In addition to screening events, Wharton Studio Museum designs and produces multimedia exhibits on Ithaca’s silent film history. Pending the 2019 opening of our bricks & mortar exhibit space in the Tompkins Center for History and Culture in downtown Ithaca, WSM will continue to bring exhibits to the community via public and private spaces. WSM welcomes proposals for on-site re-installations of its past exhibits.

Artifacts Wall - Southern Tier Welcome Center - 2017

Wharton Studio history is excited to be featured on the Artifacts Wall in the new Southern Tier Welcome Center on Interstate 81 in Kirkwood, NY, which opened this past fall after a large-scale renovation.

WSM's exhibit includes a black and white framed image of the Wharton, Inc. studio circa 1915, a small screen playing a clip from a silent film made in Ithaca and some text about Ithaca's silent film history. The Welcome Center focuses on NYS products, as well as history and destinations one can discover while visiting the region. Thank you to Empire State Development for including Central New York film history.  Hope you will pop in to see the new center and WSM's exhibit on your travels on I-81!

Location: Southern Tier Welcome Center on Interstate 81 in Kirkwood, NY

The Biggest Little Fashion City: Ithaca & Silent Film Style - 2016

Winner of the 2018 Richard Martin Exhibition Award from the Costume Society of America!

In 2016, WSM collaborated with Cornell’s Costume & Textile Collection and Cornell University's Department of Fiber Science and Apparel Design on The Biggest Little Fashion City: Ithaca and Silent Film Style, a multimedia exhibit focused on fashion during the silent film era with a focus on Irene Castle and featuring original pieces that Castle wore when she lived in Ithaca and worked for the Wharton Studio.

Location:  Level "T” of the Human Ecology Building, Cornell University, Ithaca NY.

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