Wharton Studio Museum hopes you all are keeping well and staying safe in these challenging times of the COVID-19 virus. WSM continues to work -- remotely -- on programming and developing the historic Wharton Studio building in Stewart Park. We remain truly grateful for your support.
Wharton Studio Museum is preserving and celebrating Ithaca's role in early American filmmaking, and developing the historic Wharton Studio building in Stewart Park into a park center with exhibits and installations about film history and the history of the park.WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE'RE DOING
Wharton Studio Museum produces four annual events -- Silent Movie Under the Stars (August); Silent Movie Month (October); Silents Roar! Film Festival (spring); and Party for the Park (September, in collaboration with Friends of Stewart Park) -- in addition to other screenings, presentations and exhibits throughout the year. View our Calendar of Events and Exhibits for full details.EVENTS AND EXHIBITS
UPCOMING EVENTS AND EXHIBITS
- 18 Apr, 20Upcoming
POSTPONED - STAY TUNED FOR RESCHEDULING Join ITHAQA Comic creator and writer Michael Watson for a "Make Your Own Comic:…18 Apr, 20Upcoming
While the Screening & Awards Ceremony for Silents Roar! Film Festival -- the 3rd year of this fest -- was…01 May, 20Upcoming
WSM is thrilled to be, once again, collaborating with Cornell Fashion and Textile Collection, this time on a new installation…09 May, 20Upcoming
POSTPONED - STAYED TUNED FOR RESCHEDULING Wharton Studio Museum enthusiastically invites you to the book launch party for Silent Serial Sensations: The…04 Jun, 20Upcoming
Join WSM and Barbara Lupack for a presentation and signing of her new book Silent Serial Sensations: The Wharton Brothers and…29 Aug, 20Upcoming
Save the Date! Saturday, August 29, 2020 Silent Movie Under the Stars 10th Anniversary! Featuring THE FRESHMAN (1925) starring Harold Lloyd…
TAKE A WHARTON STUDIO MUSEUM SILENT FILM TOUR
WSM has created a Wharton Studio Silent Film Tour. This self-guided tour takes you to a number of Ithaca’s silent movie history locations, beginning with the historic Wharton Studio building in Stewart Park and on to Cornell University’s campus and then on to Upper Treman! It’s fun and informative! WSM thanks Randi Kepecs for her help in producing the tour.
NEW WSM VIDEO ... TAKE A LOOK!
WSM happily premieres its series of 60-second videos! We hope each one gives you a sense of Wharton Studio history and what WSM is doing to highlight it!
Here's Archelaus "Arch" Chadwick who designed and built elaborate sets for Wharton Studio's Beatrice Fairfax, The Great White Trail and Mysteries of Myra.
WSM thanks Ancient Wisdom Productions for its great work on this project! Stay tuned for the next video coming soon....
IN THE NEWS
- 02 Apr
Publication of Silent Serial Sensations: The Wharton Brothers and the Magic of Early Cinema by Barbara Tepa LupackRead more
WSM is thrilled to announce the April 15, 2020 publication of Silent Serial Sensations: The Wharton Brothers and the Magic of Early Cinema by Barbara
- 27 MarRead more
WSM is proud to have helped sponsor production of the inaugural issue of ITHAQA, a new Lovecraftian horror comic book by Ithaca College alum Michael
- 24 SepRead more
Wharton Studio Museum’s popular exhibit Romance, Exploits & Peril — which was installed at Gimme! Coffee on W. State Street all summer-long — is moving to the
- 24 SepRead more
Join us all month-long, as Wharton Studio Museum, in collaboration with Cinemapolis, The Cherry Arts, Cornell Cinema, Historic Ithaca and other wonderful entities, celebrates silent
- 14 Aug
WSM Presents The General for Silent Movie Under the Stars 2019 — Saturday, August 24th — 9th Annual!Read more
It’s official! WSM will be showing The General (1926) starring the inimitable Buster Keaton at Silent Movie Under the Stars on Saturday, August 24,
- 27 JulRead more
Have you had a chance to see this yet? In early May 2019, WSM installed its first permanent exhibit! Ithaca’s motion picture history is highlighted
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What people are saying about Wharton Studio Museum
The Wharton Studio Museum, under the intrepid leadership of Diana Riesman, has been a wonderful addition to Ithaca’s vibrant film scene, shining a light on the city’s fascinating silent film history. In addition to all the events and exhibits that WSM has presented to draw attention to this history, it has also regularly partnered with Cornell Cinema in the presentation of silent films with live musical accompaniment, with the mutual goal of introducing new audiences to the richness of the genre.Mary Fessenden, Director, Cornell Cinema
Ted and Leo Wharton were leading players in the exciting story of silent cinema in the 1910s. The remarkable work of the Wharton Studio Museum has been instrumental in making that story known and keeping it alive more than a century later. Film scholars and cinema enthusiasts alike are in the debt of WSM and its executive director Diana Riesman.Barbara Tepa Lupack, New York State Historian and Public Scholar (2015-2018) & Fellow, Rockwell Center for American Visual Culture