Lecture & Exhibit Viewing (last chance before it closes!)
Saturday, September 27th, 1:00 PM
If you missed Andrew Sabori’s lecture when “Ellis Island: The Lost Mural” first opened this past Spring, now is your chance!
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