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George Eastman Museum Announces Programs in conjunction with Photography and America’s National Parks

Rochester, N.Y., May 31, 2016—The George Eastman Museum has announced an extensive schedule of programs in conjunction with its new exhibition, Photography and America’s National Parks, which celebrates the 100th anniversary of the formation of the National Park Service and opens on June 4, with a special preview party scheduled for June 3.

Photography and America’s National Parks explores the role of photography in the development of the parks and in shaping our perception and understanding of these landscapes. It includes more than 170 images from late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century photographers to contemporary artists, from Ansel Adams to David Benjamin Sherry. The exhibition will be on view through October 2, 2016.

“Visiting the exhibition and attending programs are a perfect way to celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service,” said Jamie M. Allen, exhibition curator, Department of Photography, George Eastman Museum. “The exhibition is divided into themes of exploration, tourism, land conservation, and art. It also includes murals of sweeping park views and comes with a family guide offering multiple avenues of interaction for visitors of all ages.”

Museum visitors will be encouraged to share their own photos taken in the exhibition or from their travels to national parks. Just tag George Eastman Museum on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram using the hashtag #GEMparks, and the museum will collect and share the photos in an album on its Facebook page.

In addition, the museum has also created a custom commemorative National Park Passport stamp so that parks passport holders can get them stamped when they visit the museum during the run of the exhibition.

A special preview party for the Photography and America’s National Parks exhibition will be held at the museum on Friday, June 3, from 7 to 9 p.m. Curator Jamie M. Allen will provide an overview of the exhibition, and guests will enjoy access to the galleries, cash bar, light refreshments, and live music. Free to museum members. Tickets: $15, $10 for students with student ID. Reservations are encouraged by calling (585) 234-6064.

The museum is offering a variety of lectures. Topics include a travelogue of Yellowstone, the history of Kodak Picture Spots, and how the staff prepared the works for display in the exhibition. Talks by photographers John Pfahl, Willie Osterman, and Sean McFarland offer the opportunity to learn about the works on view from the artists themselves. All of these programs are free to members and included with museum admission. A complete listing of all related talks follows:

Saturday, June 4, 2 p.m.
Artist’s Talk: John Pfahl
Buffalo-based photographer John Pfahl explores our relationship to the landscape as framed with the photographic lens. Book signing to follow. Generously sponsored by Dawn Lipson.

Saturday, July 9, 2 p.m.
Wish You Were Here—Special Edition: Yellowstone Travelogue with Tom Tischer
Wish You Were Here photography lecture series sponsor Tom Tischer will share a slideshow of photographs from his travels to Yellowstone National Park.

Saturday, July 23, 12 p.m.
Focus 45: Framing America’s National Parks

Emily Phoenix, the museum’s chief object preparator, will discuss framing photographic objects in Photography and America’s National Parks.

Thursday, August 25, 4 p.m.
Artist’s Talk: Willie Osterman

Willie Osterman, photographer and professor in the photographic arts department at RIT, will join associate curator Jamie M. Allen for a gallery talk about his work. Generously sponsored by Dawn Lipson.

Saturday, August 27, 12 p.m.
Focus 45: Kodak Picture Spots and the Perfect Picture

Leslie K. Brown will discuss the history of these iconic signs, from their use as roadside markers in the 1920s to their installation in national parks, world’s fairs, and theme parks.

Thursday, September 22, 6 p.m.
Wish You Were Here: Sean McFarland

Sean McFarland will discuss his work, which explores the relationships between history, photography, and the representation of landscape. Exhibitions open until 8 p.m. Free for students w/ ID. Generously sponsored by museum member Thomas N. Tischer.

Sunday, July 31, 2 p.m.
Music in the American Wild

This new music initiative honors the centennial of the National Park Service. Seven performers and eleven composers—all affiliated with Eastman School of Music—have come together to bring works inspired by the national parks to communities across the country. Under the leadership of flutist Emlyn Johnson, Music in the American Wild will premiere these works on a summer 2016 tour including performances at Mammoth Cave, Great Smoky Mountains, Shenandoah, and Mount Rainier National Parks, as well as the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington DC) and the Eastman Museum. FREE admission to concert. Museum admission on July 31: $10 (adults & seniors).

Throughout July and August, the Dryden Theatre is screening films shot in national parks and national forests. Widely diverse stylistically and thematically—from Howard Hawks’s The Big Sky to Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind—the ten films in the series celebrate the beauty and the wildness of these lands which refuse to be tamed even by the mighty hands of Hollywood. Tickets: $8 general, $6 members, $4 students. * Dryden Kids screenings free for 17 & under

Friday, July 15, 8 p.m.
Zabriskie Point (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1970)

Wednesday, July 20, 8 p.m.
The Big Sky (Howard Hawks, 1952)

Sunday, July 24, 2 p.m. *
Shane (George Stevens, 1953)

Wednesday, July 27, 8 p.m.
Jeremiah Johnson (Sydney Pollack, 1972)

Sunday, August 7, 2 p.m. *
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Steven Spielberg, 1977)

Saturday, August 13, 8 p.m.
Easy Rider (Dennis Hopper, 1969)

Saturday, August 20, 8 p.m.
The Thing (John Carpenter, 1982)

Sunday, August 21, 2 p.m. *
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (Steven Spielberg, 1982)

Friday, August 26, 8 p.m.
Dances with Wolves (Kevin Costner, 1999)

Wednesday, August 31, 8 p.m.
Starship Troopers (Paul Verhoeven, 1997)

Published in partnership with Aperture, this book traces the relationship between photography and the national parks and features stunning photographs of America’s most beloved landscapes. An informative essay from exhibition curator Jamie M. Allen describes the role of photography in promoting America’s national heritage, land conservation, and wildlife preservation. This book is available for $50 ($45 members) in the Eastman Museum Store or online at eastman.org/store.

About the George Eastman Museum
Founded in 1947, the George Eastman Museum is the world’s oldest photography museum and one of the largest film archives in the United States, located on the historic Rochester estate of entrepreneur and philanthropist George Eastman, the pioneer of popular photography. Its holdings comprise more than 400,000 photographs, 28,000 motion picture films, the world’s preeminent collection of photographic and cinematographic technology, one of the leading libraries of books related to photography and cinema, and extensive holdings of documents and other objects related to George Eastman. As a research and teaching institution, the Eastman Museum has an active publishing program and, through its two joint master’s degree programs with the University of Rochester, makes critical contributions to the fields of film preservation and of photographic preservation and collection management. For more information, visit eastman.org.

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