George Eastman Museum

George Eastman Museum World's foremost museum of photography and cinema located on the historic estate of George Eastman, the pioneer of popular photography.
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Not able to come to our onsite musicales in George Eastman's historic mansion? Society for Chamber Music in Rochester is...
10/16/2020

Not able to come to our onsite musicales in George Eastman's historic mansion? Society for Chamber Music in Rochester is presenting a free virtual concert from our conservatory on Friday, October 23 at 7:30 p.m. EST. Learn more and register at chambermusicrochester.org/concerts

10/15/2020
The Bluest of Blues: Anna Atkins and the First Book of Photographs

Emily Phoenix, Chief Object Preparator, reads "The Bluest of Blues: Anna Atkins and the First Book of Photographs" written and illustrated by Fiona Robinson, and read with the permission of ABRAMS Books. Check out the video and make your own cyanotypes inspired by the book at eastman.org/kids.

Generous support for this video provided by Art Bridges.

This video has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: NEH CARES.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this video, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Emily Phoenix, Chief Object Preparator, reads "The Bluest of Blues: Anna Atkins and the First Book of Photographs" written and illustrated by Fiona Robinson,...

Join us Friday, October 16 at 1 p.m. for a free talk with artist James Welling and Lesley Martin of Aperture Foundation,...
10/14/2020
ONLINE—Artist's Talk: James Welling | George Eastman Museum

Join us Friday, October 16 at 1 p.m. for a free talk with artist James Welling and Lesley Martin of Aperture Foundation, who will discuss Welling's multilayered photographs composed of dance, nature, and architectural images from his series Choreograph, currently on view at the museum. Register now.

This talk has been made possible in part by National Endowment for the Humanities: NEH CARES.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this talk, does not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

James Welling emerged as an artist in the 1970s with the Pictures Generation. Since then, he has become internationally renowned for his exploration of photographic techniques, processes, practices, and history.

"It's called 'Clouds of the paramount chief, 2018' and the title refers to an essay by anthropologist Gaetano Mangiameli...
10/13/2020

"It's called 'Clouds of the paramount chief, 2018' and the title refers to an essay by anthropologist Gaetano Mangiameli. The essay discusses the taboo that rests on the word for 'rainwater' in the chiefdom of Paga
(Upper East Region of Ghana, Africa).

The taboo is linked to the idea that it's not up to humans to claim a leading role in shaping the world. A fact that the Western world forgets or ignores except for when natural disaster strikes.

I like to photograph clouds because they seem without scale and are ever-changing. They are iconic and as such can come in many forms and still be recognized as clouds. The play between repetition and variation is very important in my photographic practice."

--Bruno V. Roels, see his work on view in Gathering Clouds, now at the Eastman Museum.

Museum members, project supporters, and ESL Federal Credit Union employees get a special preview today of the new Thomas...
10/09/2020

Museum members, project supporters, and ESL Federal Credit Union employees get a special preview today of the new Thomas Tischer Visitor Center from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Remember to wear your mask!

This photo shows guests from yesterday exploring the ESL Federal Credit Union Pavilion in the new Tischer Visitor Center.

We've got a new pair of scissors ready for tomorrow (the old ones just weren't cutting it). See you (virtually) tomorrow...
10/07/2020

We've got a new pair of scissors ready for tomorrow (the old ones just weren't cutting it).

See you (virtually) tomorrow at 10 a.m. for the livestream of our ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Thomas Tischer Visitor Center!

Nearly ready to open the doors to the new Thomas Tischer Visitor Center! Join us (virtually) for the official ribbon cut...
10/06/2020

Nearly ready to open the doors to the new Thomas Tischer Visitor Center! Join us (virtually) for the official ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday at 10 a.m. Visit eastman.org/tischercenteropening for details.

