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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On this day in 1865, Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas, with the news that the more than 250,000 enslaved bla...
06/19/2020
The Historical Legacy of Juneteenth

On this day in 1865, Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas, with the news that the more than 250,000 enslaved black people in the state, were free by executive decree. This day came to be known as “Juneteenth,” by the newly freed people in Texas.

Do you know the story of Juneteenth? Learn more and see historic photographs of the celebration with NMAAHC: https://s.si.edu/2IrWZWG

Juneteenth is a monumental yet often overlooked event in our nation’s history. On June 19, 1865, enslaved African Americans in Galveston Bay, Texas, were notified by Union troops they, along with all other enslaved black people in the state, were free by executive decree.

Want to learn how to make Eliza's Bread Pudding from George Eastman's 1918 recipe book? We're hosting a free virtual Yel...
06/18/2020
From the Cookbook of George Eastman: Yelp Bakes Bread Pudding, Rochester, NY

Want to learn how to make Eliza's Bread Pudding from George Eastman's 1918 recipe book? We're hosting a free virtual Yelp event tonight at 7 p.m.!

Part cooking show, part Q&A with curator Kathy Connor who can answer all your Eastman questions.

Register now!

Join Yelp Rochester and George Eastman Museum for an evening of baking from the cookbook of entrepreneur, philanthropist, and Rochester, NY heartthrob: George Eastman. We'll be lead through a recipe for Eliza's Bread Pudding by the team at George Eastman Museum, who will share some anecdotes from th...

As a Jewish child during the Holocaust, Dina Dar and her family used false identities to hide from the Nazis in Poland. ...
06/17/2020

As a Jewish child during the Holocaust, Dina Dar and her family used false identities to hide from the Nazis in Poland. This experience profoundly influenced her work.

Learn more and explore the History of Photography through the immigrant lens online at eastman.org/HOP15

Dina Dar (American, b. Poland, 1939–1995). Dina's Coat, 1990. Electrostatic print. George Eastman Museum, gift of Reuven, Nily and Jonathan Dar in memory of Dina Dar. © Reuven Dar

06/16/2020

It's storytime! Jamie M. Allen, Stephen B. and Janice G. Ashley Associate Curator in the Department of Photography, reads A is for Applebiting Alligators, a book by Bea Nettles. Follow along with our activity pages at eastman.org/kids.

06/10/2020
In Conversation: Artist Alejandro Cartagena & Associate Curator Heather Shannon

Missed our talks featuring artist Alejandro Cartagena? Both the English and Spanish version are now available on YouTube.

See the full virtual exhibition, audio tour, and process videos at eastman.org/cartagena.

Alejandro Cartagena (Mexican, b. Dominican Republic, b. 1977). Detail from Family Vacation (after Roma)/ Vacaciones familiares (después Roma), 2019. Altered gelatin silver print. Courtesy of the artist. © Alejandro Cartagena

Artist Alejandro Cartagena and Associate Curator Heather Shannon will discuss Cartagena's work in his exhibition Photo Structure / Foto Estructura live onlin...

“I Sell the Shadow to Support the Substance." These are the words that abolitionist and activist Sojourner Truth had pri...
06/08/2020

“I Sell the Shadow to Support the Substance."

These are the words that abolitionist and activist Sojourner Truth had printed on collectible carte-de-vistes that were sold in order to support her speaking tours, where she would address the abolition of slavery and advocate for women's rights. Truth recognized the power of photography to fuse her celebrity with her social message.

Corydon C. Randall (American, b. Canada, 1846–1907). Sojourner Truth, ca. 1881. Albumen silver print. Museum accession.

The George Eastman Museum stands in solidarity with all who are non-violently protesting and actively opposing the socia...
06/03/2020

The George Eastman Museum stands in solidarity with all who are non-violently protesting and actively opposing the social injustices, racism, and discrimination that continue to plague our nation.

We are appalled by the killing of George Floyd and numerous others, and we mourn their deaths. We condemn the ongoing oppression of and violence against Black Americans, and we denounce the unconstitutional suppression of dissent.

As a museum of photography and moving images—two of the most powerful mediums for documenting, observing, feeling, analyzing, and understanding past and present social injustices in the world—we must better serve as a forum for dialogue and greater awareness.

