September 11 Museum Exhibitions
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police car door is one of many artifacts related to the events
of September 11 at the New York Historical Society as part of
the exhibition "9-11: One Year Later."
Two months after 9/11, Robert Macdonald, the former director of the
Museum of the City of New York, was asked how long it would take for
the museum to put together an exhibition on the terrorist attacks.
"The Smithsonian waited 35 years to present an exhibition of the
Japanese internment," Macdonald said. "We are not going to
wait 35 years to present the defining event in New York, but we are
going to wait more than four or five months."
This is not how it turned out.
New Yorkers worked to make sure the events of September 11th
would not be erased -- from their own memories, or from history. In
the first weeks, color photocopies of the missing were plastered on
bus shelters and lampposts. "Walls of prayers" and makeshift shrines
and memorials sprang up throughout the city, many placed outside firehouses.
And these creative acts had a profound influence on New York City museums.
1973 photo is part of a Skyscraper Museum exhibition that was
originally to be displayed at Windows on the World in October
Photographs of many of these spontaneous displays are being presented
in an exhibition entitled "Missing: Streetscape Of A City In Mourning"
at the New-York Historical Society.
"Here is New York" a collection of images from amateur and
professional photographers opened in SoHo on September 25. By December
24, the exhibit had sold more than 30,000 prints of photographs to raise
money for relief efforts. Many of the best photographs from "Here Is
New York" became part of a slide show in "Life of The City," at the
Museum of Modern Art.
A year later, some 150 museums across the country are displaying 9/11
exhibits as part of a collaboration of participating in ``Celebrate
America's Freedoms: A Day of Remembrance."
The New York Historical Society is currently presenting seven exhibitions
relating to the tragedy, including "In the Light of Memory,"
a painting of the 360 degree view that used to be visible from the top
of the South Tower, "Pilgrimage," a photo essay documenting
the faces of Ground Zero visitors in the weeks following the attacks,
and "Twin Towers Remembered," a series of photographs of the
World Trade Center taken over the last 31 years.
"We are not the World Trade Center museum, but we do feel there
is a strong public need to connect to the evidence of this event,"
said Jan Ramirez, vice president of the New York City Historical Society.
With such shows, museums redefined what a museum exhibition
means, erasing the line separating amateur from professional --
as if to say, "we are all in this together" (or, more
pessimistically, "the professionals didn't know anything more
than the rest of us") -- and rethinking the long-held belief
that a museum exhibition takes years of preparation. It was
almost as if New Yorkers reacted to the sudden destruction of
something as "permanent" as the twin towers by seeing the city,
and everything in it, as really just makeshift, temporary.
September 11: Artists Respond
September 11- October 20
A display of 60 panels made by artists from across the nation.
Included are works in fiber, wood, glass, clay and metal.
Folk Art Museum
Reflections on September
An exhibition of The Peacable Kingdom, a painting by Edward Hicks.
Museum of Natural History
Living in America: Arab, South Asian,
and Muslim Communities
January 12 & 13, January 19 &
20, and January 2527.
A series of exhibitions, films and discussions on Americas cultural
diversity in light of the September 11th tragedy. Also,
an American flag found at Ground Zero will be on display through November
in the Theodore Roosevelt Rotunda.
Touhami Ennadre: Documents
Sept. 5-Oct. 19
An exhibition of Touhami Ennadres photographs documenting
the trauma of September 11.
Healing Hands for Hurting Hearts: Expressions of America
Through Sept. 11
A show of works created by children in the aftermath of September
Photographs of Ground Zero
Sept. 11-Oct. 14
Seven photographs by New York Post staff photographer G.N. Miller
taken during the turmoil at ground zero on September 11.
Center for Arts
ARTifacts: Kids Respond to a World in
Through Dec. 31
A presentation of artwork by students from the tristate area
a joint project of the Center for Arts Education and the Alliance
for Young Artists and Writers.
Museum of the Arts
Through Sept. 15
An exhibition featuring the artwork by children who have undergone
post-September 11 therapy.
