George Eastman Museum
900 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607 - United States
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 in Rochester, NY on the National Historic Landmark estate of entrepreneur and philanthropist George Eastman, the pioneer of popular photography. Its holdings comprise more than 400,000 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.
Since the mid-1970s, David Levinthal (American, b. 1949) has been exploring the relationship between photographic imagery and the fantasies, myths, events, and characters that shape American culture. David Levinthal: War, Myth, Desire is the first museum retrospective of the Levinthal’s work in more than twenty years and features photographs from all of the artist’s major series to date—including Hitler Moves East (1972–75), Modern Romance (1983–85), Wild West (1986–89), Desire (1991–92), Barbie (1997–98), Baseball (1998–2004), and History (2010–15)—as well as works that have rarely or never been exhibited previously.
Gail Albert Halaban’s Out My Window is both a penetrating exploration of modern community and a group of moving and beautiful photographs. The project started when she moved to New York from Los Angeles. In an effort to combat feelings of loneliness and isolation, she began to use her art as a way of connecting with her neighbors. She starts by explaining her work to potential participants and asking for their involvement. If they agree, Albert Halaban facilitates communication among the neighbors and arranges to photograph one from the window of the other. In this way, Albert Halaban employs photography as a form of social engagement. By connecting strangers who live across the street from each other, Albert Halaban’s expertly composed, beautifully rendered, large-scale photographs encourage viewers to take a fresh look at the people they see every day.
Tours and Programs for Museum Day
12 p.m. - Looking for Frederick Douglass: Resources in Libraries, Museums, and Archives - Frederick Douglass was a highly visible public figure, a popular orator, and a prolific writer and memoirist; he has also been called “the 19th century’s most photographed American.” Two hundred years after his birth, however, locating and bringing together dispersed documentary records of Douglass’s life can be a challenge. While the circumstances of his life and legacy certainly play a role, this elusiveness may have as much to do with the variety of institutions that hold such materials and the differing standards and practices among libraries, museums, and archives.
The Museum will host a conversation about these challenges. The panelists are Jessica Lacher-Feldman, assistant dean, Special Collections and Preservation, University of Rochester; Jennifer Morris, archivist, Anacostia Community Museum, Washington, DC; and Heather Shannon, associate curator, Department of Photography, George Eastman Museum. Ken Fox, head of library and archives, Eastman Museum, will moderate. Join us as we set out to find Frederick Douglass.
10:30 a.m. & 2 p.m. - Historic Mansion Tour
11 a.m. - Gallery Tour in Sign Language
1 p.m. - Gallery Tour
3:30 p.m. - Garden Tour
Explore hands-on activities for all ages in the Discovery Room throughout the day.
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