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The New School Unveils Restored Camilo Egas Mural

After six years of planning and restoration, “Ecuadorian Festival,” created by the artist and educator Camilo Egas in 1932, has been unveiled at The New School’s Sheila C. Johnson Design Center. The 17-foot long mural is part of The New School’s “(re)collection” exhibition, which features some 40 archived works from The New School’s art collection of 2,000 objects.

The sepia-toned oil-on-canvas piece, which had been on the wall facing the Joseph Urban Building's Martha Graham dance studio, depicts a procession of indigenous dancers at a dance festival. The mural was originally commissioned by the university for the building along with works by José Clemente Orozco and Thomas Hart Benton, the former of which was featured at last year’s "Re-Imagining Orozco" exhibition.

“Art was meant to be embedded in that building,” said New School Art Collection curator Sylvia Rocciolo, adding that the triad of work was the “DNA of the collection.” Egas also served as the school’s first director of the fine arts department.

After “(re)collection” ends its run at the Design Center on September 7, “Ecuadorian Festival” will return to its original location, with the possibility of installing it on a more prominent wall in one of the university’s 15 buildings.

Check out the slideshow below for images of other pieces featured at The New School’s “(re)collection” exhibition.

Egas' mural is featured with some 40 other pieces from The New School's art collection as part of the university's "(re)collection" exhibition.
Egas' mural is featured with some 40 other pieces from The New School's art collection as part of the university's "(re)collection" exhibition. ( Erica Getto )
A wide shot of the gallery at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center.
A wide shot of the gallery at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center. ( Martin Seck/The New School )
A close-up of Egas' mural.
A close-up of Egas' mural. ( Luna Lin )
The New School possesses over 2,000 works displayed throughout its 15 buildings. This enlarged photo depicts pieces that, for the moment, are in storage.
The New School possesses over 2,000 works displayed throughout its 15 buildings. This enlarged photo depicts pieces that, for the moment, are in storage. ( Erica Getto )
Enrique Chagoya's 2004 "Ghost of Liberty" is one of the pieces on display at The New Schools "(re)collection" exhibition.
Enrique Chagoya's 2004 "Ghost of Liberty" is one of the pieces on display at The New Schools "(re)collection" exhibition. ( Erica Getto )
Francois Azambourg's 2011 "Douglas Jar" display features four glass jars and the wood mold with which they were constructed.
Francois Azambourg's 2011 "Douglas Jar" display features four glass jars and the wood mold with which they were constructed. ( Luna Lin )
This 1995 piece by Roxy Paine, entitled "Plug-in Painting" features 39 broad brushstrokes on both the canvas and the floor.
This 1995 piece by Roxy Paine, entitled "Plug-in Painting" features 39 broad brushstrokes on both the canvas and the floor. ( Luna Lin )
From L to R: Sister Mary Corita Kent's 1969 "manflowers"; Klaus Mosettig's 2008 "Untitled 1950"; Shirin Neshat, Izhar Patkin, & Rafael Fuchs' 2006 "Untitled"; Marjetica Potrc's 2001 "Bear Falling"
From L to R: Sister Mary Corita Kent's 1969 "manflowers"; Klaus Mosettig's 2008 "Untitled 1950"; Shirin Neshat, Izhar Patkin, & Rafael Fuchs' 2006 "Untitled"; Marjetica Potrc's 2001 "Bear Falling" ( Erica Getto )
Some of the featured works were once in offices and hallways at The New School's buildings until they were deemed offensive and removed.
Some of the featured works were once in offices and hallways at The New School's buildings until they were deemed offensive and removed. ( Erica Getto )
One such piece that was removed is Peter Saul's 1975 "Amboosh: Typicul Veet Nam."
One such piece that was removed is Peter Saul's 1975 "Amboosh: Typicul Veet Nam." ( Erica Getto )
Two tables featuring documents and other papers that not only tell the story of The New School's acquisition of the Egas mural but also the history of the university itself.
Two tables featuring documents and other papers that not only tell the story of The New School's acquisition of the Egas mural but also the history of the university itself. ( Erica Getto )
A close-up of one of the tables reveals photographs and documents that reflect the history of The New School's art collection and that of the university itself.
A close-up of one of the tables reveals photographs and documents that reflect the history of The New School's art collection and that of the university itself. ( Erica Getto )
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