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8 November 2013

George Eastman House has appointed Lisa Hostetler as curator-in-charge of the Deptartment of Photography, a post she will assume before the end of the year.

Hostetler. Exciting plans for Eastman House, including more online access and contemporary works.

Hostetler most recently was curator of photographs at the Milwaukee Art Museum, where she served for seven years. Her most recent exhibition, Color Rush: 75 Years of Color Photography in America, included 22 photos from the Eastman collection. Color Rush: American Color Photography from Stieglitz to Sherman, her book based on the exhibition, has been very well received.

In accepting the position, Hostetler remarked that the Eastman House's "collections are among the best in the world, and offer tremendous opportunities for scholarship, touring exhibitions and online access." She also affirmed her commitment to building the collection's holding of works by contemporary artists.

She received a B.A. in Art History from New York University and a Ph.D. in the History of Art from Princeton University. At Princeton, she specialized in the history of photography, wroting her dissertation on Louis Faurer under the direction of Peter Bunnell.

She went to Milwaukee in April 2005 after four years in the Department of Photographs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. She also spent several years at the Howard Greenberg Gallery.

From 2000 to 2002, she taught the History of Photography as an adjunct professor at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and has taught courses in both the history of photography and museum studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Text of the official announcement follows.

George Eastman House announces Dr. Lisa Hostetler as Curator-in-Charge of its Department of Photography

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- George Eastman House announced today the appointment of Lisa Hostetler, Ph.D., as curator-in-charge of its Department of Photography. She will assume this role prior to year-end.

Hostetler brings nearly 20 years of academic and museum experience to her new position with George Eastman House. She is currently the McEvoy Family Curator for Photography at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.

Hostetler was previously curator of photographs at the Milwaukee Art Museum for seven years. Color Rush: 75 Years of Color Photography in America, her final exhibition and book project in Milwaukee, included 22 photographs from the George Eastman House collection. During her tenure at the museum, she also organized several other exhibitions, including Taryn Simon: Photographs and Texts, which toured internationally; Street Seen: The Psychological Gesture in American Photography, 1940-1959; Unmasked & Anonymous: Shimon & Lindemann Consider Portraiture; Photographs from the End of the Earth; In Living Color: Photographs by Saul Leiter; and The American West 1871-1874: Photographs from the American Geographical Society Library.

"I met with many talented curators during our search process, but from its inception I considered Dr. Hostetler to be the leading candidate for this important position," said Bruce Barnes, the Ron and Donna Fielding Director at George Eastman House. "I had spent time with her on several occasions while she was at the Milwaukee Art Museum and was extraordinarily impressed with her knowledge of the history of photography and sharp eye for contemporary art. Her Color Rush exhibition was perhaps the most beautiful photography survey I have seen, and her early career retrospective of the works of Taryn Simon was a stunning revelation."

"I am honored to take the role of leading George Eastman House's photography department into the future," said Hostetler. "The museum's collections are among the best in the world, and offer tremendous opportunities for scholarship, touring exhibitions and online access. I am eager to make the most of the historic collection and share the institution's renewed commitment to building its holdings of works by contemporary artists."

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