Tompkins County Public Library

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Romance, Exploits & Peril: When Movies Were Made in Ithaca

Exhibition Opening Sept, 29, 2011
Depicting the history of the Wharton brothers’ silent film studio in Ithaca this installation is presented by IMPP, the Ithaca Motion Picture Project and will be on display at TCPL through November 8, 2011. 

Created by award-winning architect Todd Zwigard in collaboration with Art & Anthropology principals Jason Otero and Joe Lamarre, the timeline allows viewers to walk through the exhibit as if on a film set. The exhibit puts the Wharton movie studio and the movies made in our community in context of the history of the motion picture industry.  The Wharton brothers established their studio in present day Stewart Park and transformed Ithaca, with its dramatic natural landscapes built around a bustling town with a thriving academic community, into a center for early movie-making.