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            LANDMARKS                                                 Continued from cover

     large-scale public artworks and immer-
     sive installations to guerrilla street art.
        “The Disappointed Tourist” has
     formed the centerpiece of a traveling
     retrospective that has been exhibited
     at the Butler Gallery (Ireland), Laznia
     Centre for Contemporary Art (Poland),
     Museum der Moderne Salzburg (Austria)
     and Turner Contemporary (UK). The
     exhibition at Turner Contemporary was
     selected by Frieze as one of the five best
     institutional shows in the UK in 2021.
        All the paintings in the display are of
     interesting places that no longer exist,
     done in vintage postcard style and sug-
     gested by members of the public. Each
     has a name and date on it: The dates are
     when those places were destroyed.
        The Rowan Gallery and its partner
     organizations disseminated a call for
     suggestions throughout the Glassboro
     community and received more than 40
     ideas for appropriate now-nonexistent
     places, of which Harvey selected and
     painted nine that have been added to
     this new iteration of the installation.
     Along with the Palace of Depression and   Ellen Harvey in studio. Photo: Etienne Frossard                     hoped to visit cease to exist,” Harvey
     the Vineland Speedway, the others are                                                                         wrote about “The Disappointed Tourist.”
     Whitney Brother’s Glass Factory, the       “We live in a world that often feels as though it is                  “The forces of war, time, ideology,
     Salem Oak, Bay Point, Zee Orchards,                                                                           greed, and natural disaster are constantly
     Eighty Acres, Veterans Stadium, and       vanishing before our eyes. Places we love disappear.                remaking places that we love but can-
     grandparent’s backyard.                                                                                       not control or save. ‘The Disappointed
        The Palace of Depression, dating           Places we have hoped to visit cease to exist.”                  Tourist’ is inspired by the urge to repair
     from the 1930s, may be unique among                                                                           what has been broken. It makes symbolic
     Harvey’s subjects because a long-term                                                                         restitution, literally remaking lost sites,
     rebuilding project is nearing completion                                                                      at the same time that it acknowledges
     that will replicate its original form.                                                                        the inadequacy of such restitution. It is
        According to WHYY, Gary Marino,                                                                            inspired both by old postcards and by the
     72, of Newfield was the person who sug-                                                                       tradition of tourist painting.”
     gested painting the Vineland Speedway                                                                            “The Disappointed Tourist” collection
     because he has fond memories of going                                                                         includes submissions from 40 countries.
     there with his father in the 1950s. The                                                                          Harvey is still taking suggestions for
     Speedway closed in 1967.                                                                                      her subjects. If you want to submit an
        Harvey began working on “The                                                                               idea, you can go to the project website,
     Disappointed Tourist” at a time when                                                                , and write
     many people felt divided and isolated and                                                                     a short description of a specific location
     said the project gained momentum at the                                                                       that’s no longer there and share why you
     start of the pandemic.                                                                                        believe it’s important and why you miss it.
        “We live in a world that often feels as                                                                       The gallery is at 301 West High Street
     though it is vanishing before our eyes.                                                                       in Glassboro. Those who wish to attend
     Places we love disappear. Places we have                                                                      the artist’s reception should RSVP by
                                                                                                                   going to
             © Ellen Harvey, Palace of Depression,                                                                    “The Disappointed Tourist” exhibit is
       24 x 18”, 2023, Monochrome acrylic with oil
      glazes on wood panels. Photo: Etienne Frossard                                                               open until March 9 and is free. n
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