The Disappointed Tourist is an ongoing project for which Ellen Harvey is making paintings of lost sites suggested by members of the public. The exhibition has been traveling and growing since 2020 with 300 sites painted so far. Over the summer of 2023 the Rowan University Art Gallery & Museum, in partnership with Creative Glassboro, Glassboro Public Library, Glassboro Historical Society, and Heritage Glass Museum, solicited submissions from the local community. Eight suggested sites have been added to this new iteration of the installation including the Whitney Brother’s Glass Factory, Salem Oak, Bay Point, Zee Orchards, Eighty Acres, Palace of Depression, Vineland Speedway, and grandparent’s backyard. These new works will debut in the exhibition at Rowan University Art Gallery & Museum.
The project was inspired by the urge to repair what has been lost due to the forces of war, time, ideology, gentrification, and natural disasters. We live in a world that often feels as though it is vanishing before our eyes. The Disappointed Tourist attempts to honor the trauma underlying the nostalgia that results from our collective and individual losses, while celebrating the human attachment to places both real and aspirational.
To learn more about the project, visit: https://www.disappointedtourist.org/
Opening Reception: Wednesday, January 31, 2024 | 5-7 pm with an artist talk beginning at 5:30 pm