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George Eastman House appoints Jurij Meden as curator of film exhibitions

Former head of film programming at Slovenian Cinematheque comes to Rochester to cultivate the museum’s cinema and media program

Rochester, N.Y., September 22, 2014—George Eastman House announced today that Jurij Meden will join its Moving Image Department as curator of film exhibitions. Meden comes to Eastman House after serving as head of the film programming department at the Slovenska Kinoteka—a member of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF)—in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Meden will start in his new role with George Eastman House this fall and will be responsible for developing and managing the film and media programming for the Dryden Theatre and other exhibition spaces at the museum.

With more than 15 years of experience in the field, Meden has curated and presented film and media programs around the world, including Austria, Portugal, Germany, and the United States. In addition to his former role at the Slovenska Kinoteka, he currently serves on the editorial board of the international KINO! magazine and worked as an adjunct professor of experimental film and video art at the School of Arts of the University of Nova Gorica. Meden, also an award-winning experimental filmmaker, has been a member of the jury at numerous film festivals in Europe and Asia. His works have been premiered or exhibited in Europe, including at the Rotterdam International Film Festival.

“Jurij has the in-depth knowledge, the intellectual integrity, the vision, and the drive we are always seeking in a cultural entrepreneur,” said Paolo Cherchi Usai, senior curator, Moving Image Department, George Eastman House. "Jurij has so much to offer the Rochester community, in particular to our fellow scholars at the University of Rochester and the Rochester Institute of Technology, as well as to the film and media field in general. He is an exemplar of film curatorship in the purest and most dynamic sense of the term. We are delighted and honored to welcome him to George Eastman House."

In addition to his curatorial and filmmaking activities, Meden has written or co-written more than 250 published essays on cinema and recently completed a specialized training program at the FIAF Restoration Summer School in Bologna, Italy.

About George Eastman House

George Eastman House holds unparalleled collections—totaling more than four million objects—in the fields of photography, cinema, cameras and related technology, and photographically illustrated books. Established as an independent nonprofit institution in 1947, it is the world’s oldest photography museum and third largest film archive in the United States. The museum is in Rochester, New York, and includes the National Historic Landmark house and gardens of George Eastman, the philanthropist and father of popular photography and motion picture film. Learn more at  eastmanhouse.org.