Wharton Studio Era Headphone Walking-Play

WSM Awarded Tompkins County New Tourism Initiatives Grant!

  On May 1st, 2018, WSM was awarded a New Tourism Initiatives Grant ($5,000) from Tompkins County Tourism Program to develop a Wharton Studio Era Headphone Walking-Play in partnership with The Cherry Artspace. Set against the backdrop of the Wharton Studio era and set in Stewart Park, this new play

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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 presents Wharton Studio history at National Arts Club in NYC in March!

Ithaca’s Wharton, Inc. Studio makes its big city debut this coming March when WSM Executive Director Diana Riesman goes to the National Arts Club in NYC to give a presentation about early filmmaking in Upstate New York.  Romance, Exploits & Peril: Inside the Wharton Studio in Ithaca, NY will include Wharton Studio history, as

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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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Silent Movie under the stars

Our 7th Annual Silent Movie Under the Stars is coming up in late August! Stay tuned for details! Last year’s screening of Tess of the Storm Country (1922) attracted our biggest audience to date to Taughannock Falls State Park.  We look forward to a wonderful evening of silent film and live

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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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