Silents Roar! Film Festival Spring 2018 Postponed

This year’s Silents Roar! Film Festival has been postponed and will come back bigger and better in the spring of 2019. Please stay tuned! A silent film festival celebrating short films by Southern Tier middle and high school students. A panel of jurors will select prize winners in a multitude

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Wharton Studio Building Planning & Design Study to be reviewed by City of Ithaca

Re-Envisioning the Wharton Studio Building: Transforming an Ithaca Landmark, WSM’s recently completed planning & design study for developing the Wharton Studio building in Stewart Park will begin review by the City of Ithaca this spring.  The study proposes a new vision and program —  through text, renderings and drawings, an implementation

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Silent Film Poster

Winner of 2018 Richard Martin Exhibition Award

Wharton Studio Museum is super-excited that The Biggest Little Fashion City: Ithaca and Silent Film Style, the exhibit on which we collaborated with Cornell Costume and Textile Collection in 2016, has received the Richard Martin Exhibition Award from the Costume Society of America!

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WSM’s Executive Director Receives Award

WSM’s Executive Director and Co-Founder Diana Riesman received an award from The History Center (THC) on March 1, 2018 at its annual Celebrating History Awards Gala. Riesman was recognized for being “a tireless advocate for Ithaca’s silent film era.”

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WSM and the Cherry Arts Team Up!

January 16, 2018   WSM is thrilled to be partnering with The Cherry Arts to produce a theatre piece in the vein of The Cherry’s Storm Country which premiered in 2016!  Inspired by the Wharton Studio era, the new audio play will be set against the backdrop of Wharton, Inc. and its bustling film production studio in

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WSM receives Legacy Foundation grant for new project with Cherry Arts!

Wharton Studio Museum —  in partnership with the Cherry Arts —  is the thrilled recipient of a grant from Legacy Foundation to develop and produce a new audio walking play set during the heyday of the Wharton, Inc. movie studio and using scenic and historic Stewart Park as its backdrop. The “headphone play” is

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Then & Now: Silent Film on Location in Ithaca, NY

View the past and the present all at once in this presentation of silent film footage shot in the Ithaca area in the early 1900s. This short video shows clips from silent films made in Ithaca overlaid onto video of those same locations today and includes then and now footage

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Silent Film & Cognitive Science

Wharton Studio history at SCSMI Conference On June 4, 2016, WSM’s Executive Director Diana Riesman was invited by Cornell’s Department of Cognitive Science to present a talk with images and film clips about the Wharton Studio at the closing dinner for the Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image

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#OscarsSoWhite

Read #OscarsSoWhite, an informed commentary on this trending topic written by guest author Barbara Tepa Lupack for WSM’s Cinefiles-Ithaca blog. An author and editor of numerous books on American literature, film and culture, Ms. Lupack is a former Fulbright Professor, dean at SUNY/ESC, and a “New York State Public Scholar”. Wharton

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Thank you to WSM 2015 Giving Tuesday Donors!

  Thank you to our December 2015 Giving Tuesday donors! Your generosity and support is greatly appreciated! What? You missed Giving Tuesday? It’s not too late to make a year-end contribution…see how here.

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