George Eastman Museum

The George Eastman Museum has been awarded a $250,000 grant to conserve more than 1,000 South Asian films. 

A grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services will be used to conserve films which need urgent rehousing and cleaning to prevent decay. The grant program, Museums for America, will also allow all audiences to access the films for free once cataloged.


The George Eastman Museum becomes the last of Rochester’s major museums joining the coronavirus pandemic Phase 4 reopening.

Sunday’s re-opening comes after a delay due to construction of a new visitors' center, part of a series of renovations at the photography museum at 900 East Ave. The reopening also coincides with three new exhibitions at the museum.

The Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester Museum & Science Center, The Strong National Museum of Play and the Susan B. Anthony Museum have already reopened.


The George Eastman Museum  will reopen to the public on Sunday, July 19, at 11 a.m.

The museum, which has been closed since March 13 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, was unable to open when Phase IV began in the Finger Lakes due to the ongoing construction of the Thomas Tischer Visitor Center. Some other area museums opened back up, with some restrictions, in late June.

The museum will be open for museum members only on Friday, July 17, and Saturday, July 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., before opening to the general public on Sunday, July 19.


Longtime local film critic Jack Garner has died. The Democrat & Chronicle, where Garner worked for decades, says he died Sunday at the age of 75.

Garner’s wife, Bonnie, was quoted in the D&C saying they would have celebrated their 50th anniversary next month and they were planning to take international trips after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Earlier this year, Garner was elected an Honorary Trustee of WXXI and The Little Theatre (which is operated by WXXI).

Provided by Judith Schaechter

Had it been a minute faster, or a minute slower, on a 2,825-mile journey, the Titanic might have been just another passenger ship that never met an iceberg.

That's the cruelty of timing. We're seeing it now in the arts, as musicians gauge whether they should release a new work in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, or wait until it's OK to throw a party.


As a longtime Rochester resident facing a roomful of city and county movers and shakers, Thomas Tischer alluded to the piles of architectural renderings whose promise never sees the light of day.

"Beyond plans," he said, sitting in the Dryden Theater on Monday morning, "you want reality."


It was a little more than seven years ago that a handful of diesel fume-belching bulldozers, excavators and front-end loaders began gnawing away at a nondescript parking lot in downtown Rochester. Broken brick and chunks of asphalt were hauled away in dump trucks. Like a team of archaeologists revealing the signs of a forgotten civilization, work crews scraped away layers of debris to uncover the foundation of the old RKO Palace Theater.

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The George Eastman Museum says it will honor the late actor  and Rochester native Robert Forster on Saturday, November 2 with special screenings of Medium Cool (1969) at 1 p.m. and Jackie Brown (1997) at 4 p.m. in the Dryden Theatre.

A longtime supporter of the George Eastman Museum, Forster was first elected to its board of trustees in 2001 and served as a trustee until 2010, when he was elected as a trustee emeritus.

George Eastman Museum

There’s a big renovation project underway at the George Eastman Museum.

The restoration involves the Colonnade, a passageway between the Palm House and the dining room in George Eastman’s historic mansion.

Museum Director Bruce Barnes says it’s a critical part of the museum since it is the only interior route between the museum’s main entrance and galleries, and the historic mansion and Terrace Garden.

But Barnes says it needs some work.

The Strasenburgh Planetarium at the Rochester Museum & Science Center is using the facility’s new digital projection system to show off a new program called "The Eagle has Landed," which re-creates what the Apollo 11 astronauts saw outside the window of the lunar module as they landed.

The show uses archival film and audio to enhance the experience for those watching the show.