Immaculata University will host a reception to kick off an exhibit of Duffy’s Cut paintings by artist Fred Danziger at Gabriele Library on Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 6 PM.
The exhibit will be on display until the end of February, and is free and open to the public.
The six paintings that will be featured depict the 1832 events at Duffy’s Cut and were featured in Sam Katz’s documentary, Urban Trinity.
“These paintings perfectly convey the essence of the Duffy’s Cut story,” said William Watson, a professor of history at Immaculata and the director of the Duffy’s Cut Project. “Fred Danziger has captured that moment in time in 1832, when Chester County was both a center of the American Industrial Revolution and of anti-immigrant and nativist sentiment.”
The Duffy’s Cut Project is an ongoing archival and archaeological search into the lives and deaths of 57 Irish immigrants who came to America in June 1832 to work for Philip Duffy on the Philadelphia and Columbia Railroad. Within six weeks, all were dead of cholera and possibly violence, and were buried anonymously in a ditch outside of Malvern known today as “Duffy’s Cut.”
The Duffy’s Cut site is near Immaculata’s campus where the Duffy’s Cut Museum is located.
“When I was asked to do these paintings by Urban Trinity director Andrew Ferrett, he asked me to enable the viewer to ‘be there as it unfolds,’” Danziger said. “The pieces are all done from that point of view.