914) 235-1490 ext. 13 or emailing geh@thejfmgroup.com.

Serving on the benefit gala’s Honorary Committee are Kristen Ashburn, Roger Ballen, Howard Bingham, Jessica Burstein, Carl Chiarenza, Billy Collins, John Curran, Binh Danh, Jeff Dunas, Benedict J. Fernandez, Robert Forster, Phyllis Galembo, Jack Garner, Ron Haviv, Tamara Jenkins, Ed Kashi, Douglas Kirkland, Eliane Laffont, John Landis, Saundra Lane, Mimi Levitt, Janelle Lynch, Edward Mapplethorpe, Jonas Mekas, Ronay and Richard Menschel, Nicholas Nixon, Louie Palu, John Pfahl, Bill Plympton, Eli Reed, Clifford Ross, Bastienne Schmidt, Senator Charles E. Schumer, Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter, Pete Turner, Geoffrey C. Ward, William Wegman, and Priscilla Whittle. 

Members of the Benefit Committee are Stephen B. Ashley, ASMP, Rebecca Abrams and Nathan Benn, Kevin Gavagan, Elaine Goldman, Audrey Jonckheer, David Klein, Seymour H. Knox IV, Daniel M. Meyers, Jerilyn and Patrick Montgomery, Eugene Mopsik, Susan Robfogel, and Julie Saul.

About the award recipients

Bruce Goldstein: Lifetime Achievement in Film 
Film programmer at New York City’s Film Forum, producer, archivist, and historian, Goldstein has been in the business of repertory movies for more than four decades. Goldstein is also founder of distributing company Rialto Pictures and has been a key partner with the Eastman House’s L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation since its inception.

Howard Greenberg: Lifetime Achievement in Photography  
Photographer and founder of The Center for Photography at Woodstock, Greenberg is owner of the Howard Greenberg Gallery. After working at Eastman House early in his career, Greenberg has gone on to lead the way in building an awareness of and appreciation for fine art photography.

Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao: Emerging Icon in Photography
Known for his large-scale panoramic photos that capture the details of urban and social landscapes. Liao’s first project, Habitat 7, offers a new and important vision of New York City. Eastman House was the first museum to acquire Liao’s work. 

Joshua and Ben Safdie: Emerging Icon in Film 
The Safdie brothers began making movies at a young age and went on to attend Boston University, where they co-founded the creative collective Red Bucket Films. Their work has won awards this year at Sundance Film Festival and South by Southwest (SXSW).

Howard and Carole Tanenbaum: The Light and Motion Award

 The Tanenbaums of Toronto, Canada, have established the Howard and Carole Tanenbaum Family Charitable Foundation and contribute to many causes related to health care, the Jewish community, education, and the arts, including George Eastman House, for which Howard serves as a trustee and chairman of the museum’s Photography Acquisitions Committee. Howard is an attorney, developer, and art collector and Carole, a New York City native, is renowned for her vintage jewelry collection, worn by celebrities and featured in films.

About George Eastman House

George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film combines the world’s leading collections of photography and film with an active program of exhibitions, lectures, film screenings, and the National Historic Landmark house and gardens of George Eastman, the philanthropist and father of popular photography and motion picture film. Eastman House is also a leader in film preservation and photograph conservation, educating archivists and conservators from around the world through historic-process workshops and post-graduate schools — the L. Jeffrey School of Film Preservation and the Photographic Preservation and Collections Management master’s degree program. Eastman House, which was established as an independent non-profit museum in 1947, is the world’s oldest museum of photography and the third largest motion-picture archive in the United States. The museum intertwines unparalleled collections, totaling more than 4 million objects of photography, motion pictures, and cameras and technology, as well as literature of these fields of study. Learn more at eastmanhouse.org

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