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Morris Museum Presents a Fresh Look at Washington’s Headquarters
Contributed By: Xiomaro
A thought-provoking exhibition at a New
Jersey museum showcases the photography of Xiomaro, a New York Artist.
Through a collection of 21 large-scale photographs and a compelling clip from a
New Jersey PBS episode,
the Morris Museum, founded in 1913 and the only Smithsonian affiliate in the
state, presents the artist’s fresh look at the complex tension within the Ford
Mansion’s dual role as George Washington’s military headquarters during the
Revolutionary War and the private home of a widow and her young children.
Xiomaro’s images in the exhibition, At
Home with George, were commissioned by the National Park Service
over a five year period to create the first and only artistic photographic
collection of Washington’s headquarters and other key sites at Morristown
National Historical Park – the nation’s first Congressionally-established historical
park, which is celebrating its 90th year.
“Xiomaro’s understanding of history through the lens makes him an outstanding
ambassador for our continued efforts to reach all types of learners from more
than one perspective,” said Jude M. Pfister, Chief of Cultural Resources. His work and aesthetic philosophy was the
subject of “Unseen Beauty,” a short documentary film produced by the National
Park Service and its partners.
“Xiomaro’s photography is distinctive. His images are composed from unique vantage points typically unseen by
the public while his use of natural light captures the experience of living in
the 1700s, where interior spaces were often dimly lit,” explains Anne Ricculli,
Ph.D., the Director of Exhibits and Collections who curated the exhibition with
the support of Curatorial Interns Emily Rainbolt, Elizabeth Shack, and Jamie
The collection, with more than
half never having been printed and publicly exhibited before, is uniquely
displayed in the Bush-Compton Gallery with subdued lighting suggesting a
period-appropriate candlelight ambiance. “As if walking into a dark room, the viewer’s eyesight must adjust to
see all the details.”
For the past 12 years, Xiomaro (pronounced SEE-oh-MAH-ro) has specialized in
photographing iconic historical sites to raise awareness of their history,
culture, and natural beauty. He is the
author of Weir Farm National Historic Site (Arcadia Publishing) with a
foreword by Senator Joseph Lieberman. The
artist's work has been exhibited at Harvard University as well as in museums
and galleries across the United States, Scotland, and Italy. Xiomaro frequently appears as a guest on
mainstream television news outlets, including ABC, CBS, and News 12.
A rock musician, he turned to art photography
after recovering from cancer, which prompted his departure from a career as an
entertainment attorney representing Village People and other celebrity
recording artists. To symbolize the
transformative experience and to acknowledge his Cuban and Puerto Rican roots,
he adopted the pseudonym “Xiomaro,” said to mean “ready for battle.”
At Home with George is on view now until July 30, 2023, at Morris
Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, New Jersey, with support provided
by The Martin Guitar Charitable Foundation. For more information, visit www.xiomaro.com or
the museum’s website.
Keywords: Photography, History, National Park, New Jersey, Fine Art, Exhibition, Architecture
Posted: May 18, 2023
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