Romance, Exploits & Perils

Wharton Studio Museum Exhibit: Romance Exploits and Perils

In 2011 Wharton Studio Museum produced Romance, Exploits and Peril: When Movies Were Made in Ithaca, a county-wide 8-part multimedia exhibit celebrating a time, over 100 year ago, when two brothers, Theodore and Leopold Wharton, happened upon Ithaca, New York and made filmmaking history.

The premier installation was a 90-foot sculptural timeline at the Tompkins County Public Library. Other exhibit locales were Gimme! Coffee on W. State Street; the State Theatre; Petrune; the Crescent office building, once a vaudeville theatre; GIAC; Cayuga Medical Center; and Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport. An illustrated exhibit guide was available throughout the area providing a map for all locations.

Each exhibit was complete with historical text and rare photographs, some even showed silent film clips. They all chronicled the events that led to, and helped hasten, the rise of Hollywood in the early 20th century.

All photographs of the Romance, Exploits & Peril exhibit by Robyn Wishna.
Historical photographs courtesy of The History Center.

(click on any image to view all as a slideshow)