New York Marks 9/11 With Art Exhibitions
A list of art events to mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11 was announced this week by Mayor Bloomberg's office. They include installations, gallery exhibitions and performance pieces. New York has been resilient in adapting to the atrocity and this is another defiant gesture to show that the arts community,many who were effected geographically by the attack haven't forgotten. Book releases,concerts and poetry readings will also be part of the scheduled events.
Here is a schedule of Visual Art events
‘HERE IS NEW YORK: REVISITED’ (Sept. 6-17) A selection of photographs from a community project that began in a vacant storefront in SoHo after 9/11, organized by Charles H. Traub, chairman of the Photography and Related Media Department at the School of Visual Arts. Westside Gallery, 133/141 West 21st Street, Chelsea, (212) 592-2010, sva.edu, hereisnewyork.org; free.
‘CHARTING GROUND ZERO: TEN YEARS AFTER’ (Sept. 7-Oct. 23) An aerial and ground overview, using mapping technology and cartographic representation, that shows the site’s transformation. Woodward Gallery, 133 Eldridge Street, Lower East Side, (212) 966-3411, woodwardgallery.net; free.
‘ELENA DEL RIVERO: [SWI:T] HOME: A CHANT’ (Sept. 7-Oct. 2) Office memos, personal notes and other debris culled from Ms. Del Rivero’s home and studio on Cedar Street after 9/11 are sewn on to rolls of fabric. The piece was previously installed at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington. On Sept. 15 at 7 p.m., Ms. Del Rivero and Andrea Blum will discuss art-making in the city after 9/11. New Museum, Lobby Gallery, 235 Bowery, at Prince Street, Lower East Side, (212) 219-1222, newmuseum.org. Free admission on Sept. 11.
‘TEN YEARS LATER: GROUND ZERO REMEMBERED’ (Sept. 7-Oct. 30) Works, including a piece from the 1997 “Tuskegee Airmen Series” by Michael Richards, who died on 9/11 while working in a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council studio space in the North Tower, and Christoph Draeger’s 2003 photographic jigsaw puzzle, “WTC, September 17,” will be displayed alongside two comment books filled by visitors who viewed images displayed on the first anniversary of the attacks. Brooklyn Museum of Art, 200 Eastern Parkway, at Prospect Park, (718) 638-5000, brooklynmuseum.org.
‘INSITE ART + COMMEMORATION’ (through Oct. 11) Events and exhibits throughout the city, including an installation made from 9/11 dust by Xu Bing, at the Spinning Wheel Building, 5 West 22nd Street, Chelsea, and hundreds of balloons imprinted with poetry in different languages, to be released on Governors Island. Mr. Xu will speak about his work at the Museum of Chinese in America on Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m. Presented by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, a former tenant in the twin towers. (212) 219-9401. Check Web site for schedule and details: insite.lmcc.net.
‘MY 9-11: ONE MAN’S JOURNEY THROUGH THE UNEXPECTED EVENTS OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2011’ (through Dec. 31) Photographs of ground zero, captured by Richard Agudelo moments after the attacks. Proceeds from sales of an accompanying book and soundtrack will benefit first-responder charities. Charles West Gallery, 163 Charles Street, West Village, charleswestgallery.com; free.
‘TWINNED TOWERS’ (through Sept. 14) In a decade’s worth of photography, sculpture and video, Al Braithwaite tries to comprehend the events of Sept. 11. Leila Heller Gallery, 39 East 78th Street, Manhattan, (212) 249-7695, ltmhgallery.com; free.
‘9/11 PEACE STORY QUILT’ (Tuesday through Jan. 22) This work, designed by Faith Ringgold, features panels made by New York City students ages 8 to 19. Ms. Ringgold will speak about the project on Sept. 11 at 2 p.m. at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, (212) 535-7710, metmuseum.org.
‘FALLING LEAVES: AN ANONYMOUS MEMORIAL’ (Tuesday through Sept. 24) Drawings, all dating from 2001 and created in response to 9/11 by the artist Bruce Conner, who died in 2008, and an alter ego he called Anonymous. Paula Cooper Gallery, 534 West 21st Street, Chelsea, (212) 255-1105, paulacoopergallery.com; free.
‘HEALING HEARTS’ (Thursday through Sept. 15) Pen and ink drawings from John Coburn’s 2002 book, of which 3,000 copies were produced as gifts for the families of victims. Sciame Construction, 14 Wall Street, Lower Manhattan, thehealingheartsproject.com; free.
‘REMEMBERING 9/11’ (Sept. 8-April 1) Photographs taken by professionals and amateurs in the immediate aftermath of the attack, as well as letters written to police officers and firefighters; objects that were placed in makeshift shrines around New York City; images and texts from The New York Times’ “Portraits of Grief” series; photographs of the Tribute in Light; and drawings of the National September 11 Memorial. New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, at 77th Street, (212) 873-3400, nyhistory.org.
‘WITNESS TO TRAGEDY AND RECOVERY’ (Sept. 8-24) About 140 news photographs, many taken by members of the National Press Photographers Association, a sponsor of the exhibition with Pace University. A public symposium, “How News Images of Disaster Are Shaped — and Shape Us,” will take place on Sept. 8 at 7:15 p.m. Aaron Brown of CNN will give the keynote address; Michelle Charlesworth of WABC-TV will moderate. (Closed Sept. 11, 15 and 22.) Pace University, 3 Spruce Street at Park Street, Lower Manhattan, (212) 618-6931, pace.edu/witness; free.
‘REMEMBERING 9/11’ (Sept. 9-Jan. 8) This exhibition, which focuses on the immediate aftermath of the attacks, includes the installation “Memory Remains: 9/11 Artifacts at Hangar 17” and the five-channel video project “cedarliberty” by Elena del Rivero and Leslie McCleave. International Center of Photography, 1133 Avenue of the Americas, at 43rd Street, (212) 857-0000, icp.org.
