Happy Birthday, Aaron Siskind

Posted by on Dec 04 2012 | Photography

On December 4th, Aaron Siskind would have been 110. Here’s a celebratory picture by the great photographer – Happy Birthday Aaron Siskind!

Aaron Siskind (American, 1903-1991) Pullman Porters ca. 1935 gelatin silver print 1969:0081:0009 Copyright Aaron Siskind Foundation

“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.” -Aaron Siskind




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Spirited Away at the Dryden

Posted by on Nov 20 2012 | Motion Pictures

Hayao Miyazaki’s Academy Award-winning masterpiece Spirited Away was Japan’s biggest-ever box office hit and a film that helped redefine the possibilities of animation for American audiences and a generation of new filmmakers.

Wandering through an abandoned carnival site, 10-year-old Chichiro is separated from her parents and stumbles into a dream-like spirit world where she is put to work in a bathhouse for the gods, a place where all kinds of nonhuman beings come to refresh, relax and recharge. Here she must find the inner strength to outsmart her captors and return to her family. Combining Japanese mythology with Through the Looking Glass whimsy, Spirited Away cemented Miyazaki’s reputation as an icon of inspired animation and wondrous, lyrical storytelling.

From our Hayao Miyazaki film series

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Votes For Women

Posted by on Nov 06 2012 | Photography

Nathan Lazarnick-Votes for Women Pilgrimage New York to DC 1913

We received these two lovely photos from our PPCM (Photographic Preservation and Collections Management) student, Meghan Shaw. Megan has been working on cataloging images here at the museum. These photographs are of a small pilgrimage from New York to Washington D.C. in the early 1900s, a great submission for election day.

Today, you have a right to vote – so head over and pull the lever for the curtain. Or, fill in the dots…

Nathan Lazarnick-Votes for Women Pilgrimage New York to DC 1913

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Hayao Miyazaki Film Series

Posted by on Nov 02 2012 | Motion Pictures


Miyazaki’s Spirited Away, perhaps the best known of the studio’s features in the United States, won the Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature in 2002. In 2005 Miyazaki was named one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People.”

Studio Ghibli, founded in Tokyo in 1985 by animation directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, is one of the most successful and well-respected animation studios in the world. Cultivating a creative force of talented directors, animators, and storytellers under the revered brilliance of Miyazaki and Takahata, Studio Ghibli’s films have been praised for their originality, dazzling animation, and epic storytelling. The films have become a beloved part of Japanese popular culture and have garnered worldwide acclaim from audiences and critics alike.
All films dubbed in English.
Friday, Nov. 2, 8 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 4, 2 p.m.
Castle in the Sky
(Tenkû no shiro Rapyuta, Hayao Miyazaki, Japan 1986, 124 min. )

Friday, Nov. 9, 8 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 11, 2 p.m.
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
(Kaze no Tani no Naushika, Hayao Miyazaki, Japan 1984, 116 min.)

Friday, Nov. 16, 8 p.m.
My Neighbor Totoro
(Tonari no Totoro, Hayao Miyazaki, Japan 1988, 86 min.)

Friday, Nov. 23, 8 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 25, 2 p.m.
Spirited Away
(Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi, Hayao Miyazaki, Japan 2002, 125 min.)

Sunday, Nov. 30, 8 p.m. 
Sunday, Dec 2, 2 p.m. 
Princess Mononoke
(Mononoke-hime, Hayao Miyazaki, Japan 1997, 134 min.)



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My Favorite Piece in the Collection (for today at least)

Posted by on Oct 29 2012 | Photography

I started working at Eastman House in 1992 straight out of the MFA photography program at RIT. As a part of that education I had acquired the knowledge of the history of photography as defined by Rosenblum and Newhall and was thrilled to be working in our Museum’s exhibitions department, handling and protecting what, to me, were the most precious images ever made.

My artistic tastes lean to modern and often to constructivist works. But, hands down, what took my breath away was the Museum’s tiny little print of Lewis Hines über-iconic Power House Mechanic. That print epitomized all that I had learned and worked toward. It took my breath away.

Lewis Wickes Hine, Power House Mechanic, (78:0999:0013), 1920

I’ve been captivated by many collection objects as I’ve served in various positions over the last 20 years. My favorites change based on the same things that yours might — I’ve just have the privilege of seeing and being influenced by lots of them. A (very) few of my favorites have been:

Frederick Evans’, Kelmscott Manor, Attics, (81:1198:0005), ca. 1897


Irving S. Underhill’s, Wrenches, (79:1994:0313MP), ca. 1915

Lázló Moholy-Nagy’s, Massenpsychose (Mass Psychosis), (81:2163:0049), ca. 1927

Those images and others by Frantisek Drtikol, Margaret Bourke White, E. J. Bellocq, and more…

I am also constantly inspired by the variety of detail and am soothed by the harmony of pattern in the Museum’s largest collection object — Mr. Eastman’s mansion.

But for the last few years one seldom-seen image has been my favorite. I “discovered” it while doing research for a report a few years ago. It has never been far from my thoughts since.

Edward Steichen. Silk Design (spectacles), 1926. Gelatin silver print. Bequest of Edward Steichen by direction of Joanna T. Steichen. Photograph collection. (1979:2421:0007)

There’s all sort of buzz surrounding the recent appointment of Bruce Barnes as the Museum’s director and he’s been talking a lot in the media and to staff about his goals for Eastman House. One of those goals has resonated with me the most: making a larger portion of the Museum’s collections available for viewing online.  I’m looking forward to working with fellow staff members to achieve that goal. It will allow everyone to enjoy the collections in new ways and to discover more of your “favorites”.  That will be a really wonderful thing to be part of.

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