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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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Sight Reading: Photography and the Legible World opens this June at the George Eastman Museum

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.

George Eastman Museum Makes 35mm Motion Picture Film from Early Cinema Period

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.

George Eastman Museum announces Garden Vibes summer concerts

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

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