Frozen Frames: Preserving Pasadena’s Visual Legacy, PMH's premiere online exhibition, is presented via Kunstmatrix, an innovative 3D showcase for artwork that has captured the attention of museums and art galleries worldwide.
Frozen Frames: Preserving Pasadena’s Visual Legacy, which is available Winter 2021 - Spring 2023, is an exhibit series that unfolds in four parts over a year-long period, bringing artistically and historically compelling images out of the deep freeze and into public view. The photographs come from among the more than 200,000 at-risk negatives that are now cryogenically preserved as part of the Museum’s Great History Freeze project of 2015.
Curated by PMH Director of Collections Anuja Navare, the four-part Frozen Frames exhibition is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Michael Kadin with generous funding provided by The Paloheimo Foundation and the Kadin family.
You can view each part as it opens by clicking the entry links below.
Currently On View
The Hawkins Collection
Featuring images by the most important and prolific mid-century photographer in Pasadena, J. Allen Hawkins. This is PMH’s most extensive collection, consisting of an estimated 300,000 prints and negatives. A smaller portion of the total photographs from Hawkins’ studio (about 3,500 images) is maintained by The Huntington.
Pasadena City Schools Negatives Collection
About The Great History Freeze
Funding for the Great History Freeze project was launched with a Kickstarter campaign, which, combined with grants and other donations, exceeded our expectations by raising $37,000 to preserve more than 200,000 at-risk negatives. Following this successful fundraising effort, these one-of-a-kind photographs – many of them irreplaceable early views of Pasadena life and industry – were meticulously processed, repackaged, and re-housed in the Museum’s 13 new freezers. With the support of 4,000 volunteer hours, this massive, multi-year project successfully stopped the deterioration of the negatives and ensured their viability for generations to come.
The Museum turned to two innovative sources for help in preserving its irreplaceable historic photographs: crowdfunding and cryogenics. The Great History Freeze Kickstarter campaign was launched to fund one freezer and rehouse approximately 20,000 negatives. We surpassed this goal raising over $27,000, funding 13 freezers, and preserving over 200,000 negatives.
Skycraft Studios planned, developed, produced, and edited our compelling Kickstarter video as a gift to the Museum.
The news website Pasadena Now proudly supports PMH's first online exhibition.
In addition to the Great History Freeze donors listed below, we also extend our thanks to the consultants, current and former staff members, interns, and volunteers who made this project possible.
John F. Merrell Charitable Foundation
John and Beverly Stauffer Foundation
Questers El Molino
Pasadena Community Foundation
The Paloheimo Foundation