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George Eastman Museum to offer FREE DAY on September 23

Museum invites the Rochester community to visit and experience the Eugene Richards: The Run-On of Time photography exhibition

Rochester, N.Y., September 5, 2017—The George Eastman Museum will be open to the public for FREE on Saturday, September 23, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In the spirit of Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live!, the Eastman Museum is opening its doors to all visitors for the day to encourage the Rochester community to experience the photography exhibition Eugene Richards: The Run-On of Time before it closes on October 22.

The Run-On of Time, an exhibition co-organized by the George Eastman Museum and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, explores Eugene Richards’s career as a photojournalist and documentary photographer from 1968 to the present. It is the first museum retrospective devoted to Richards’s work. Throughout the day, docents will be available to answer questions in the exhibition.

For more than forty years, photographer Eugene Richards has explored complicated subjects such as racism, poverty, emergency medicine, drug addiction, cancer, family, aging, the effects of war and terrorism, and the depopulation of rural America. Until now, his work has been known primarily through international news and media outlets, for which he created images on assignment, or through books, wherein he delves into his subjects further using his photographs and first-person texts. Through 146 photographs, fifteen books, and selected moving image works, The Run-On of Time provides a fuller understanding of Richards’s career, demonstrating how his personal artistic vision draws on the legacies of W. Eugene Smith and Robert Frank to address the salient issues of our time.

A community conversation will take place at 1 p.m. in the museum’s main galleries, featuring discussions on themes from Eugene Richards: The Run-On of Time, activities relating to the photographs, and an opportunity to engage deeper with Richards's work. The conversation will be led by Lisa Hostetler, Curator in Charge, Department of Photography.

In addition to Eugene Richards: The Run-On of Time, the entire museum will be open, including the History of Photography Gallery, the historic mansion, and the gardens.  Historic mansion tours will be offered at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., and garden tours will be offered at 12 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Museum Day Live! is an annual celebration hosted by Smithsonian magazine where participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket. The George Eastman Museum will be participating this year, but visitors to the Eastman Museum will not need to present a Museum Day Live! Ticket for free admission, as all visitors will be admitted for free that day.

The presentation of Eugene Richards: The Run-On of Time at the George Eastman Museum is sponsored in part by the Rubens Family Foundation.