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.
“Racism in America is like dust in the air. It seems invisible — even if you’re choking on it — until you let the sun in. Then you see it’s everywhere. As long as we keep shining that light, we have a chance of cleaning it wherever it lands. But we have to stay vigilant, because it’s always still in the air.”
—Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - June 3, 2020.
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
06 Aug, 20Upcoming
You’re Invited to WALK THIS PLAY beginning Friday, July 10, 2020! WSM and The Cherry Arts, in collaboration with The History Center in Tompkins County, proudly present WALK THIS PLAY, a download hub where two unique local walking headphone plays – "The Missing Chapter" and "Storm Country" — can be accessed for the first time without advance tickets — just a $5.00 minimum donation — and whenever audience members desire. Both projects can be downloaded at https://www.thecherry.org/walk-this-play/……29 Aug, 20Upcoming
Featuring THE FRESHMAN (1925) starring the inimitable Harold Lloyd In this year of the pandemic, and with concern for everyone's safety and well-being, WSM is thrilled to bring you Silent Movie Under the Stars as a livestream produced by The State Theatre of Ithaca. With live music by Cloud Chamber Orchestra. As always the event begins at sundown and is free. Join the Livestream on Saturday, August 29, 2020 via Facebook, YouTube, and whartonstudiomuseum.org. Presenting Sponsor for Silent Movie Under the Stars is M&T Bank. More…
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
- 05 Aug
Silent Movie Under the Stars — 10th Anniversary — A Livestream Event on Saturday, August 29th, 2020 at 8pmRead more
Featuring THE FRESHMAN (1925) starring the inimitable Harold Lloyd In this year of the pandemic, and with concern for everyone’s safety and well-being, WSM
- 10 JulRead more
WSM is thrilled to announce it has been loaned a beautiful wooden desk that once was a fixture in the Wharton Studio. Thanks to the
- 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
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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