Reception and Illustrated Talk with Xiomaro
Morristown National Historical Park (NHP) invites the public to a reception with light refreshments and an illustrated artist talk at 2 pm on Saturday, May 19, 2018. They will be held at Morristown National Historical Park’s museum auditorium, 30 Washington Place, Morristown, New Jersey 07960. Admission is free.
The events celebrate the debut solo exhibition George Washington’s Headquarters: Photographs by Xiomáro. The 22 large images of the Ford Mansion – Washington’s base of operations during the Revolutionary War winter of 1779-1780 – are on view in the museum until December 28, 2018. A free ebook of the photographs is available at www.xiomaro.com.
Xiomáro (“Xio”) will present a slide show retrospective of his various collections commissioned by the National Park Service. To advance public interest in American history, he also will give away to two randomly selected winners a book about the Ford Mansion and a photographic print.
Xiomáro (pronounced “SEE-oh-MAH-ro”) is an internationally-recognized artist and speaker whose photography has been covered by The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and CBS Eyewitness News. His work has been widely exhibited at venues such as Harvard University and New York City’s Fraunces Tavern Museum. Next year, Arcadia Publishing is releasing Xio’s photo book, Weir Farm National Historic Site, about Julian Alden Weir, the father of American Impressionist painting.
The exhibition of Xio’s photographs of Washington’s Revolutionary War headquarters highlights the house’s dual role as a residence. “The domestic aspects are easily lost in the presence of Washington, but Xio has managed to capture the Ford Mansion’s essence as a home,” explains curator Jude M. Pfister, the park’s Chief of Cultural Resources. Pfister is the author of the award-winning book, The Jacob Ford Jr. Mansion: The Storied History of a New Jersey Home (The History Press, 2009).
Following the reception, Xio will show and discuss his photographs, revealing never-before-seen perspectives and artifacts of historical sites such as President Theodore Roosevelt’s “Summer White House.” His documentary images of the Big Cypress and Everglades environments will also be presented. Time will be allotted for audience questions about his body of work, aesthetic, techniques, and his current exhibit.
For more information on the event, contact Chief of Cultural Resources, Dr. Jude Pfister at: [email protected]