The Thomas Tischer Visitor Center's Grand Opening is this week! Here's what you need to:🚧 Wednesday, Oct. 7: museum clos...
10/05/2020
Grand Opening of the Thomas Tischer Visitor Center | George Eastman Museum

The Thomas Tischer Visitor Center's Grand Opening is this week!
Here's what you need to:
🚧 Wednesday, Oct. 7: museum closed to public
🖥️ Thursday, Oct. 8: museum closed to public; watch a livestream of the opening at eastman.org/tischercenteropening
🎉 Friday, Oct. 9: members only preview
🎊 Beginning Saturday, Oct. 10: open to all

Livestream of Grand Opening Livestream begins Thursday, October 8 at 10 a.m. Grand Opening Weekend Details Museum Closed: Wednesday, October 7 and Thursday, October 8 Members Only Opening: Friday, October 9, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.

In just one week, we'll be opening the doors to the new Thomas Tischer Visitor Center! Join us online on Thursday, Octob...
10/01/2020
Grand Opening of the Thomas Tischer Visitor Center | George Eastman Museum

In just one week, we'll be opening the doors to the new Thomas Tischer Visitor Center! Join us online on Thursday, October 8 at 10 a.m. for a livestream of the opening.

Please note, museum is closed to the public on that day. We will open for members only on Friday, October 9, and be open to all beginning Saturday, October 10.

Livestream of Grand Opening Livestream begins Thursday, October 8 at 10 a.m. Grand Opening Weekend Details Museum Closed: Wednesday, October 7 and Thursday, October 8 Members Only Opening: Friday, October 9, 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Open to All: Saturday, October 10, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Missed one of our online talks? Catch up now on YouTube! All of our virtual talks are recorded and are available the wee...
09/30/2020
George Eastman Museum

Missed one of our online talks? Catch up now on YouTube!

All of our virtual talks are recorded and are available the week following the live event on our YouTube channel. Watch your favorite again or catch one you missed.

World's foremost museum of photography and cinema located in Rochester, NY on the historic estate of George Eastman, the pioneer of popular photography.

Wish You Were Here returns next week! Join us on Wednesday, October 7 at 6 p.m. for a virtual talk featuring photographe...
09/29/2020
ONLINE—Abelardo Morell: The Universe Next Door | George Eastman Museum

Wish You Were Here returns next week! Join us on Wednesday, October 7 at 6 p.m. for a virtual talk featuring photographer Abelardo Morrell. Learn more and register now on our website.

Artist Abelardo Morell's work has quite literally been a reflection of nature, often using glass, lenses, and mirrors to make abstractions of his subject matter. Join us for the start of our Wish You Were Here series as Morell discusses a range of his projects throughout his extensive career.

Look at that newly paved parking lot! Smooth as a reel of brand new 35mm film.
09/25/2020

Look at that newly paved parking lot! Smooth as a reel of brand new 35mm film.

09/24/2020
Wish You Were Here | George Eastman Museum

Wish You Were Here is back! Join us (virtually) for our favorite Fall lecture series where photographers to share stories and work from around the world. Register now!

Our first talk is Wednesday, October 7, 6 p.m. EST, and will feature Abelardo Morell, best known for his use of a camera obscura to create stunning natural works.

This photography lecture series has brought artists and photojournalists to Rochester to share their stories and photographs.

Enjoy Gathering Clouds onsite and online! ☁️ Explore our artist audio tour and meteorological audio tour at eastman.once...
09/23/2020

Enjoy Gathering Clouds onsite and online!
☁️ Explore our artist audio tour and meteorological audio tour at eastman.oncell.com
⛅ Tour the gallery onsite and online at eastman.org/clouds
☀️ Enjoy our family-friendly cloud activities at eastman.org/kids

Curious about what happens in our library? Join Ken Fox, Head of Library and Archives, this Friday at 1 p.m. for behind ...
09/22/2020
ONLINE—Ken Fox: New Directions in the Menschel Library | George Eastman Museum

Curious about what happens in our library? Join Ken Fox, Head of Library and Archives, this Friday at 1 p.m. for behind the scenes look at the newest acquisitions and ongoing digitization happening in our library! Register now online.

Not able to attend the live talk? You can watch the recording starting Friday, October 2 at eastman.org/videos.

Take a rare peek inside the special collections vaults of the museum's Richard and Ronay Menschel Library with Head of Library and Archives Ken Fox.

Looking for a peaceful and quiet space in Rochester to rest, meditate, and take a break? Our Rock Garden, West Garden, a...
09/21/2020

Looking for a peaceful and quiet space in Rochester to rest, meditate, and take a break? Our Rock Garden, West Garden, and North and South Lawns are always free for the public to explore and enjoy.

