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360 | 365 George Eastman House Film Festival
It's festival week, with the 360 | 365 George Eastman House Film Festival taking to the Dryden Theatre and other Rochester screens now through May 2. Along with seeing many of the week's 105 films, we hope that you can join us tonight as the festival's Susan B. Anthony "Failure Is Impossible" Award will be given to Oscar®-nominated and Tony Award®-winning director Julie Taymor. The festivities begin in the Dryden Theatre at 6:30 p.m. Hope to see you at the movies!
Visit www.film360365.com for ticketing information and schedules.
Wish You Were Here
Join us for our popular travel photography lecture series, which brings world renowned photographers to the Dryden to share stories and photographs. Generously sponsored by Museum member Dr. Thomas N. Tischer. All lectures are in the Dryden Theatre and are included with admission.
Thursday, May 12, 6 p.m.: Louie Palu
Palu, 2009 Canadian Photojournalist of the Year, will discuss his coverage of the war in Afghanistan. Book signing to follow.
Thursday, May 19, 6 p.m.: Simon Norfolk
Norfolk, winner of the International Center of Photography Infinity Award, will talk about his images of the Afghanistan war that document of the current conflict and respond to photographs by John Burke taken during the Anglo-Afghan war of 1878–1880. Book signing to follow.
Thursday, June 9, 6 p.m.: Oscar Palacio
Palacio, an assistant professor at RIT, will discuss his work that examines the implied narratives and embedded meanings of popular historic Civil War sites. The work is currently on view in the exhibition Still Here.
Sunday, June 12, 5 p.m.: Steve McCurry
Celebrated National Geographic photographer McCurry recently shot the last roll of Kodachrome film. He’ll talk about shooting the roll that traveled with him from New York City to Istanbul, India, and Kansas. Booksigning. Book signing to follow. Sponsored in part by Kodak.
Mother's Day at Eastman House
Visitors on Sunday, May 8, will be treated to a 1:15 special tour emphasizing George Eastman's relationship with his mother, Maria Kilbourn Eastman, and the details of their life together before her 1907 death. The tour is followed by a 3 p.m. musical performance in the Living Room featuring pianist Eun Mi Ko.
Time's running out to view Civil War exhibitions
Our Civil War exhibitions — Between the States: Photographs of the American Civil War, Still Here: Contemporary Artists and the Civil War and Reel Histories: The Civil War in Motion Pictures — are on view only through June 12.
Special events in May include a banjo recital by Ben Proctor, featuring music of the Civil War on Sunday, May 22, at 3 p.m., and a poetry/prose reading of Civil War-era works Saturday, May 7, 1:30 p.m., by staff members of Writers & Books. This event, in the Curtis Theatre, is free with admission and free to Eastman House and Writers & Books members.
Historic Plant Sale returns
Exclusive to Eastman House, the Museum's Plant Sale offers perennials and woody plants that have been grown from seeds, divisions, cuttings and offshoots from the Museum’s historic gardens. Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Members preview begins at 9 a.m.
Drawing Negatives By Hand
A workshop for the artist who uses photography, this is an experimental class for those who are willing to brave a convergence of new and old photographic territory. Drawing and painting skills are helpful but not necessary. This session runs from Monday through Wednesday, May 16–18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact Stacey VanDenburgh at firstname.lastname@example.org or (585) 271-3361 ext. 323.
Be part of RIT Big Shot 2011
Plan now to join Rochester Institute of Technology and The Strong's National Museum of Play on Thursday, May 5, for RIT Big Shot 2011, which this year focuses on The Strong: National Museum of Play. (George Eastman House was the second-ever subject of Big Shot in 1988.)
The Big Shot is a spectacular nighttime photograph taken by RIT photographers using an open shutter and the dramatic technique of timed exposure. The community is invited to "paint the building with light," with hundreds of volunteers using flashlights or camera flash to illuminate the building's exterior.
No advance registration — just meet outside on the Manhattan Square side of the museum by 7:45 p.m. for the 8:30 p.m. shoot. Each participant will receive a free color print of the Big Shot courtesy of Nikon Professional Services, if requested.
Learn more at www.museumofplay.org or www.rit.edu/bigshot