Ellis Island Experience is Focus of Exhibition at Michener Art Museum

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DOYLESTOWN, PA.- For twelve million people, Ellis Island was the doorway to a new life, with the hopes and dreams of several generations of immigrants beginning and sometimes ending there. Understandably, this American landmark in New York Harbor has deeply inspired many artists. Most notably, the legendary photographer Lewis Hine (1874-1940) documented the human drama as it unfolded at the immigration center in the early 1900s, while the acclaimed contemporary photographer Stephen Wilkes captured the long-abandoned buildings of the island’s hospital complex nearly 100 years later. Organized by the James A. Michener Art Museum, with the cooperation of the George Eastman House and ClampArt Gallery, New York, Ellis Island: Ghosts of Freedom offers an extraordinary look at this uniquely American experience through the lenses of two renowned photographers. The exhibition is on view through October 10, 2010 in the Museum’s Fre