Special Exhibits



The Third Floor Changing Exhibit Gallery- 3 East -

Statue of Liberty view through an open doorway
One of 66 color photographic prints of the south side now on display at Ellis Island in "The Stilled Passage."

Philip Calabria

The Stilled Passage: Photographs of Ellis Island by Philip Calabria
Open through April 8, 2018
Third Floor Exhibition Gallery, Ellis Island

This exhibition of 66 color photographs by photographer Philip Calabria, is intended to introduce the museum visitor to the beauty, mystery and evocative scenes that reside within the unrestored buildings of Ellis Island. These buildings were once home to the island's hospital, contagious disease and isolation wards, nurses' quarters, doctors' residences, and laundry facilities and other support functions.

Using both artificial and natural light, the photographs capture the varying surfaces inside the buildings that mark time, weather and the presence of the many lives that passed through them. The goal of the exhibit is to engage visitors in the metaphor, drama and emotional richness of these spaces and enable them to leave with a greater understanding and appreciation of Ellis Island beyond the public areas.

The exhibit is organized by Philip Calabria, Photographer.


The Third Floor Bob Hope Memorial Library Corridor Gallery - 3 West -
Open through April 8, 2018

Six Bergen County students stand behind their art pieces
Six Bergen County Academy Students stand behind their art pieces.

Bergen County Academy

_“I AM ME… I AM YOU… YOU ARE ME… WE ARE US” …each of us brings a thread of ourselves, our culture and our homeland to form the fabric of our new home…_

This four panel installation was designed and created by National Art Honor Society students from Bergen County Academies

https://bcts.bergen.org/index.php/2016-05-10-17-30-50/bcts-campuses (a National Park Service Partner) in Hackensack under the tutelage of their teacher, JoAnn Onnembo, in honor of the National Parks 100th Birthday Celebration. The yearlong project included historical, anthropological and cultural research with the conceptual design idea that “we, as diverse individuals, become an integral part of a new fabric we call home.” Based on their research, students created charcoal portraits of what they imagined people of various cultural backgrounds may have looked like during times of the great migration and passage through Ellis Island. Images were developed, grouped, assembled, and placed within a newly woven “quilt.” The brief title statements recognize and respect individualities, unify and support the concept, and validate our contribution as part of the whole… a fabric that becomes stronger and more vibrant because we unite as one.

Last updated: January 30, 2018

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