Honoring and Remembering: September 11 Anniversary Events
by Michael Hsu and nycgo.com staff, 08/10/2011
To mark the 10-year anniversary of September 11, cultural institutions across New York City are providing many distinct opportunities for commemoration and reflection, from exhibitions to performances to talks. Here is a sampling of the programs, many free to the public, that are taking place throughout the City. For even more September 11–related events, see our listings page.
In addition to participating in these events, you can plan a visit to the National September 11 Memorial, which features two reflecting pools, located within the footprints of the former Twin Towers, with the largest man-made waterfalls in North America. The names of the victims of the 2001 and 1993 attacks are inscribed in bronze panels edging each of them, serving as a powerful monument to their memory. Admission is free, but advance reservations are required. For more information, visit 911memorial.org.
194X–9/11: American Architects and the City
Through January 2, 2012, Museum of Modern Art
MoMA presents an exhibition of the institution’s archival architectural work, focusing on architects who re-envisioned, as they put it, “the form and daily experience of the city.” See works by the likes of the field’s luminaries, including Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Louis Kahn, Paul Rudolph, and Rem Koolhaas and OMA. For more info, visit moma.org.
9/11 Peace Story Quilt
Through January 22, 2012, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Artist Faith Ringgold presents a story quilt, created with New York City students ages 8 through 19, that explores the themes of peace and cross-cultural communication. For more info, visit metmuseum.org.
The Twin Towers and the City: Photographs by Camilo José Vergara and In Memoriam
September 3–December 4, Museum of the City of New York
This exhibition features photographs of the Twin Towers by Camilo José Vergara, who tirelessly documented the two skyscrapers over a 40-year period, from their construction to long after their collapse. Vergara's photographs both document and adore, from near and afar. On September 11, the museum will also host a free screening of the documentary In Memoriam, which features commentary by former mayor Rudolph Giuliani and his executive staff. For more info, visit mcny.org.
Ten Years Later: Ground Zero Remembered
September 7–October 30, Brooklyn Museum
This exhibition of artwork, which speaks to a new sense of peace and comfort, integrates comments from Brooklyn families, first responders and survivors about the work on display. The museum will also present a sculpture by Michael Richards, an artist-in-residence with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council who was in his studio in the World Trade Center on 9/11 and died in the attack on Tower One. For more info, visit brooklynmuseum.org.
September 8–April 1, 2012, New-York Historical Society
This comprehensive exhibition examines September 11 by bringing together a broad range of sources: nearly 400 photos (by amateur and professionals alike) from the Here is New York: A Democracy of Photographs collection, interviews with friends and relatives of victims from The New York Times' "Portraits of Grief" series, letters written to first responders and more. For more info, visit nyhistory.org.
September 9–January 8, 2012, International Center of Photography
The International Center of Photography, in collaboration with the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, explores the aftermath of 9/11 through photographs and video installations. Among the multimedia pieces on view is Frances Torres' Memory Remains: 9/11 Artifacts at Hangar 17, which projects photographs of the 1,500 artifacts that were salvaged from the World Trade Center site and housed at John F. Kennedy International Airport. For more info, visit icp.org.
September 10–January 9, 2012, MoMA PS1
This group show of more than 70 works by 41 artists aims to explore the ways in which the attacks on the Twin Towers and the cultural aftermath have altered our visual perceptions and experiences. Many of the pieces were made before 9/11 but evoke memories of the event in some way, such as a Diane Arbus photograph of a newspaper blowing across a New York City intersection. For more info, visit ps1.org.
9/11 National Tribute Quilt
Ongoing, American Folk Art Museum
This work, created by the Steel Quilters of United States Steel Corporation, includes the names of those who perished on the four flights that were hijacked on September 11, 2001. It comprises quilt blocks from all 50 states, Canada, Spain, Denmark and Australia. For more info, visit folkartmuseum.org.
Ongoing, The New York City Police Museum
Through interviews, photographs and artifacts, this exhibition chronicles the role of the NYPD during the response to the attacks of September 11. For more info, visit nycpm.org.