• Unframed—Ellis Island

    Unframed—Ellis Island

    French street artist JR awakens history with his ‘Unframed – Ellis Island’ Exhibition. The tour and exhibition provide an immersive visual and sensory experience loaded with historical significance. It is not to be missed! ~ Rachael Silverstein, The Culture Trip

    The work, which is accessible by guided tour, will remain up “until it decides to disappear.” 

  • Christmas on Ellis Island

    Christmas on Ellis Island

    The holidays were very important on Ellis Island, perhaps the most celebrated was Christmas. It was observed each year at Ellis Island through religious services, festivities, and gift giving. The Roman Catholic Church and the various Eastern Orthodox and Protestant Churches and denominations offered separate religious services in accordance with their respective traditions.

  • Scout Explores Ellis Island’s South Side

    Scout Explores Ellis Island’s South Side

    From a distance, many of the buildings appear to be in pretty decent shape, especially considering they’ve essentially been left to decay since the island officially closed in 1954. 

  • An Ellis Island Christmas – Book Reading

    An Ellis Island Christmas – Book Reading

    Ellis Island – Parents, children and anyone in the holiday spirit are welcome to attend a book reading and book signing by author Maxinne Rhea Leighton of her beloved children’s book An Ellis Island Christmas (Viking Penguin), a book for children about immigration, recipient of the Marion Vannett Ridgeway Award. This free event will take place on Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm in the Eastern National Ellis Island bookstore located at the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration, 1st floor.

  • Faces Places - A Work of Art About Art

    Faces Places - A Work of Art About Art

    The legendary French filmmaker collaborated with the photographer JR to create a wonderful documentary about communities, memory, and her own history.

    Agnes Varda knows the value of a camera. The 89-year-old director was a pioneer of French New Wave filmmaking and has strived to find inventive forms of storytelling throughout her career. In her new documentary Faces Places, Varda teams up with the enigmatic photographer and visual artist JR to follow and participate in his Inside Out project, in which he takes portraits of regular people and pastes the pictures, in gigantic-poster format, onto walls and buildings.

  • Join us for a Special Tour of JR’s Exhibit Unframed-Ellis Island

    Join us for a Special Tour of JR’s Exhibit Unframed-Ellis Island

    June 10, 2017 on Ellis Island at 1:00 p.m.

    Join a special guided tour of the JR art installation Unframed Ellis Island. Your ticket also includes a museum quality poster of the window image “Seven Children” chosen by JR specifically for Save Ellis Island! This tour will lead you through the 25 images by framed French artist JR and in addition will discuss intentions behind the installation as well as the techniques that were used.