George Eastman House Director Anthony Bannon to Retire in July 2012

. August 7, 2011 . 0 Comments

Longest-standing director in museum history; his tenure includes post-graduate schools, major acquisitions, alliances, and national honors

Dr. Anthony Bannon, director of George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, announced today he will be retiring in one year — on July 31, 2012. He has held the position since 1996, and his 15-year tenure makes him the longest-standing director in the history of the museum. An international search will begin in coming months and Bannon will assist in the search process.

Bannon’s time at Eastman House has been eventful, with the creation of three post-graduate preservation schools, alliances with museums and universities, collectors clubs in large U.S. cities, and many of the most-attended exhibitions in the museum’s 64-year history, as well as the digitization of collections and aggressive social-media campaigns to share Eastman House’s unparalleled collections with the world.

“I am totally invested in George Eastman House and its wonderful extended family, but I feel it is time,” said Bannon, the Ron and Donna Fielding Director. “We have set into place a new and vigorous strategic direction, and it is time for new energy and vision to move that forward. I have been saying for years that our forbearers here at George Eastman House wrote the book about the photograph and film as objects worthy of preservation, of care, and of significance. Now it comes to us to share how these work in history and culture and to use them as vehicles that can carry us to any destination we might choose.”

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