Lecture & Exhibit Opening
Saturday, April 5th, 11:00 AM
This exhibit features a replica of a 1938 Works Progress Administration (WPA) mural from the Ellis Island immigrants’ dining hall.
Andrew Sabori, artist, muralist, and creator of the mural reproduction will discuss:
- the WPA & How it put artists to work during depression
- WPA art & how it related to the depression
- Laning (original artist) and his relationship to Ellis Island
- Significance of Ellis Island & its historical value
- The discovery of the mural, the process went through to reproduce it
- The future vision for the mural
About the mural:
The original Ellis Island mural, titled “The Role of the Immigrant in the Industrial Development in America,” was commissioned in 1938 by the New Deal Federal Art Project, part of the WPA. Painted by muralist Edward Laning, the eight-panel mural was displayed in “Aliens’ Dining Hall” and showcased the founding and building of America by pioneers from different countries. It measured 10 feet tall by 190 feet long.
The original mural has been called the “Ellis Island Lost Mural” due to years of damage and deterioration starting in 1954, when Ellis Island officially closed and the building was abandoned. It was damaged further in 1958 when the building’s roof collapsed during a storm.
About the replica:
In 2003, artist and muralist Andrew Sabori visited Ellis Island to learn more about the original mural. He subsequently uncovered a photograph of the original and decided to recreate it. The replica mural, completed in 2008, consists of 19 panels and measures five feet tall by 90 feet long
A Conversation and Book signing with Clifton Taulbert
Saturday, March 15
PLEASE NOTE: Peoria Avenue will be closed from 25th to 41st on Saturday, March 15th. To reach THS, please come from the north and head south down Peoria, then turn left on 25th down the cobblestone drive.
Clifton Taulbert, Pulitzer-nominated author introduces his latest book, The Invitation.
In this seven year project which chronicles his journey in South Carolina resulting from an unexpected invitation to supper, Taulbert shares the impact of the lingering lessons of race and place as well as what happened to the children of The Help. He doesn’t stop there…Taulbert leaves us with a clear picture of hope and the opportunities we have to repair what is broken as we journey through life.
On February 21 in Natchez, Mississippi, Pulitzer-nominated author, Clifton Taulbert’s latest book, The Invitation took center stage at the 25th Annual Literary Celebration where such notables as United States Senator Thad Cochran, James Meredith, Tate Taylor-producer of The Help and Kathryn Stockett—the author were present, joining with academic leaders and citizen guests from around the country.
Taulbert’s introduction of his seven year project brought the audience to their feet when nearing the end of his thought-provoking presentation he challenged his 32 year old son, Marshall Danzy Taulbert—writer and aspiring L.A. actor—and the audience of his peers to stand with him and take up the gauntlet to continue the transformation of America into that shining city on the hill for all.
The Invitation takes us on one African-American Baby Boomer’s journey as he shares his personal encounter with an aging white lady from South Carolina whom he thought to have been a retired school teacher, but later learned she was much more. Their encounter over a five year span of time—the reality of who she was what she represented, and the impact as the accomplished author battled the private conversation within his head, his youthful memories from the era of legal segregation—is The Invitation