The Forgotten History of Staten Island, was originally conceived of as a month-long (October, 2011) celebration of real and imagined historical events told through the eyes of the mythical, Dr. D. I. Kniebocker (Staten Island’s self-described “greatest historian”), through a series of on-site installations and other activities including this web site. However due to popular demand it will be continued till at least the end of the year , 2011.
It is the sole creation of artist Ed (Edward) Weiss. It is funded in part by the New State Council of the Arts and the Council on the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island.
A preview was held on Saturday, September 17th, 2011 at Snug Harbor 1000 Richmond Terrace SI, NY 10301, North Gate and Building C At the preview, the good doctor gave a reading by the North gate, the site that inspired Herman Melville’s greatest novel Moby Dick. It was followed by an artist’s talk and exhibition of paintings created for the project in Snug Harbor’s oldest building, Main Hall, Building C. At the event, the artist Ed Weiss discussed his paintings, research and the meaning of forgotten histories.
A new entry in the history, Alice Austen’s Amazing Adventures in the Wonderland of Staten Island will debut as part of “Wonderland” show at the St George Ball at the Staten Island Museum on December 10th, 2011. http://statenislandmuseum.org/events_info/id-505/WONDERLAND+at+the+St.+George+Ball.html
Also on that date and throughout the month of December a 2011, retrospective of installations will be on display in the basement gallery of 4 St. Pauls Avenue, SI, NY 10304.