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Unframed—Ellis Island

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Posted on October 16, 2017 at 9:46 pm

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French street artist JR awakens history with his ‘Unframed – Ellis Island’ Exhibition. The tour and exhibition provide an immersive visual and sensory experience loaded with historical significance. It is not to be missed!

– Rachael Silverstein, The Culture Trip

The Unframed—Ellis Island project aims to bring alive the memory of Ellis Island, the entry point to America for millions of immigrants. Coming from all over the world, leaving their belongings, their family and their past behind them, with the fear that they may be sent back to it, the presence of these people who have shaped the modern American identity can still be felt in the buildings, although abandoned for the past 70 years. This is the opportunity to interpret the stories of these people through art.

JR’s exhibit lives in the abandoned Ellis Island Immigrant Hospital, on the south side of the island. Archival photographs of the hospital’s patients and staff were artistically wheat-pasted around the abandoned hospital complex of Ellis Island’s south side, creating haunting scenes that bring the history of these rooms back to life.

The work, which is accessible by guided tour, will remain up “until it decides to disappear.” 

Public Tours are available seven days a week – Sunday through Saturday. 

Daily Tour Schedule:
10:30 a.m. to 12 noon
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

To tour the exhibit purchase your Public Tour “Hard Hat Reserve Tickets” from Statue Crusies here.


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