STATUE OF LIBERTY NATIONAL MONUMENT AND ELLIS ISLAND
The Third Floor Changing Exhibit Gallery- 3 East -
The First Floor Changing Exhibit Gallery- Railroad Ticket Office -
Looking Ahead: How the Voices of Hope Shape Our Understanding of the Country We All Share
April 20, 2019 – September 20, 2019
Academy of Design at the Morris County School of Technology in Denville, New Jersey.
This exhibition was designed by the juniors in the Academy of Design at the Morris County School of Technology (MCST) in Denville, New Jersey. We crafted our Looking Ahead exhibit around the stories of immigrants of the past and present in order to show the impact the United States has had on countless lives.
The panels share the story of cultural heritage, the promise and opportunities of America and the strength and resilience that represents the ability to leave one’s home and start a new life. The coats represent the humanity of the immigrant experience. Seven figures, like the seven points of Lady Liberty’s crown, are on a journey towards freedom from oppression, from strife and for the chance at a better life. The crown represents the liberty sought by all in the new country.
As a class, with the assistance of our fellow design academy classmates, and our talented friends in the Carpentry, Plumbing, and Welding programs, we designed (three) large window panels, seven coat sculptures, and a copper crown to share our interpretative story presented through our collective art-making process.
In order to submerge ourselves in the idea of new hope and freedom, we had the opportunity to speak to six immigrants, each with their own stories and backgrounds. This led us to learn what commonalities are present in each individual while also discovering what makes everyone different. It was clear to us that the art we make should represent immigration as a feeling, not just a story.
Learn more about our project and our collaboration at: https://sites.google.com/mcvts.org/ellis-island-exhibit/about-us
Last updated: October 4, 2019