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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.

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George Eastman Museum collection featured at Bentonville Film Festival and Crystal Bridges

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.

Rare screening of LAURA (1944) presented tonight as part of the 2nd Nitrate Picture Show

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.

Michael Keaton to receive George Eastman Award

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. 

Author and photographer Penny Wolin to speak at the George Eastman Museum on May 12

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.

Michael Douglas donates personal film collection to the George Eastman Museum

Rochester, N.Y., March 31, 2016—Academy Award winner and George Eastman Award recipient Michael Douglas is donating his personal collection of 35mm and 16mm prints to the George Eastman Museum. Douglas’s collection consists of 37 film prints, including more than thirty titles that star or were produced by Douglas over the course of his career.

Visit Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, and Yosemite at the George Eastman Museum this summer

Rochester, N.Y., March 10, 2016—To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the formation of the National Park Service, the George Eastman Museum presents Photography and America’s National Parks, an exhibition exploring the role of photography in the development of the parks and in shaping our perception and understanding of these landscapes. The exhibition will be on view from June 4 through October 2, 2016

Lorna Bieber: Fabrications to open at the George Eastman Museum on February 27

Rochester, N.Y., February 25, 2016—For more than twenty years, artist Lorna Bieber has made the world of reproduced photographic images the subject of her work. On February 27, the George Eastman Museum will premiere Bieber’s newest creation, Tapestry (2015) as part of the exhibition Fabrications, organized by the museum. Lorna Bieber: Fabrications will be on view through June 5.

The George Eastman Museum partners with Google Cultural Institute to celebrate Black History Month

Rochester, N.Y., February 10, 2016—Earlier this month, the George Eastman Museum launched an online exhibition of 44 photographs as part of the Google Cultural Institute’s celebration of Black History Month. Thanks to this initiative, users around the world can access the exhibition in just a few clicks at 

Film critic Jack Garner shares his 2016 Academy Awards predictions at the George Eastman Museum on February 22

Rochester, N.Y., February 10, 2016—Join Democrat and Chronicle entertainment columnist and former Gannett News Service film critic Jack Garner as he reviews the 2016 Academy Awards nominees, and reveals his predictions for the winners, on Monday, February 22 at 6 p.m. in the Dryden Theatre at the George Eastman Museum.