Director's Note

Director's Note: With Thanks

James Card

Universally admired by our museum’s trustees and staff, Steven Schwartz is a strong leader with a keen understanding of the role of a nonprofit board. The museum has greatly benefitted from his term as chair of the Board of Trustees, a responsibility he assumed in 2014 after joining the board in 2005 and serving as an officer for several years. As chair, Steven has emphasized the importance of developing our board and increasing trustee engagement. Deeply committed to giving back to society, he formerly served as treasurer of the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

Director's Note: Collections Now Accessible Online

Image from Sight Reading exhibit

With the recent launch of a new platform, more than a quarter of a million objects from the George Eastman Museum’s world-class collections are now accessible online at You can search or browse our collection in ways never before possible. More objects from the museum’s vast holdings— including films and other objects from the cinema collection—will be added to the museum’s website on an ongoing basis.

Director's Note: Second Floor. Walk Up!

Camera Obscura

Compared to the first floor of George Eastman’s historic mansion—which we restored more than 25 years ago to closely resemble how it looked during his life—we know less about the second floor and how it was decorated, and we have relatively few pieces of furniture that are original to the second-floor rooms. Nevertheless, over the course of the last few years, the George Eastman Museum has made great strides in revitalizing the second floor— and more enhancements are being planned. Walking through the mansion’s second floor has become an important part of the full Eastman Museum experience.

Director's Note: Collaborations and Partnerships

Image from Sight Reading exhibit

Partnerships and other forms of collaboration play an essential role in enabling the George Eastman Museum to broaden its activities and to extend its reach beyond Rochester. Among the Eastman Museum’s most important partnerships are those with the University of Rochester in the field of graduate education. This year is the twentieth anniversary of the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation, the first school of its kind in the United States. 

Director's Note: Come for a Lark

Taryn Simon's Birds of the West Indies

At the George Eastman Museum, we take photography and cinema very seriously—in our preservation and conservation efforts, our scholarship, and our exhibitions. Yet, we recognize and revel in the entertainment and escape that are important in each of these mediums. Over the course of the next three months, the Eastman Museum will be celebrating and interrogating James Bond, one of the longest-running (since 1962) and most successful franchises in cinematic history...

Director's Note: Exhibiting New Work

Taryn Simon's Birds of the West Indies

The George Eastman Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying, and exhibiting photographs and moving images ranging from the earliest examples to newly created works. Because our institution is the world’s oldest photography museum and one of the earliest film archives, our collections are particularly strong in historic works. Yet, the history of photography and moving images extends to the present, and each medium continues with tremendous creative vitality. It is essential that the Eastman Museum actively collect and exhibit contemporary works so that we can present a complete history of these fields to current and future generations...

Director's Note

Taryn Simon's Birds of the West Indies

The George Eastman Museum is an international treasure, with one of the world’s foremost photography and cinema collections. Our institution recently changed its name from George Eastman House, the original name, which denoted the museum’s location on George Eastman’s estate. Our new name better reflects our core identity as a museum—encompassing the breadth of our collections, exhibitions, publications, educational programs, and research—and will reduce misperceptions that our institution’s scope is limited to its cherished house. The three-part mission of the George Eastman Museum remains unchanged: preservation and development of our collections, including the historic mansion and gardens; leadership in the fields of photography and cinema; and service to our communities, in Rochester and beyond.


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