As the commemoration of the centennial of America's involvement in World War I continues into 2018, a new photography exhibit in the Museum's Upper Gallery documents one man's quest to bring attention to the wealth of fine statuary and other monuments erected by New Jersey's towns and cities.
"Legacy of Remembrance: Photographs by Erik L. Burro," presents a series of large format black-and-white photographs of over two dozen WWI monuments around New Jersey, plus a few from neighboring states. Burro is a historian and photographer who has many years' experience with historic character portrayals and historic site multimedia productions, mostly since the 1976 bicentennial celebrations.
This WWI series has been a passion project he's pursued on his travels around the state in the past two years, ever since he became intrigued with a WWI monument in his adopted hometown of Burlington, NJ. After researching its history, he started noticing more of these largely forgotten monuments, leading him to document as many of them as possible, in tribute to the 1917-1918 centennial of America's involvement in the Great War.
The exhibit opens Sunday, Jan. 7, with a free reception from 2 - 5 pm, and a talk by Burro starting at 4 pm. The photos will remain on view through Feb. 18.
The exhibit is supported by a block grant from the State/County Partnership program for the Arts, administered by the Hudson County Division of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.