Featured photo for exhibit Stephen Wilkes

Stephen Wilkes

Ellis Island Ghosts of our Ancestors

2018-10-05 - 2018-11-23

A timely exhibition celebrating the 20th anniversary of Stephen Wilkes documentary project. Twelve million people passed through Ellis Island from 1892 until its closing in 1954, and tens of millions of Americans today are descendants of immigrants who were thought deplorable by those already here. With the the future of immigration and refuge in America in contention, Wilkes takes us on an unforgettable journey through our collective past that reminds us how we became the diverse nation that we are today and asks us to reflect on our own humanity. 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.