Install week is over and the summer shows are up and look fabulous! It is pretty magical to see an exhibition take shape. There are always moments when you are sure it will never be ready in time, but hard work and a dedicated prep team ensure success. After a hectic week we finished cleaning plexi and hanging wall text just in time for a lively and well attended panel discussion and members opening reception for Nature as Artifice. I don’t have any pictures from those events yet, but I do have some to share from the docent training sessions that took place Friday afternoon. Click here if you are interested in becoming a docent at George Eastman House.
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We have two big exhibitions going up this week, which means adrenaline is flowing and the creative services team is working long hours.
The first of the two exhibitions, Nature as Artifice, originated in the Netherlands and was curated by Maartje van den Heuvel. Nature as Artifice looks at the dichotomy between the perception, inspired by the tradition of Dutch landscape painting, of an idyllic agrarian Dutch landscape and the reality of the planned, manipulated landscape for which the Netherlands is known today. The show features work by many well known contemporary Dutch artists including Hans Aarsman, Wout Berger, Cary Markerink and Theo Baart, Edwin Zwakman, Marnix Goossens, Frank van der Salm and others. The photographs in this exhibition are spectacular–there really is something to be said about Dutch light.
As custodians of the collections at George Eastman House part of our mandate is to make sure the material in our care is preserved for future generations. This tenet has been drilled into my brain since my education began, but regardless of my status as museum worker, it has never been easy for me to throw away or destroy a photograph.
Recently I was doing some housekeeping in the Department of Photographs and came across a box of 8 x 10 copy prints made at GEH back before digital. The prints were nice gelatin silver copies of authentic Ansel Adams photographs held in the collection, and were probably made for a curator to aid in planning an exhibition or publication. What do we do with them?
They are not collection material and and we would not want them to show up outside the museum and be mistaken for original Ansel Adams photographs. So after some hesitation, and perhaps a little soul searching, I decided to shred them. And it was kind of fun.
I’ve been showing a lot of photographs of our gardens because they are so glorious right now, but I thought a change of pace might be fun.
So this is what’s been happening underneath the House and Gardens. These pics show our new chiller and HVAC system that work to keep our archives at the right temperature and humidityâ€”important for the preservation of the valuable photographs and films in the GEH collections.
Behind the Scenes at George Eastman House
Installation of Not a Cornfield continues at George Eastman House. We have two more days until the public opening on Friday, May 8th. The opening starts at Eastman House and then continues at the Rochester Contemporary Art Center.
The Not a Cornfield blog reports that this is the first installation of Lauren Bon’s metabolic sculpture and that the exhibition will offer visitors the opportunity to explore some of the sights, sounds, ideas, and legacies of Not a Cornfield and some of the projects it inspired, including Farmlab and the Metabolic Studio, and the local initiative PLANT Rochester.