Earl I. Sponable (1895-1977) spent a lifetime contributing to the research and development of the film industry. Shortly after graduating from Cornell in 1916 with a degree in chemistry, Sponable went to work with Theodore Case in Auburn, NY. The two men set up the Case Research Lab, and would develop the first commercially successful sound-on-film system. Sponable became the Technical Director of Research and Development for Fox Films (later 20th Century Fox), where he was central to innovations in film, including CinemaScope and theater television.
Curated and designed by Karyn Radcliffe, a recent Syracuse University Museum Studies graduate, the exhibition highlights original research and artifacts from the collections of the Cayuga Museum of History and Art, that illustrate the groundbreaking role Sponable had on the emerging era of motion pictures.
Earl I. Sponable: 45 Years of Film Innovation will be on display at the Cayuga Museum from March 21 – April 20, 2019.