Foundation for the Arts & Humanities
James Gilroy: Before and After 9/11
Through Sept. 28
An exhibition featuring paintings of James Gilroy reflecting
the emotional aftermath of September 11.
and Toy Museum of New York City
Sept. 11, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
A session of doll-making to help children and adults heal after
Day of Remembrance
Sept. 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
A display of drawings by local school children depicting New
York City buildings and ideas for rebuilding the World Trade Center
A Place in the Sky
Sept. 9-Oct. 9
This exhibition of photographs taken by Flo Fox during the construction
of World Trade Center.
Reflections: September 11 Through Staten Island Eyes
Through Nov. 17
An exhibition of items found in the rubble of the World Trade
Center and images captured by Staten Island photographers.
Aftermath: Reflections on the Anniversary
of September 11
Sept. 13-Dec. 1
A display of three projects related to the destruction of World
A display of September 11 related monument, including beams from
the World Trade Center.
In Memoriam: September 11, 2001
Sept. 11 only
A display of etchings from Israeli artist Moshe Gershuni's Kaddish
series, featuring the words from the Kaddish - Jewish prayer of personal
Missing - An Installation By Barbara Siegel
Sept.Through Oct. 26
A display of "missing" posters wallpapered around the
city in the days following the attacks.
Manhattan 9/11: Tragedy, Leadership, Recovery
Sept. 11-Oct. 12, Tues.-Sat., 12-6 p.m.
An exhibition of gifts and sentiments presented to the Borough
Lowell National Historical Park,
Stepping Into an Uncertain World
Extended Through September 11, 2002
An exhibit dedicated to women who managed to escape the burning Twin
Towers, with shoes as the main theme. Women would take off their shoes
to run faster, and that is why the participants were invited to draw
a picture of shoes, write a poem about shoes, or create a shoes-related
artwork of other kind.
Manhattan Cultural Council
September 11 Quilts
Sept. 10, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
An exhibition of memorial quilts.
Museum of Art
Chalkboards from Engine Company 22 and Ladder Company 13
An exhibition of the two chalkboards used by firefighters from
the neighboring Engine Company 22 and Ladder Company 13, who were dispatched
to the World Trade Center on Sept. 11.
A display of artwork from permament collections selected by the courators
of several museums.
Municipal Art Society
Microviews: Artists' Documents of the World Trade Center
September 4 through October 10, 2002
An exhibition including photographs, drawings,
video and sound recordings by artists who lost their studios and much
of their artwork in
the collapse of the Twin Towers.
Imagine New York: An Exhibition of Ideas
An exhibition including a sampling of the nearly 19,000 of responses
and ideas birth at the workshops held throughout the city in the months
following the attacks on the World Trade Center.
A Life Lost, A Spirit Preserved: The Art and Photography of James
Through Oct. 10
The art and photography of James Potorti, a business analyst
who was killed on September 11.
Museo del Barrio
"Seen But Not Heard"
Sept. 11, 6:30 p.m.
A presentation of a documentary about four Mexican immigrants
who lost their lives in the World Trade Center tragedy.
of Jewish Heritage
Yahrzeit: September 11 Observed
August 29, 2002 January 5, 2003
A special exhibition and programs to commemorate September 11. ("Yahrzeit"
is the Jewish observance that marks the anniversary of death.)
Museum of Television
All-Day Screenings Commemorating September 11
Sept. 11, noon-6 p.m.
A presentation of programming that addressed the events of Sept.
11, including "The West Wing," "Sesame Street" and "America: A Tribute
to the Heroes."
As the World Looked On: International Coverage of the Attacks of
september 11, 2001
Sept. 11-Oct. 31
An exhibition of Joel Meyerowitzs photography accompanied
by clips of television coverage of Sept. 11 from around the world.
September 11: A Sound Response
Sept. 11-Dec. 5
Three-part listening series in the Radio Listening Room, featuring
NPR's "The Sonic Memorial," Transom.org's "The Days That Follow" and
"Teens and 9/11."
