In honor of our newest exhibition, Catherine Opie: 700 Nimes Road, over the course of the next week our Instagram account is going to be taken over by a diverse group of individuals from our community, who will share a portrait of themselves through their home and belongings.
Recently, Jamie M. Allen, associate curator of the Department of Photography, had the opportunity to speak with artist Catherine Opie. Her exhibition, Catherine Opie: 700 Nimes Road, will be on display at the George Eastman Museum beginning October 1, 2016.
George Eastman is known for his work in revolutionizing photography, but did you know that he also had an interest in preventative dentistry? When he was younger, Eastman watched his mother have eight teeth pulled without anesthesia in their own kitchen. He himself lost teeth early in his life.
Challenge: For our first Sight Reading Instagram Challenge, we want you to capture text within the landscape. Signs, symbols, and visual words are everywhere. From the major advertisements plastered on billboards and streets in cities, to more casual hand made signs on rural back roads. Text is everywhere. These signs beg for our attention, change our perception of the landscape, and shape the way we interact with our environment. This week, we challenge you to capture urban text- whether it be formal advertisements on the street, informal signs posted on walls, or other text-- be creative!
Starting this weekend, visitors to the George Eastman Museum will have the opportunity to explore our newest exhibit, Photography and America’s National Parks. National parks are one of America’s treasures- they are spaces of natural beauty that have been set aside in order to protect them. Photography has had a special relationship with these locations throughout their history, and the pieces featured in this exhibit demonstrate this. In order to showcase the photography and the parks themselves, we’ve set up a fantastic lineup of events and activities over the next few months.