Catherine Opie: 700 Nimes Road presents recent work by Los Angeles–based artist Catherine Opie, one of the essential figures in contemporary photography. Taken over the course of six months at the Bel Air, California, residence of Elizabeth Taylor (1932–2011), the photographs in the exhibition are selected from two series, Closets and Jewels and 700 Nimes Road.
Inspired by William Eggleston’s images of Elvis Presley’s Memphis estate, Graceland, Opie creates a portrait of Taylor from her personal space and mementos. Opie photographs rooms, closets, shoes, clothing, and jewelry that intimately depict the life of screen star and cultural icon Elizabeth Taylor, compiling an indirect portrait of a life defined by wealth and fame.
With an investigative eye, Opie documents the grandeur and minute details of the home in a range of visual scales. Scrutinizing without revealing the complete picture, objects accumulate, rooms become landscapes, and clothing is transformed into fields of color and texture. Opie’s lens portrays Taylor’s life experience and eccentricity as an illusory subject, one that cannot be specifically designated or precisely described. In the artist’s words, the project is not about the relationship to celebrity, but about “the relationship to what is human.”
Catherine Opie: 700 Nimes Road is organized by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Presentation at the George Eastman Museum is made possible in part by the Rubens Family Foundation, with additional support from St. John's.
With the convenience and ubiquity of computers and smartphones, the majority of photographic images are being recorded digitally rather than on film. As this transformation has broadened access to photographic images—both in making and in viewing—in many contexts it has also obviated the need for photographic prints.
Snapshooters, photojournalists, and commercial photographers rarely produce material objects as the final step in their process. As a consequence, photographs in the form of image-bearing sheets of paper are scarce outside of the art world. Because personal and collective memories are so inextricably intertwined with photographs—the result of the medium’s progressive saturation of everyday life for the past century and a half—this revolutionary change in the production and dissemination of photographic images is altering society’s relationship to memory.
In the midst of this change, many contemporary photographers are making work that addresses, either directly or obliquely, the potential consequences of the medium’s metamorphosis. Some artists dig deep into photographic materials as though searching for the locus of memory, while others incorporate found snapshots into their work as virtual talismans of recollection. Both kinds of work highlight the presence of the photographic object and function as self-conscious meditations on photography’s ongoing reorganization of our mental and physical landscape.
A Matter of Memory: Photography as Object in the Digital Age is generously sponsored by Deborah Ronnen and Sherman Levey.
Diàna Markosian is an Armenian-American photographer whose images explore the relationship between memory and place. Her work has taken her to some of the most remote corners of the world. Her images can be found in publications like National Geographic, The New Yorker, and the New York Times. In 2016, Markosian was announced as a Magnum Nominee. Free to members and students (with ID).
December 2-4 Celebrate the Holidays early along the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail. Sample food and wine pairings and bring home the matching recipes and a souvenir wine glass. Collect 16 different winery ornaments to adorn your grapevine wreath and cross items off your gift list as you use the Holiday Shoppers Card, worth a potential $80 in savings. On Friday, visit Six Mile Creek, Long Point, Treleaven by King Ferry or Montezuma to start your weekend plans. On Saturday, visit Treleaven by King Ferry and Long Point wineries at a special time, 9:00am. All 16 wineries will participate in the event the rest of the weekend. Make sure to hand in your ticket to be eligible to win one of our grand prizes.
Yuletide in the Country Tours & Buffet Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays Dec. 2-4, 9-11, 16-18; Join us as we journey back through time on the snow-covered streets of our historic village to meet characters from the past as they celebrate Christmas with holiday stories and song, lively music, seasonal refreshments and dance. Don’t miss the lighting of the candle-decorated Christmas tree. A delicious supper buffet available. Reservations required for tours and buffet.
Join us for this workshop and explore the process of making Adirondack pack baskets from the beautiful black ash tree. These baskets are functional, durable, and stunning works of art. Learn how to identify the black ash tree and how to properly prepare it for splint making. Experience the process of pounding the wood and peeling up growth rings as we transform this soggy piece of wood into beautiful basket splints Everyone will have the opportunity to make a basket out of black ash, as well as a full size pack basket out of pre-made rattan strips. You will walk away with a beautiful finished basket as well as the tools to take this skill as far as you want!
FEE: $195 Friday 5:00PM - 8:00PM Saturday 9:00AM - 4:00PM Sunday 9:00AM - 4:00PM (Fee includes all materials 15 Students maximum)
Join Corning's Gaffer District for the 42nd annual culmination of the Crystal City Christmas Events Season. Featuring horse and wagon rides, shopping and dining promotions, outdoor entertainment and activities for the whole family. Enjoy craft and food vendors, holiday carolers, and photos with Santa in his Crystal House. A favorite for generations that's not to be missed! This year's event includes the Selfless Elf 5K and ends with fireworks!
$20 per-sale or $25 at the door. Tour of historic homes in the village of Palmyra and 2 museums. Begin at the William Phelps General Store. Many new homes dating throughout the 1800's (315) 597-6981. 4pm to 8pm. Festive decor, fun, food, and friends. You will be impressed and amazed.
Create a woods community with friends new and old as we step into new challenges and possibilities in the forest. Explore how to master the fundamentals of finding food, shelter and fire. Delve into your crafting skills and play the epic games that never end. Foster a deep connection with your peers and mentors—as we all support each other on a journey of discovery, problem solving, leadership and self-reliance.
Some projects we may explore include: Delving into to the creation of fire, Weaving baskets around the fire, Expand your mind through archery, Focused carving projects and coal burning, Nature connection and awareness skills, Creating delicious meals through primitive cooking techniques and wild edibles.
Our teen experiences offer an incredible opportunity live the core practices of wilderness skills with excellent mentors. Our process and small group size ensures an inclusive and supportive group culture from day one. Each meeting will offer new challenges & experiences and we encourage all participants to join us for the optional overnight at Arnot Forest on December 10.
Five Saturdays from 2PM - 8PM culminating with an epic overnight at Arnot Forest
December 10 (overnight at Arnot Forest!)
Ages 13 — 16 Sliding Scale Fee: $235-$335 (add $60 for optional overnight at Arnot Forest)
Celebrate an old-fashioned Christmas in a log cabin, sing Christmas carols, play games in an 1830's barn, and other activities. Enjoy a fun event for the whole family. Free. 5:00-8:30 p.m.
The Burns Sisters are back at the Hangar for another “Home for the Holidays” show during this cold Ithaca winter. Natives of Ithaca, these women have traveled across the world performing various folk tunes. This sister act is known for their harmonies, great lyrics, and joyous energy.