Bevy of 9/11-related Exhibitions

View from Exchange Place, New Jersey. Photo by Camilo Jose Vergara via MCNY

The search for meaning and explanation of traumatic events is a uniquely human endeavor amply illustrated in the host of cultural and artistic exhibitions that have appeared as the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks draws nearer. If you are in the New York area and looking for a place to mourn and remember, consider visiting:

— “Where Does the Dust Itself Collect,” an installation by Chinese artist Xu Bing of a 25- by 20-foot field of dust across the gallery floor punctuated by the outline of a Chan Buddhist poem. It’s part of Insite Art + Commemoration presented by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s and Museum of Chinese in America. Sept. 8-Oct. 9 at the Spinning Wheel Building in Chelsea.

— “Remembering 9/11,” an exhibition of several hundred images taken by professional and amateur photographers in the immediate aftermath of the attacks. It also includes letters written to police officers and firefighters, objects that were placed at makeshift shrines around the city and drawings of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. Sept. 8-April 1 at the New-York Historical Society.

— “The 9/11 Peace Story Quilt.” A work designed by artist Faith Ringgold and created by New York City students based on a book of their writings and drawings. Metropolitan Museum of Art through Jan. 22, 2012.

— “Ten Years Later: Ground Zero Remembered.” The focal point of this exhibition is the 1997 “Tuskegee Airmen Series” by Michael Richards, who died in the attacks while working in his studio at the World Trade Center. Also featured is Christoph Draeger’s photographic jigsaw puzzle “WTC, September 17 (2003)” and two 2002 comment books filled with text and images by museum visitors. The Brooklyn Museum, Sept. 7-Oct. 30.

— “September 11,” featuring 70 works by 41 artists from the past 50 years that evoke images of 9/11. Artists include Diane Arbus, Alex Katz, John Chamberlain, Christo, Yoko Ono and George Segal. MoMA PS1, Long Island City, Queens, Sept. 11-Jan. 9, 2012.

— “Embodied Light: 9/11 in 2011.” Artist Tobi Kahn transforms a gallery into a meditative room with sculptural shrines, memorial lights and a 3D installation signifying an aerial view of Lower Manhattan. It also features “220 blocks,” representing the 220 floors of the twin towers with drawings and inscriptions by notable New Yorkers. The Ernest Rubenstein Gallery at Education Alliance, Lower East Side, Sept. 9-Nov. 23.

— “Remembering 9/11,” a five-part exhibition of photography and video that explores how people responded to the tragedy. It includes a major digital installation by artist Frances Torres titled “Memory Remains: 9/11 Artifacts at Hangar 17.” International Center of Photography, Sept. 9-Jan. 8, 2012.

— “The Twin Towers and the City,” a four-decades-long study of the World Trade Center by MacArthur award-winning photographer Camilo Jose Vergara. The pictures, shot from vantage points throughout the city and New Jersey, underscore how ubiquitous the towers were in the landscape of city life and beyond. The Museum of the City of New York, Sept. 3-Dec. 4.

—”Witness to Tragedy and Recovery,” a photo and multimedia presentation of the trade center attacks and recovery by more than 30 visual journalists, many members of the National Press Photographers Association and the New York Press Photographers Association. Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, Pace University, downtown Manhattan, Sept. 8-24.

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One Comment on “Bevy of 9/11-related Exhibitions”

  1. […] were a number of 9/11-related cultural events taking place in the city this weekend but I decided to go to The Met for a lecture by artist Faith […]


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