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National Park Service Exhibits Fine Art Photographs of George Washington's Headquarters
The museum at Morristown National Historical Park kicks off Presidents Day with "George Washington's Headquarters: Photographs by Xiomáro." A free limited edition exhibit ebook of photographs is available at www.xiomaro.com.
Xiomaro, in photographing the 12-room Georgian Revival Ford Mansion, used only existing window light with a sparing use of a technique called "light painting" to create images with rich color, detail, and dramatic contrasts of light and shadow. The effect is an ethereal quality that spurs the imagination in a way that transcends visiting the actual rooms.
The exhibition of 18" x 24" photographs, printed by Morristown National Historical Park, also highlights the Ford Mansion as a residence. "The domestic aspects are easily lost in the presence of Washington, but Xio has managed to capture the mansion's essence as a home," explains curator Jude M. Pfister, the park's Chief of Cultural Resources. Pfister is the author of several history books including the award-winning The Jacob Ford Jr. Mansion: The Storied History of a New Jersey Home (The History Press, 2009).
The photographs were commissioned by the National Park Service as artworks, rather than mere documentation, for publication in an "accessibility"
As the site of Washington's military headquarters during the winter of 1779-80, the Ford Mansion is one of the key Revolutionary War sites in Morristown that comprise the nation's first National Historical Park. Washington spent several months there with his wife, Martha, his aide, Alexander Hamilton, other assistants and servants, and visitors such as Marquis de Lafayette, Philip Schuyler, and Benedict Arnold. That winter was one of the harshest on record. With more than 20 snowstorms, it was described by a soldier as "cold enough to cut a man in two."
Xiomaro (pronounced "SEE-oh-MAH-
The photo exhibition of Washington's headquarters celebrates Presidents Day and the grand opening of the "Discover History Center," a new gallery of interactive exhibits offering hands-on and multi-media experiences for visitors to explore the stories of Morristown's significant role in the American Revolution.
The museum at Morristown National Historical Park is located at 30 Washington Place, Morristown, NJ 07960, and the exhibition runs from February 17 to December 28, 2018. For visiting hours and other information call 973-539-2016 (extension 210) or visit http://www.nps.gov/
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