History of Photography | Beyond the Nest (Rochester)

History of Photography

*The event has already taken place on this date: Sun, 01/03/2021
“This selection of photographs commemorates the centennial of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment to the US Constitution. Passed by Congress in 1919 and ratified on August 18, 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment granted American women the right to vote (though many women continued to be prevented from exercising that right). This installation examines how photography has portrayed, and fundamentally shaped, perceptions of women and feminist movements since the mid-1800s.

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The selection of works on view includes portraits of suffragist Susan B. Anthony and abolitionist Sojourner Truth, documents related to Civil Rights Era feminists Angela Davis and Gloria Steinem, and artworks by Julia Margaret Cameron and Carrie Mae Weems. Since its invention, photography has played an instrumental role in picturing women around the world as they fight for their basic human rights. A broad array of objects—from tintypes and card-mounted photographs to ID badges and images by celebrated photojournalists Margaret Bourke-White and Stephanie Sinclair—showcases the diversity of the George Eastman Museum’s photography collection. 

This rotation in the History of Photography Gallery was curated by Lisa Hostetler, curator in charge, Department of Photography; Jamie M. Allen, Stephen B. and Janice G. Ashley Associate Curator; and master’s students in the Photographic Preservation and Collections Management program Rebecca Gourevitch, Forrest Soper, Maya Swann Vitale, and Xiaochun Wang.

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George Eastman Museum


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Rochester, NY, 14607
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10 am - 5 pm Wednesday through Saturday, 11 am - 5 pm Sunday
Adults $15 Seniors (65+) $13 Students (with ID) $5 Ages 5-17 $5 Ages 4 & under Free Members Free


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