(Note, our parking lot is closed due to construction through Wednesday, Sept. 23, but you're welcome to park there beginning on Thursday.)

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09/18/2020

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09/18/2020

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The Thomas Tischer Visitor Center is nearly ready for you to visit! Members will get a sneak peek on Friday, October 9, ...
09/18/2020

The Thomas Tischer Visitor Center is nearly ready for you to visit!

Members will get a sneak peek on Friday, October 9, and nonmembers can explore the new space beginning Saturday, October 10.

For closures and updates relating to the project, visit our website.

09/17/2020

What's a dichroic solution? Learn more about this colorful liquid, why it is important to photography, and how to make your own at home in this episode of Darkroom Magic!

In support of our Rochester community members who are day after day making their voices heard in the fight for justice a...
09/16/2020

In support of our Rochester community members who are day after day making their voices heard in the fight for justice and racial equity, we have decided to postpone our upcoming virtual events: Gathering Clouds Panel Discussion, Part 1, originally scheduled for Thursday, September 17, and It Can't Not Be Dance Music: New Music Inspired by the Art of James Welling, originally scheduled for Sunday, September 20. More information about new dates will be released soon.

Check out that view! Here's a 360 sneak peek of what the interior of the ESL Federal Credit Union Pavilion looks like in...
09/02/2020

Check out that view! Here's a 360 sneak peek of what the interior of the ESL Federal Credit Union Pavilion looks like in the new Thomas Tischer Visitor Center.

"This is a Cumulonimbus cloud and the nimbus is Latin for 'rain.' These types of cumulus clouds grow very very tall in t...
09/01/2020

"This is a Cumulonimbus cloud and the nimbus is Latin for 'rain.' These types of cumulus clouds grow very very tall in the atmosphere, and they mean business. They are often associated with developing showers and thunderstorms and occasionally could be severe in nature. These clouds can grow very tall in our atmosphere, sometimes reaching 50,000-60,000 feet up."

Explore Gathering Clouds from a meteorological perspective with our audio tour by meteorologist Scott Hetsko. Listen now at eastman.oncell.com.

Unidentified maker. Cumulus, ca. 1918. Gelatin silver prints. Purchase.

This audio tour has been made in part by National Endowment for the Humanities: NEH CARES. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this audio, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities

Calling all film fans and super sleuths: we need your help identifying forgotten and untitled film fragments from our co...
08/31/2020

Calling all film fans and super sleuths: we need your help identifying forgotten and untitled film fragments from our collection! Learn more about the project and share any clues with us by visiting eastman.org/unidentified-films

These films have been made accessible to the public in part by National Endowment for the Humanities: NEH CARES. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this video, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities

Diving into the weekend like...Charles C. Zoller (American, 1854–1934). Bathers at Fine View, [Three women swimmers], 19...
08/28/2020

Diving into the weekend like...

Charles C. Zoller (American, 1854–1934). Bathers at Fine View, [Three women swimmers], 1907 - 1932. Color transparency (Autochrome). Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Lucius A. Dickerson.

Exciting changes to the museum! We're getting fresh concrete poured in front of the Thomas Tischer Visitor Center. Sadly...
08/27/2020

Exciting changes to the museum! We're getting fresh concrete poured in front of the Thomas Tischer Visitor Center. Sadly, this means we will have intermittent parking lot closures; check our website for dates and details.

Rochester Fringe Festival is back and going virtual! Join us Monday, September 20 at 1 p.m. for live music created by FI...
08/26/2020
James Welling: Choreograph | George Eastman Museum

Rochester Fringe Festival is back and going virtual! Join us Monday, September 20 at 1 p.m. for live music created by FIVE BY FIVE - modern chamber music, inspired by James Welling: Choreograph.

Learn more about the exhibition and register for the event at eastman.org/welling.

James Welling’s recent body of work integrates several strands of his artistic exploration over the past forty years.

Explore our new exhibition, Gathering Clouds, which explores the relationship between clouds and photography, now either...
08/25/2020
Gathering Clouds: Photographs from the Nineteenth Century and Today | George Eastman Museum

Explore our new exhibition, Gathering Clouds, which explores the relationship between clouds and photography, now either onsite or online: eastman.org/clouds.

