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 450,000 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 makes critical contributions in the fields of film preservation and photographic conservation.
Rochester, N.Y., May 24, 2016—New York–based contemporary artist Erica Baum will be at the George Eastman Museum on Thursday, May 26 at 6 p.m. to discuss her work, which simultaneously operates as photograph and poem. Using the printed page as her primary subject, Baum fuses together photographic fragments of profound language, transforming the decontextualized words into messages that permeate everyday life.
Rochester, N.Y., May 24, 2016—The George Eastman Museum will open the exhibition Sight Reading: Photography and the Legible World on June 18 in the Project Gallery. Organized in partnership with the Morgan Library & Museum in New York City, the exhibition of photographs is drawn primarily from the Eastman Museum’s rich holdings, supplemented by works from the Morgan and a private collector. It will be on view through September 18.
Rochester, N.Y., May 19, 2016—Carrying on its record of innovation in preserving and re-creating historical photographic processes, the George Eastman Museum today announced that its conservation department has reverse-engineered and replicated the making of early motion picture film—creating the first sensitized, processed strip of black-and-white 35mm motion picture film outside of a commercial manufacturing environment.
Rochester, N.Y., May 17, 2016—The Garden Vibes summer concert series at the George Eastman Museum is back for its 23rd year. The outdoor concerts will take place on the following Wednesday evenings: June 15, July 13, and August 17. Bring a picnic, BYOB, relax with friends, and enjoy family activities in the museum’s historic Townson Terrace Garden and the surrounding grounds. Concerts are from 6 to 8 p.m.
Garden Vibes 2016
Rochester, N.Y., May 4, 2016—The George Eastman Museum has been invited to screen two films from its collection at the second annual Bentonville Film Festival (BFF) in Bentonville, Arkansas this week. In conjunction with the festival, a group of photographs of legendary actresses from the George Eastman Museum collection will also be featured in the Reel Women: Icons and Identity in Film exhibition at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville.
Rochester, N.Y., April 29, 2016—The George Eastman Museum has released the official program for this weekend’s 2nd Nitrate Picture Show, the world’s first festival of film conservation. A rare screening of the vintage 35mm print of Otto Preminger’s Laura (US 1944) will round out the first day of the festival, beginning at 10 p.m. in the Dryden Theatre. A limited number of tickets are still available.
Rochester, N.Y., April 21, 2016—The George Eastman Museum will honor actor Michael Keaton with the George Eastman Award, the museum’s highest honor in motion pictures, on Thursday, June 9. The award recognizes Keaton’s distinguished contribution to the art of film. In accepting the honor, he joins the company of film legends such as Charles Chaplin, Gary Cooper, Joan Crawford, Cecil B. DeMille, Greta Garbo, Lillian Gish, Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck, Martin Scorsese, James Stewart, Meryl Streep, and most recently Michael Douglas. The George Eastman Award was established in 1955 as the first retrospective film award to honor artistic work of enduring value.
Rochester, N.Y., April 12, 2016— The George Eastman Museum will welcome author and photographer Penny Wolin to discuss her newly released book, Descendants of Light: American Photographers of Jewish Ancestry on Thursday, May 12. For the past 25 years, Wolin has used photographic portraiture with oral interviews to research Jewish civilization in America. She will be speaking at 6 p.m. in the Dryden Theatre, and will be available for a book signing following the audiovisual conversation.
Rochester, N.Y., April 5, 2016— Experience the elegant atmosphere of George Eastman’s home like you’ve never seen it before. The George Eastman Museum presents Eastman Entertains, a one-week-only opportunity, Tuesday, May 3, through Sunday, May 8.