NEW YORK, NY.- Steuben Glass
is hosting an exhibition in the gallery at Steubens Flagship Store on Madison Avenue of the photographs of celebrated American Photographer Stephen Wilkes. Ellis Island is a show comprised of Wilkes haunting Ilfochrome prints. The work began as an assignment to photograph the dark side of Ellis Island that no one sees, and eventually turned into an obsession, several exhibitions, and a book.
For five years, 1998-2003, Wilkes had free reign of the hospital complex that comprises the south end of Ellis Island. Neglected for nearly fifty years, the buildings were in an extreme state of disrepair: lead paint peeled from the ceiling and walls of rooms, vines and trees grew through the floorboards of once-cramped wards, detritus and debris littered in the hallways. In spaces long abandoned, Wilkes manages to capture undeniable evidence of life. His is an alternate and breathtaking vision of this gateway to freedom. And through his artwork, Wilkes inspired and eventually helped raise six million dollars in funding towards the restoration of the south side of the island.
Stephen Wilkes had been widely recognized for his artwork for over two decades. His images have been reproduced on the covers of such top publications as Sports Illustrated, Time, Life, and The New York Times Magazine. His work is represented in the permanent collection of the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York. He is represented by New York gallery ClampArt.
The exhibit will be on view at Steuben Glass at 667 Madison Avenue at 61st Street, from December 1, 2009 through January 9, 2010. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10:00 AM 6:00 PM.
Steuben Glass is the premier art glass manufacturer in the United States, and the worlds finest maker of pure crystal. Since 1903, Steuben Glass has been made by hand at the Corning, New York factory. Its unique glass is made from an outstanding optical formula. Steuben's state-of the-art melting ensures glass is exceptionally pure and free of even the tiniest visual imperfections. Each piece of Steuben Glass is painstakingly hand made often using a variety of ages-old techniques that only a few extraordinary artisans in the world are able to master.