JR’s 2-Week Residency at 130 Orchard Street to Showcase Ellis Island Artwork

Posted on: October 23rd, 2015 at 9:23 am by
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Much like the immigrants of yore, popular street artist JR is coming to the Lower East Side from the Ellis Island compound. Well, rather his artwork.

As previously mentioned, the Frenchman was commissioned to decorate the abandoned hospital complex with wheat-paste images derived directly from authentic immigrant photos. The tour route – which is open to the public – is peppered with sixteen unique pieces. It is this photogenic collaboration, dubbed “Unframed – Ellis Island,” that’s headed to our neck of the woods. And his choice of space is certainly apt – the former Beckenstein’s warehouse (now high-end rentals with DelShah at the helm) at 130 Orchard Street. Hence, the new wheat-paste currently lining the entrance.

Starting tomorrow at noon, international showroom Galerie Perrotin is hosting a two-week pop-up exhibit that explores JR’s permanent artist residence at the abandoned Ellis Island ruins. As part of the program, the complementary short film, Ellis, will be looped for viewing in a communal space. JR’s personal photos of same will accompany the screening.

The exhibition will be open from Wednesday to Sunday, 12 PM to 6 PM, and will run from Saturday, October 24, to Sunday, November 8.

Here’s a refresher of the creepy Ellis Island hospital…

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