The George Eastman Museum must and will now turn our efforts to how we can serve as a progressive force in the face of the tenacious violence and injustice against Black Americans. We will strive to advance our commitment to being an accessible and inclusive institution—in our visitors and the broader community we serve, our staff, our Board of Trustees, and our exhibitions and programs.

Peek inside the books featured in Bea Nettles: Harvest of Memory with Jamie M. Allen, Associate Curator in the Departmen...
05/29/2020
ONLINE—Curator's Gallery Talk: Jamie M. Allen | George Eastman Museum

Peek inside the books featured in Bea Nettles: Harvest of Memory with Jamie M. Allen, Associate Curator in the Department of Photography!

Join us Friday, June 5 at 1 p.m. for a live online discussion and look into these unique works. Register now!

Jamie M. Allen will guide visitors through Bea Nettles: Harvest of Memory.

The Townson Terrace Garden was designed in 1905 by Alling de Forest and was inspired by formal Italian gardens.Patritzio...
05/28/2020

The Townson Terrace Garden was designed in 1905 by Alling de Forest and was inspired by formal Italian gardens.

Patritzio the cat is also Italian. Wait... really? Oh, pardon, he was badly photoshopped using an Italian graphic of a cat.

05/27/2020
Alejandro Cartagena: Matting Works for Photo Structure / Foto Estructura

Want to learn how Alejandro Cartagena creates his works on view in Photo Structure / Foto Estructura? Register now for a live discussion with Cartagena and see the exhibition virtually: eastman.org/cartagena

Thursday, May 28, 1 pm for Spanish
Friday, May 29, 1 pm for English

(Note: video is silent)

Want to go camping like George Eastman? You can see the equipment he took with him in our Collections Online!George East...
05/26/2020
Results | Search Objects | George Eastman Museum

Want to go camping like George Eastman? You can see the equipment he took with him in our Collections Online!

George Eastman & companions at campfire at night, Wyoming Trip, 1908. Negative, gelatin on nitrocellulose roll film. GEM Collection; Gift of Kodak.

Explore the George Eastman Museum's collections online. More than a quarter of a million objects from the photography, technology, and George Eastman Legacy collections are now searchable, and more of the museum's vast holdings will be added on an ongoing basis.

The original entryway into George Eastman's historic mansion has been unveiled after 30 years! Construction has resumed ...
05/22/2020

The original entryway into George Eastman's historic mansion has been unveiled after 30 years!

Construction has resumed onsite, and as part of this, we've removed the green vestibule that once covered this decorative feature.

George Eastman's living room was a community meeting space, where he gathered powerful figures in Rochester to help impr...
05/21/2020

George Eastman's living room was a community meeting space, where he gathered powerful figures in Rochester to help improve the community, like creating the United Way.

Mr. Grumbles, our badly photoshopped kitty, is using the living room to remind us that he needs more treats.

Looking for some new recipes? Check out our tips and tricks for making the historic recipes from George Eastman's Camp C...
05/18/2020
George Eastman Museum

Looking for some new recipes? Check out our tips and tricks for making the historic recipes from George Eastman's Camp Cookbook, then share what you've made!

It's Friday! 🥂 We’ve teamed up with Cure. & Rochester Cocktail Revival to create cocktail inspired by George Eastman. Yo...
05/15/2020
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It's Friday! 🥂 We’ve teamed up with Cure. & Rochester Cocktail Revival to create cocktail inspired by George Eastman. You can order the Kodacolor (Sparkling Wine, Peach, Ginger) for delivery (Wednesdays) or pickup (Thursday-Sunday) over the next two weeks.

Want to make at home? Here's the recipe!
3/4oz peach syrup
1/4oz ginger syrup
5oz sparkling wine

Why these flavors?
We know George Eastman loved Champagne, particularly one that had no sweetness to it 🍾
We also know that during Prohibition, while he mainly stuck to the rules, he made a peach wine that he found quite delicious 🍑
And the ginger? Cause it's George! You've got to add some spice 😉

The #EastmanKitties are back from exploring Rochester and are going to take a quick cat nap in George Eastman's Little L...
05/13/2020

The #EastmanKitties are back from exploring Rochester and are going to take a quick cat nap in George Eastman's Little Library. Missed their adventure? Check out The Little Theatre, Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, Rochester Museum & Science Center & The Hochstein School!

