Dutch Connection opens on FRIDAY at the George Eastman Museum

WHAT: The annual Dutch Connection floral display

WHERE: George Eastman Museum, 900 East Avenue

WHEN: Opens on Friday, February 9 and will remain in bloom through Sunday, February 25 

WHY: The two-week display is a welcome treat for the eyes and nose in the midst of winter. The museum’s historic Conservatory will be filled with thousands of tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, amaryllis, and freesias, in various vibrant shades—the same colors Eastman featured 100 years ago. In addition, tropical orchids will be displayed throughout the Palm House and Colonnade, courtesy of the Genesee Region Orchid Society. Also on view on the second floor of the mansion are artifacts from George Eastman’s life in 1918.

Public Programming

Dutch Connection Coffee Talks

Saturdays, February 10 & 17, 10 a.m.

Sunday, February 18, 10 a.m.

A casual conversation with Landscape Manager Dan Bellavia. Free for museum members; included with museum admission. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (585) 327-4850. 

Live Music Performances

Sundays, 3 p.m.

February 11: Laura Dubin Trio (Commentary by Jack Garner)

February 18: Gloria Engle, piano; Noemie Raymond-Friset, cello

February 25: Five Points Performance Company

Valentine’s Day Brunch & Film [BRUNCH IS SOLD OUT. TICKETS TO FILM STILL AVAILABLE]

Sunday, February 11

Brunch, 10 a.m., Potter Peristyle-Sold Out

Film Screening, 11:30 a.m., Dryden 

Take a holiday from the Rochester winter with one of Hollywood’s most sweetly romantic films, Roman Holiday (William Wyler, 1953) in the Dryden Theatre. Film-only tickets are available for regular admission rates at the Dryden box office. The event is organized by the Eastman Museum Council and proceeds benefit the George Eastman Museum.

Iris, Color of Desire: Short Silent Films from the Collection

Tuesday, February 13, 7:30 p.m.

In conjunction with the museum’s annual Dutch Connection floral display, this program presents short silent films from the collection with flowers as a main motif. These selected works—curated by Maddi Lopez de Arkaute, a recent graduate of the museum’s L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation—range from 1902 to 1929 and present wide stylistic diversity, from hand- and stencil-applied techniques to additive color processes like Chronochrome and subtractive systems like Kodachrome. Live piano accompaniment by Philip C. Carli. Regular Dryden admission prices; $10 general, $7 members, $5 students. 

Just for Kids: Plant a Bulb 

February 18-24, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Take a piece of Dutch Connection home with you! Drop in to the Curtis Theatre between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to learn about bulbs and how to plant them. Plant a bulb of your own to take home and watch it bloom! For ages 12 & under (accompanied by an adult). Free to members; included with museum admission.

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