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.


Seaport Museum Rescued by MCNY!

From the NYT:

The Museum of the City of New York will take over the beleaguered Seaport Museum New York with $2 million in starting funds from the corporation in charge of developing Lower Manhattan, under a deal made public Wednesday by the city and state.

“We are confident that the way has been paved for a smooth transition to new leadership,” Frank J. Sciame, the chairman of the Seaport Museum, said in an e-mail. “With the challenging financial environment our city and country are facing, and the fact that our two institutions already share compatible missions, this is a relationship that makes good sense.”

MCNY “talking” with Floundering Seaport Museum

Things have been looking bad for the Seaport Museum of New York this year; they fired half of their staff, closed their galleries, and are looking to sell their boats. Yikes!

But The Tribeca Trib reported last week that things may be looking up. Just a few days before their meeting with Community Board 1, Save our Seaport met with the Museum of the City of New York to “discuss the Seaport Museum’s future.”

Michael Kramer, a Save Our Seaport member who attended the meeting, called the dialogue with Museum of the City of New York representatives “wonderfully productive.”

“They were receptive to the information we supplied to them, which included the Community Board resolution, and they were open to future meetings,” Kramer, a CB1 public member, told the committee. “So we are hoping that’s a good sign.”

But they won’t get their hopes up, I’m sure.

The Museum of the City of New York has not made any promises, Stanford said, and the substance of its talks with the Seaport Museum were not discussed at the meeting. However, according to Stanford, the New York history museum indicated that it would be open to consulting with Save Our Seaport should it get involved with the Seaport Museum in the future.

“It’s very important that we not for one moment suggest any commitment by the museum to take over the Seaport Museum or run it,” Stanford said.

Monger News

The Bieb might not have gotten a Grammy, but he’ll still be immortalized in wax!

Fancy people went to the Museum of the City of New York’s Winter Ball at The Plaza. I feel bad that I didn’t know any of the notable persons mentioned. But not that bad.

The Brooklyn Museum’s new mushroomy fabric things are done being installed in the Great Hall!!

The American Finance Museum will exhibit the first bank routing number directory created in 1911! Yeah… But someone will find that exciting, right?

Ok. So this isn’t really about a museum in NYC, but it is a fascinating story of what can happen when the right scholar is in the right museum at the right time.

The Nutropolitan Museum of Art set to open this Friday! Don’t worry, folks, I’ll tell you all about it…

Upcoming Monger Posts:

Monday: Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History

Wednesday: Museum Book Review

Friday: The Nutropolitan!

Sunday: News and Upcoming Posts