Featuring Ed Catto
April 18 – May 11, 2019
Earl I. Sponable: 45 Years of Film Innovation
March 21 – May 18, 2019
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.