Wish you could be in George's Little Library? This is one of our Zoom backgrounds (without the badly photoshopped cats). See them all and download at eastman.org/zoom.

Workout, cook, relax, and garden like you're George Eastman! We've assembled some marvelous objects from our collections...
05/12/2020
Eastman Museum in your Home Gym, your Kitchen, and your Garden!

Workout, cook, relax, and garden like you're George Eastman! We've assembled some marvelous objects from our collections to inspire you at bit.ly/EastmanAtHome.
🥂Make (or order) a George inspired cocktail from @cure_bar
💪Get fit with our 1917 exercise film
🍳Try making some of George's recipes
🎶Listen to George's favorite songs played on our Aeolian Pipe organ

Looking for some gardening inspiration? Join us on Friday, May 15 at 1 p.m., for a webinar with Kathy Connor, Legacy Cur...
05/11/2020
ONLINE—Focus 45: Eastman's Gardens Then and Now | George Eastman Museum

Looking for some gardening inspiration? Join us on Friday, May 15 at 1 p.m., for a webinar with Kathy Connor, Legacy Curator, as she shares how George Eastman's gardens were created and how they have changed over the last 115 years. Register now!

Legacy Curator Kathy Connor will take you on a tour of the historic gardens from 1905 when George Eastman first moved in, through the eventual changes that took place after his death when the mansion became the residence of University of Rochester presidents.

Happy Mother's Day!James Jowers (American, 1939–2009). Tompkins Square Park, 1967. Gelatin silver print. George Eastman ...
05/10/2020

Happy Mother's Day!

James Jowers (American, 1939–2009). Tompkins Square Park, 1967. Gelatin silver print. George Eastman Museum, Gift of the photographer.

Elizabeth Chiang, museum photographer, shares how the museum beta tested a new color reference target. What is that? It ...
05/09/2020
A Full Circle: the DT NGT2 returns to George Eastman Museum

Elizabeth Chiang, museum photographer, shares how the museum beta tested a new color reference target. What is that? It ensures that when we take photographs of objects, regardless of technology, that we're accurately capturing the colors in digital! Learn more on our blog.

Elizabeth Chiang, museum photographer, shares how the museum beta tested a new color reference target. What is that? It ensures that when…

Today, May 8, 2020, marks the 75th anniversary of V-E Day, a day celebrating the defeat of Nazi Germany and the end of W...
05/08/2020
Motion Picture Industry Red Cross War Fund Week Trailer

Today, May 8, 2020, marks the 75th anniversary of V-E Day, a day celebrating the defeat of Nazi Germany and the end of World War II.

In honor of this celebrated day, the George Eastman Museum is proud to partner with WXXI in broadcasting a digitized short promotional film from the museum’s collection. The 4-minute film from 1945 features Ingrid Bergman, who asks theater patrons to support the Red Cross in World War II.

It will air tonight at 8:55 p.m. on WXXI-TV, immediately following the broadcast of Boston Symphony Orchestra 360.

In honor of V-E Day, WXXI is proud to partner with the George Eastman Museum in broadcasting a

Tomorrow (5/8) at 8:55 p.m. on WXXI, see a preserved film from our collection with an introduction by Peter Bagrov, cura...
05/07/2020
WXXI

Tomorrow (5/8) at 8:55 p.m. on WXXI, see a preserved film from our collection with an introduction by Peter Bagrov, curator in charge of the Moving Image Department!

In honor of V-E Day, WXXI is proud to partner with the George Eastman Museum in broadcasting a digitized short promotional film from GEM’s collection. The 4-minute film from 1945 features Ingrid Bergman, who asks theater patrons to support the Red Cross in World War II! It will air Friday at 8:55 p.m. on WXXI-TV, following the broadcast of Boston Symphony Orchestra 360.

Installing an exhibition is an intense and detailed process that is the result of months, if not years, of planning and ...
05/07/2020

Installing an exhibition is an intense and detailed process that is the result of months, if not years, of planning and work. Some badly photoshopped cats are better at helping with than others (Get off the floor, Sir Floofsalot, you're embarrassing us in front of our friends).

05/06/2020
How to Sew a Frame Curtain

Chief object preparator Emily Phoenix shares how to sew a frame curtain. These curtains help protect photographs that are more light sensitive in exhibitions.