‘JOEL MEYEROWITZ: REMEMBERING 9/11 10 YEARS LATER’ (Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m.) Mr. Meyerowitz, the creator of the World Trade Center Archive and a photographer given unlimited access to ground zero, presents 400 of the more than 8,000 photographs he took of recovery and cleanup efforts during an eight-month period as part of his “Aftermath” series. 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, (212) 415-5500, 92y.org. Others can be seen at the New York University Open House, 528 LaGuardia Place, Greenwich Village, (212) 992-7351, nyu.edu, through Oct. 13, and at the Edwynn Houk Gallery, 745 Fifth Avenue, (212) 750-7070. houkgallery.com, from Sept. 10-17.
‘SEPTEMBER 11’ (Sept. 11-Jan. 9) While intentionally avoiding traditional images of the destruction of 9/11, the curator Peter Eleey explores the far-reaching resonance of the day through more than 70 works by 41 artists — among them, Diane Arbus, Janet Cardiff, John Chamberlain, Christo, William Eggleston, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Thomas Hirschhorn, Alex Katz, Barbara Kruger, John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Only a single work, by Ellsworth Kelly, was made in direct response to the attacks. MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, Queens, (718) 784-2084, ps1.org.
‘WIND ELEGY AT WAVE HILL: REFLECTIONS ON THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11’ (Sept. 11 from noon to 4 p.m.) Visitors are invited to inscribe or illustrate strips of natural-fiber paper with personal reflections in observance of the anniversary. The strips will be affixed to the
‘9/11 ELEGIES: 2001-2011’ (through Sept. 25) A chronological series of 12 paintings by Ejay Weiss, many of which contain ash from ground zero and which evolved from his experience as a witness to the destruction of the twin towers. St. Peter’s Church, 619 Lexington Avenue, at 54th Street, (212) 935-2200, saintpeters.org; free.
‘9/11 NATIONAL TRIBUTE QUILT’ (continuing) Two days after Sept. 11, the Steel Quilters of the United States Steel Corporation began this project — a depiction of the New York City skyline with a golden version of the twin towers at its center — which eventually grew to 8 by 30 feet with 3,466 blocks of fabric, each inscribed with the name of someone who died in the World Trade Center or the Pentagon or on the four flights. On Sept. 8 and 9 at 1 p.m., docents will lead conversations about the quilt; on Sept. 11 at 1 p.m., Lee Kogan, a curator emerita, will discuss the work. American Folk Art Museum Lincoln Square Branch, 2 Lincoln Square, Columbus Avenue at 66th Street, (212) 595-9533, folkartmuseum.org; free.
‘FACES OF GROUND ZERO — 10 YEARS LATER’ (through Sept. 12) More than 50 life-size portraits by Joe McNally of some of the heroes of 9/11 are displayed beside new digital images and video interviews showing where the subjects are today. Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle, (212) 823-6300, theshopsatcolumbuscircle.com; free.
‘THE TWIN TOWERS AND THE CITY: PHOTOGRAPHS BY CAMILO JOSÉ VERGARÁ (Sept. 3-Dec. 4) A four-decade-long study of the World Trade Center by Mr. Vergara, the MacArthur Award-winning photographer and social documentarian. Also, “The Twin Towers and the City: Paintings by Romain de Plas,” eight expressionist paintings, never before exhibited, by Mr. de Plas, who spent the year after the attacks creating the works in his Rivington Street studio on the Lower East Side. He died before completing the series. Museum of the City of New York, Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, (212) 534-1672, mcny.org.
‘JOHN BOTTE: THE 9/11 PHOTOGRAPHS’ (Sept. 4-24) Mr. Botte, a photographer, former New York Police Department detective and 9/11 first responder, presents behind-the-scenes images of the rescue and recovery efforts at ground zero, curated by Timothy White. Gallery at Calamut, 22 West 22nd Street, Chelsea, (212) 989-8500, calumetphotographic.com/events; free. Open 1-3 p.m. on Sept. 11.
‘WHAT MATTERS NOW? PROPOSALS FOR A NEW FRONT PAGE’ (Sept. 7-24) In an exhibition-in-process, six visual image specialists — Wafaa Bilal, Melissa Harris, Stephen Mayes, Joel Meyerowitz, Deborah Willis and Fred Ritchen — will interact with the public to address the changing face of news coverage post-9/11 through proposals for contents of “a new front page.” The evolving works will be posted daily on a blog, Facebook and Twitter; the final works will be shown from Sept. 17-24. Aperture Foundation, 547 West 27th Street, Chelsea, (212) 505-5555, aperture.org; free.
‘9/11: THROUGH YOUNG EYES’ (Sept. 8-Oct. 8) A series of 31 collages created in response to 9/11 by a class of 13-year-old students at the Calhoun School and inspired by the work of Jacob Lawrence. D C Moore Gallery, 535 West 22nd Street, Chelsea, (212) 247-2111, dcmooregallery.com; free.
‘EMBODIED LIGHT: 9-11 IN 2011’ (Sept. 8-Nov. 23) An installation by Tobi Kahn in which the gallery will be transformed into a meditative room for visitors to reflect on remembrance, loss and the enduring human spirit; also 220 “memory blocks,” created by the artist’s friends and colleagues, containing drawings, paintings or inscriptions that evoke their individual memories of 9/11. Ernest Rubenstein Gallery, Educational Alliance, 197 East Broadway, Lower East Side, (212) 780-2300, edalliance.org; free.
pergola to flutter in the breeze for a week before being composted into the garden. Wave Hill, West 249th Street and Independence Avenue, Riverdale, the Bronx, (718) 549-3200, wavehill.org; free.