Both experiences include a demonstration video, an audio tour by contemporary artists, and a meteorological audio tour!

Generous support for the virtual tour provided by Art Bridges.

Virtual and audio tours have been made possible in part by National Endowment for the Humanities: NEH CARES.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in these tours, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

From photography’s beginnings, clouds had been central to aesthetic and technological debates in photographic circles. Moreover, they featured in discussions about the nature of the medium itself.

Feeling a little heartbroken because you missed any of our virtual lectures? You can watch them all on our YouTube chann...
08/24/2020

Feeling a little heartbroken because you missed any of our virtual lectures? You can watch them all on our YouTube channel at eastman.org/videos!

Oscar Rejlander (English 1813-1875). Portrait of a young woman, ca. 1860. Albumen print. George Eastman Museum.

Get a peek inside our historic process workshops with our new virtual demonstrations! Process Historian Mark Osterman wi...
08/21/2020
Historic Process Demonstrations | George Eastman Museum

Get a peek inside our historic process workshops with our new virtual demonstrations! Process Historian Mark Osterman will share a variety of techniques from the history of photography and demonstrate these methods live on Tuesday, September 1, October 13, November 3, and December 1. Learn more and register now!

Generous support for this demonstration series provided by Art Bridges.

These demonstrations have been made possible in part by National Endowment for the Humanities: NEH CARES.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in these demonstrations, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

CITY Newspaper's Best of Rochester nominations now open. Consider nominating the Eastman Museum! 🖼️ Best Exhibition: Bea...
08/19/2020
Best of Rochester

CITY Newspaper's Best of Rochester nominations now open. Consider nominating the Eastman Museum!
🖼️ Best Exhibition: Bea Nettles: Harvest of Memory
📱 Best Social Media: Give some love to our photoshopped cats!
✏️ Write in Best At-Home Experience if you loved our GEM at Home programming and videos

Vote now!

VOTE NOW: Best of Rochester 2020 Primary Ballot

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the adoption of the 19th amendment, which granted American women the right to vote....
08/18/2020

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the adoption of the 19th amendment, which granted American women the right to vote. However, many women were prevented from exercising this right. Our new History of Photography rotation examines how photography has shaped women and feminist movements since the mid-1800s. Visit onsite or explore the virtual exhibition at eastman.org/HOP16.

Waldemar F. C. Thode (American, b. Denmark, 1864–1946). [Photo postcard (Katherine Jamieson)], ca. 1915. Gelatin silver print. George Eastman Museum, gift of the 3M Foundation, ex-collection Louis Walton Sipley.

Due to the difficulties with capturing clouds using early photographic techniques, some photographers would draw their o...
08/17/2020

Due to the difficulties with capturing clouds using early photographic techniques, some photographers would draw their own! It gave photographers the option to create a cloudscape fitting to the landscape and subject.

On view at the Eastman Museum: Lala Deen Dayal (Indian, 1844–1905). Jahaz Mahal, between 1879 and 1881. Albumen silver print. George Eastman Museum, gift of University of Rochester Library.

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Entrepreneur George Eastman (1854–1932), the pioneer of popular photography, completed his Colonial Revival mansion on East Avenue in Rochester in 1905 and resided there until his death. He bequeathed most of his assets to the University of Rochester, expressing a desire that his mansion serve as the residence for the university president. The large house, measuring 35,000 square feet, proved far too large for this purpose, especially without a large service staff.

In 1947, the Board of Regents of the State of New York chartered George Eastman House Inc. as an independent nonprofit educational institution—specifically, a museum of photography and allied pursuits created as a memorial to George Eastman. The next year, the University of Rochester donated Eastman’s mansion and surrounding property to the museum. The institution altered its name several times over the ensuing decades, but its mission has remained steadfast: to collect, preserve, study, and exhibit photographic and cinematic objects and related technology from the inception of each medium to the present.

At the museum’s opening in 1949, it was one of only two American museums with a photography department and one of only two American museums with a film department (the Museum of Modern Art also had both). In 1951, the museum opened the beautiful Dryden Theatre, with seating for more than five hundred people, to exhibit films.