Today is Giving Tuesday, and we are asking you to give us the gift of sharing. Here are some easy ways that you can mean...
05/05/2020

Today is Giving Tuesday, and we are asking you to give us the gift of sharing. Here are some easy ways that you can meaningfully support the Eastman Museum, beyond becoming a member or being a donor.

1. Share your favorite content with your Facebook friends
2. Forward our e-newsletters to family and friends
3. Post photographs of yourself at the museum and share your favorite memories
4. Use our Zoom backgrounds (available at eastman.org/home) during your meetings
5. Share photographs or videos of yourself completing activities, like George's recipes or our flipbook, on social media
6. Watch a film at the Virtual Dryden Theatre

Thank you for your support!

Scott & Van Altena (American). [Postman], 1913. Digital positive from the original negative. George Eastman Museum, gift of John W. Ripley.

05/04/2020
How to Make a Playdough Zoetrope

(STROBE WARNING: Please note, this video uses strobe lights at the end)

Want to make your own zoetrope? Andrew Salomone, senior exhibitions and programs preparator, shares how to create one using homemade playdough, and bring it to life with your mobile device!

We are working on some new content... What would you like to see? Behind the scenes videos or curator's tours? Fun objec...
05/03/2020

We are working on some new content... What would you like to see? Behind the scenes videos or curator's tours? Fun objects from our collection? Beautiful garden photos?

Lewis Hine (American, 1874-1940). Art School [The Walden School]. Gelatin silver print. George Eastman Museum. Gift of the Photo League Lewis Hine Memorial Committee.

05/01/2020
A Tour of Bea Nettles: Harvest of Memory: Motherhood

Want to learn more about the works of Bea Nettles? Jamie M. Allen, Stephen B. and Janice G. Ashley Associate Curator, Department of Photography, gives us a deeper look into the works relating to motherhood.

Watch now, then join us tomorrow, Saturday, May 2 at 1 p.m., for our virtual panel discussion on being a mother, artist, and educator, featuring Bea Nettles, Rania Matar, and Jessica Todd Harper. Learn more at eastman.org./nettles.

Alejandro Cartagena finds discarded photos, and uses a sharp blade to remove figures, faces, and reconfigure the works, ...
05/01/2020
Alejandro Cartagena: Photo Structure / Foto Estructura | George Eastman Museum

Alejandro Cartagena finds discarded photos, and uses a sharp blade to remove figures, faces, and reconfigure the works, creating strange yet familiar pieces.

Explore the full exhibition online at eastman.org/cartagena. Includes text, audio, & video in both English and Spanish.

For his latest work, Alejandro Cartagena sifts through landfills for discarded photographs, then excises figures, faces, or other details from the photographs.

Did you know the Dryden Theatre is streaming movies online? You can enjoy new releases, with our signature Dryden introd...
04/30/2020

Did you know the Dryden Theatre is streaming movies online? You can enjoy new releases, with our signature Dryden introduction, from the comfort of your home! The #EastmanKitties just finished screening our new release, SOMEONE SOMEWHERE (2019), and they give it two paws up.

04/29/2020
Darkroom Magic: Making a Gelatin Emulsion

Did you know the substance that allows us to capture images on glass, is the same as what we use on 35mm film and other light-sensitive products?

Nick Brandreth, Historic Process specialist at the George Eastman Museum, shares what goes into making a gelatin emulsion, one of the magical ways we can capture images.

The Brownie Camera was a long-running popular series of Kodak cameras that were meant to be simple and inexpensive. This...
04/28/2020
Results | Search Objects | George Eastman Museum

The Brownie Camera was a long-running popular series of Kodak cameras that were meant to be simple and inexpensive. This camera led to the massive popularization of photography! See examples of Brownie Cameras, like this No. 2A Brownie Model C, and related advertisements in our Collections Online.

Explore the George Eastman Museum's collections online. More than a quarter of a million objects from the photography, technology, and George Eastman Legacy collections are now searchable, and more of the museum's vast holdings will be added on an ongoing basis.

We have a fresh new batch of digitized films from our collection that are available online, including a short promotiona...
04/26/2020
Digitized Films Online | George Eastman Museum

We have a fresh new batch of digitized films from our collection that are available online, including a short promotional film from 1945 that features Ingrid Bergman asking theater patrons to support the Red Cross in World War II!

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Museum History

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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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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