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Rachel Pikus is the Manager of Online Engagement at George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film.

Q&A with Lisa Hostetler – Part I

Posted by on Dec 26 2013 | Behind The Scenes, Photography

This month, Lisa Hostetler, PhD, joined the Eastman House staff as Curator-in-Charge of the Department of Photography. We recently spoke with Hostetler about the current state of photography, her interests in the medium, and her plans for working with the Eastman House collection.

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GEH: What made you decide that joining us at George Eastman House was the right decision for you?
Lisa Hostetler: The opportunity to shape the future development of one of the world’s best photography collections was a key factor. The depth and variety of Eastman House’s holdings is impressive, and its legacy of important exhibitions— such as New Topographics—has made the institution an important player in the history of photography.

I want to build on this excellent foundation while working to raise the institution’s profile both nationally and internationally. In order to do this, I will focus on building a dynamic program that activates the collection, brings it up-to-date, and presents it in compelling ways. At the same time, I plan to support the development of new ideas and new voices in the field through temporary exhibitions and publications.

For me, the prospect of doing both historical and contemporary projects was especially appealing, as I’ve always been fascinated with all eras of photography’s history.

GEH: What do you think the role of photography collections and museums is today, given the medium’s ubiquity in our culture?
LH: Photography museums have an important role to play as our culture becomes increasingly saturated with photographic images. In this environment, visual literacy is essential, and good photographs hone our ability to see clearly and understand the world’s complexity. Photographers spend their lives thinking about seeing and com- municating their ideas, and we have a lot to learn from them. By preserving and exhibiting their work, photography museums allow audiences to benefit from their experience. In addition, sometimes a photograph’s scale and physical presence are as telling as its imagery, and museum collections are vital for preserving access to the insights original objects offer.

GEH: How does that affect what we should collect and exhibit?
LH: These factors directly inform collection and exhibition activities. We need to maintain our connection to photography’s history—where it’s been both materially and conceptually— in order to truly understand and appreciate its current situation. I hope to pursue acquisitions and exhibitions that have meaning in the present, but that are informed by an understanding of the past and open to future possibilities.

Read Part II of this Q&A!

 

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Instagram Takeover

Posted by on Dec 11 2013 | Other

Last week, we decided to change things up a bit on Instagram. Taking a break from our own behind-the-scenes photos from around the museum, we handed over the keys to visiting artists Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman for our first Instagram Takeover.

A few days before their lecture as part of our Wish You Were Here series, the takeover week began with Larson and Shindelman posting photos and videos related to trending hashtags.

Eastman House Instagram

Eastman House Instagram

As the week went on, Larson and Shindelman used our Instagram account to document their travels to Eastman House for their lecture on December 5.

Eastman House Instagram

Eastman House Instagram

And when they arrived at the museum, they captured many scenes from deep inside the Department of Photography.

Eastman House Instagram

Eastman House Instagram

In the end, the takeover was a great success! It gave our followers an opportunity not only to engage with contemporary artists connected to the museum, but also to experience a unique view of Eastman House! To see all of their photos, follow us on Instagram at instagram.com/EastmanHouse

Thanks to Nate and Marni for testing out this new concept. Stay tuned in January for our next takeover by a photographer currently featured in our exhibition Astro-Visions.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Join Us This Saturday At The Photo Finish 5K

Posted by on Sep 30 2013 | Other

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This Saturday, October 5 is George Eastman House’s 3rd annual Photo Finish 5K. As a runner and Eastman House’s newest employee, I couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of this race because the event is far from your typical 5K. If you haven’t registered yet, here are five reasons why you should consider joining us at the starting line Saturday morning:

1. 65+ Charities Represented

This race is about Mr. Eastman’s wish to make Rochester the healthiest and best place in the world to live and work. In just two years this event has raised over half a million dollars for more than 60 area non-profits. This year, more than 80 teams have registered and raised $140K+ for more than 65 organizations and they are still going strong. You can still join one of the existing teams, or start your own!

2. 3.1 Miles of Beautiful Scenery

Whether you are a walker, runner, or supporter, this course through the Neighborhood of the Arts never disappoints. Starting and ending at Eastman House, the course is designed to bring you by many other great Rochester organizations including the Memorial Art Gallery, Red Cross, School of the Arts, Visual Studies Workshop, Boy Scouts of America, and the Rochester Museum and Science Center.

3. Prizes For Speed AND Philanthropy

There really is something for everyone when participating in the Photo Finish 5K.

  • If speed is your thing, first, second, and third place male and female prizes will be given in 8 age categories. In addition, top male and female finishers receive $100 to go to his/her favorite charity.
  • If fundraising is more your strength, teams that raise the most money for their chosen non-profit will win EXTRA prize money based on five different categories.
  • And if you show up on race day with the most spirit, there is a very special prize for that, too, called the Crosby Spirit Prize.

 4. Post-Race Activities

Crossing the finish line is just the beginning of the fun. Your race registration gives you access to FREE post-race activities at Eastman House including admission to the Museum, food and drinks, massages from Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage, and a photo booth to capture shots of you and your friends.

5. 5K Cultural Pass

Your Photo Finish 5K entry also includes something that no other race has, a Cultural Pass for one free admission to some of Rochester’s cultural gems, including the Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House, the Memorial Art Gallery, the Rochester Museum and Science Center, the Strasenburg Planetarium, and the Rochester Philharminic Orchestra. What a better way to celebrate your support for the Rochester community!

Ways to get involved…

Register to walk/run here: http://photofinish5k.eastmanhouse.org/

And if you are looking for ways to support Eastman House, please check out the following teams raising money for various projects around the Museum:

 

 

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