Stephen Wilkes “Ellis Island: Ghosts of Freedom & New Works from Day to Night”

March 4, 2017

May 22, 2017

2525 Michigan Ave, Santa Monica, CA

Event Description

Peter Fetterman Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of works from Stephen Wilkes Ellis Island series along with new unseen works from his acclaimed Day to Night series. Please join us Saturday, March 4 from 3-5pm for the artist reception with Stephen Wilkes.

For five years (1998-2003) New York photographer Stephen Wilkes explored the hospital complex that comprised the south side of Ellis Island. Neglected for almost fifty years, the buildings were in a state of extreme disrepair: lead paint peeled from the ceilings and walls, vines and trees grew through the floorboards, detritus and debris littered the hallways. In rooms long-abandoned, Wilkes captured a spirited new vision of this gateway to freedom. Twelve million people passed through Ellis Island. Approximately one percent were turned away for health reasons. Wilkes’s powerful images of the underbelly of the island–a purgatory between freedom and captivity–ask us to reflect on the defining experiences of millions.

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