The George Eastman Museum’s position as a leader in its fields is founded on the curatorial visions of Beaumont Newhall, James Card, Rudolf Kingslake, George C. Pratt, Nathan Lyons, Philip Condax, and the gifted leaders and curators who followed them. For the first couple decades of the museum’s history, its curators, faced with relatively limited competition from other collecting institutions, were able to develop world-class collections of great breadth, depth, and quality—mostly through generous gifts from photographers, filmmakers, collectors, and corporate donors.

For almost forty years, the museum displayed objects from its collections in the rooms of George Eastman’s mansion. As its collections expanded and experts became more knowledgeable about the nature and importance of appropriate conditions for the storage of photographs and film, a new museum facility became essential.

In 1989, the museum completed construction of a 73,000-square-foot building (more than 70 percent of which is below ground level) that included climate-controlled collection vaults, exhibition galleries, libraries, offices, and photographic conservation and film preservation labs.

Given that George Eastman’s mansion was no longer to be occupied by the exhibition and storage of the photography and cinema collections, a determined group (almost entirely of women), led by Georgia Potter Gosnell and Nancy Turner, undertook the heroic effort of an exacting restoration of the historic mansion and grounds. Based on vintage photographs and other historical evidence, virtually all of the complex decorative interiors of the first floor of the mansion were restored and more than 85 percent of its original furnishings were returned during the two-year process.

Today, visitors to the George Eastman Museum can view at least three temporary exhibitions on photography and cinema in our galleries, tour George Eastman’s mansion and gardens (a National Historic Landmark), and see daily films at the Dryden Theatre.


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I would like to know why the picnic tables which were located at the northeast corner of the property have been moved inside a fenced area. They had been located in an area that was accessible to everyone. Many of us, who live in this area, reside in apartments and condominiums which means that we don’t have our own outdoor space. Personally, I met friends there several times. It was wonderful to enjoy a meal in the beautiful gardens there. We never caused a disturbance, and we made sure to not leave any garbage behind. We all agreed that it was gracious, kind, and neighborly for the GEM to share that space while providing us a place to socialize and maintain safe social distancing. Frankly, moving the tables to within a fenced area seems mean spirited. Mr. Eastman was so generous to the Rochester community! I feel certain that he would want to do whatever he could to help us now. Please consider moving some of the picnic tables back to an area where they can be enjoyed by all!
Hello, I had the pleasure of visiting the estate and museum several years ago. Recently, I posted this estate on a page called Mansions of the Gilded Age. When I did so, I referred to the ghastly act by the University of Rochester President Valentine on removing the “excess” from the mansion, beautiful carved mouldings, wanescotings, and the exquisite painted glass. All of which, to my recollection of the docent’s guided tour, cost the preservation society a considerable sum to reproduce. I’ve tried to research more on the destruction of these precious “excesses,” but to no avail. Am I correct in my recollection, and if so, what were Valentine’s reasons for doing so? Purely religious, derived from his Quaker denomination??
Awesome garden tour via Zoom, thanks you Laura Abbott
Para quem gosta de fotografia antiga, de arquivo de imagem e museu de equipamento fotografico, o antigo Museu Kodak, agora George Eastman Museum, vale a pena a visita. A entrada e' gratuita e fica ali mesmo ao virar dum 'click'
Hope you find this film interesting showing the Eastman Dental Dispensary in 1954-55. The film is about 10 mins and the Dispensary is shown after about 4 minutes.😀
Wondering what photographic history GEM might have regarding carousel history through the years and if a program could be developed and presented to a national organization about it in the fall of 2020?
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My hubby and I drove up from Baltimore, MD to Rochester, NY last weekend for his birthday ... it must have been FATE that you were having a Warner Bros. Cartoon exhibit! I am such a WB groupie ... back in the 70s and 80s, I saw Chuck Jones at the AFI in DC in the 70s; Bob Clampett at Montgomery College (MD); and Mel Blanc at the Smithsonian in DC. I'm thinking about getting a tattoo of Tex Avery's "Owl Jolson" because I love to sing-a!
how do u get pics valued from eastman
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