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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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The George Eastman Museum partners with the Geva Theatre Center to bring To Kill a Mockingbird to the big screen

Rochester, N.Y,. February 9, 2016—The Dryden Theatre at the George Eastman Museum will be screening To Kill a Mockingbird (Robert Mulligan, US 1962) on Friday, February 12 at 8 p.m. The award-winning film, starring Gregory Peck, is based on the novel by Harper Lee, and will be screened in conjunction with the stage production of To Kill a Mockingbird at the Geva Theatre Center beginning February 20. 

Spring comes early to the George Eastman Museum with annual Dutch Connection floral display

Rochester, N.Y., January 28, 2016—The George Eastman Museum presents virtual springtime, with the annual Dutch Connection floral display, on view Friday, February 12, through Sunday, February 28. This colorful two-week display will feature thousands of flowering bulbs, displayed throughout the historic mansion.

George Eastman Museum announces new board members

Rochester, N.Y., January 1, 2016—The George Eastman Museum has announced the appointment of nine new board members since April 2015. H.C. Digby Clements, Kevin E. Glazer, Jeffrey Korchek, and Steven Sasson joined the board in April, followed by Richard Grosbard, Michael J. Cooney, Esq., and Paul Burgett, PhD, in July.  The most recent appointments of Kenneth Frederick and Christine Symchych were confirmed at the museum’s board meeting in October. 

National Endowment for the Arts Awards $20,000 to the George Eastman Museum

Rochester, N.Y., December 8, 2015—The George Eastman Museum has received a grant award of $20,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for the museum’s preservation of Highlights and Shadows (US 1937), a film by James Sibley Watson Jr. Today, the NEA announced awards totaling more than $27.6 million in its first funding round of fiscal year 2016, including this Art Works award to the Eastman Museum. 

The Nitrate Picture Show returns to the George Eastman Museum in 2016

Rochester, N.Y., November 23, 2015—The George Eastman Museum officially announced today that it will be presenting the 2nd Nitrate Picture Show this coming spring. The festival will be held April 29–May 1, 2016 at the Dryden Theatre, the George Eastman Museum’s historic venue for film exhibition in Rochester, NY. The Dryden Theatre—one of only a few archival venues in the world that can project nitrate film—is home to the museum’s ongoing program of past and present cinematic works from all countries.

George Eastman Museum acquires world’s largest collection of contemporary Indian cinema

Rochester, N.Y., November 3, 2015—The George Eastman Museum has recently acquired the world’s largest collection of contemporary Indian cinema held by a museum or film archive. The collection consists of 775 prints representing 597 film titles, all in 35mm format, made between 1999 and 2013. In addition, about 6,000 film posters were acquired as part of the collection. This exceptional donation represents not only films from the Hindi-language film industry commonly known as “Bollywood,” but also Malayalam, Punjabi, Tamil, and Telugu productions. The languages represented in these films include Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu. Many titles are from acclaimed masters of Indian cinema, such as Mani Ratnam, Ashutosh Gowariker, Anurag Kashyap, Nagesh Kukunoor, and Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

George Eastman Museum celebrates 20 years of Sweet Creations

Rochester, N.Y., October 29, 2015—George Eastman Museum has always been Rochester’s home for the holidays. This year marks the 20th anniversary of Sweet Creations—the exquisite display of dozens of cleverly designed and deliciously decorated gingerbread houses and objects located throughout museum. As one of the Greater Rochester community’s most beloved holiday traditions, the display will be on view November 7 through December 16. 

Brian Ulrich: The Centurion to premiere at George Eastman Museum

Rochester, N.Y., October 23, 2015—The George Eastman Museum will premiere the latest body of work from photographer Brian Ulrich, The Centurion, on October 31. An artist drawn to exploring the visual landscape of America’s consumption economy, Ulrich has spent the last several years photographing sites and people associated with extreme wealth. This exhibition of 23 of his recent photographs will be on view in the museum’s Project Gallery through February 14, 2016.

William Kentridge donates his complete works in time-based media to George Eastman Museum

Rochester, N.Y., October 8, 2015—The George Eastman Museum announced today that William Kentridge has donated the complete set of his films, videos, and digital-born works to the museum. The gift comprises both original negatives and positive prints covering Kentridge’s entire career as a filmmaker, as well as all of the master elements of the renowned artist’s works in electronic and digital media.