Museum of the City of
The Day Our World Changed
September 11, 2002 - January 5, 2003.
The Day Our World Changed: Children's Art of 9/11 is a joint
project of the New York University
Child Study Center and the Museum
of the City of New York. It was created based on pieces of childrens
artwork following the September 11 tragedy.
A Community of Many Worlds: Arab Americans in
New York City.
March 2, 2002 - September 1, 2002.
An exhibition portraying the struggles of Arab New Yorkers to fight
the discrimination they are facing after September 11.
The City Resilient: After september 11, Images From Ground Zero
Sept. 10-Nov. 3
An exhibition of photographs by Joel Meyerowitz.
A Work in Progress
A virtual exhibition featuring poetry and images contributed by the
general public. Just as Union Square was a place of sharing thoughts
after the 9/11 tragedy, so is the web site designed to become a virtual
place where people can express their feelings and post poetry and images
regarding to the last years tragedy.
Building the World Trade Center
web project which provides a brief history of skyscrapers, the Port
Authority, and the construction of the World Trade Center complex.
York City Fire Museum
A display of September 11th related materials, such as cards and letters
of sympathy sent to the FDNY, patches and sentiments from firefighters
around the world who have come by to show their solidarity, as well
as Fire Department charts showing which fire companies responded and
how many firefighters were lost in the disaster.
York City Police Museum
Stronger Than Ever: NYPD Responds to 9/11
Sept. 6-Jan. 5, 2003
A tribute to the 23 police officers who lost their lives in the
September 11 attacks, featuring the artifacts from ground zero, photographs
and items on loan from fallen officers' families.
New York Hall of Science
Memorial Quilt Exhibition
September 7-11, 2002
A quilt made by visitors to the Science and Air
Space Museum in Oklahoma City and presented to the Hall as a symbol
Sentiments form Around the World letters
of codolence and sentiments sent by children from in the months following
the attacks on the World Trade Center.
York Historical Society
In the Light of Memory
A large globe painting of the view from the South Tower by artist
Beyond Ground Zero: The Forensic Science of Disaster
A series of images taken by photojournalist Richard Press at the
NYC Medical Examiners Office and Fresh Kills landfill in
the months following September11. The exhibition portrays the efforts
to find and identify victims of the World Trade Center disaster.
Twin Towers Remembered: The Photography of Camilo
A series of photographs of the World Trade Center over a period
of 31 years beginning in 1970.
A version of this exhibition was at the National Building Museum in
Washington, D.C. November 2001 March 2002.
Pilgrimage: Looking at Ground Zero
A photo essay by Kevin Bubriski portraying the faces of thousands
of people who came to the disaster site in the weeks following the tragedy.
August 1 - October 14, 2002
A series of images by Magnum agency photographers capturing the events
of September 11 as well as the reactions of New Yorkers in the days
immediately following the disaster.
May 21 - September 15, 2002
A demonstration of the infrastructure and its importance in the light
of the World Trade Center disaster.
Voices of America Tribute Card
Inspired by Dan Borunda of Simi Valley, California, who managed
to collect signatures and sentiments of thanks and support for the New
York emergency services workers on his cross-country tour.
National Museum of
the American Indian
Booming Out: Mohawk Iron Workers Build New York
Through Oct. 15
An exhibition portraying the lives of Mohawk ironworkers who helped
in the construction of the World Trade Center.
of Independent Artists At the New York Mercentile Exchange
Using Double Vision
Sept. 9-Dec. 27
An exhibition of paintings by seven different artists.
American Cultural Center
Skyline Remembered, Skyline Sought
Sept. 10-Oct. 8
A display featuring 20 collages by artist John Digby and models
and drawings by architect Mark Khidekel.
Sidney Mishkin Gallery
In Memory: The Art of Afterward
Sept. 6-Oct. 3
An exhibition examining the consequences of traumatic violence
in societies around the world.
All Available Boats: Harbor Voices
and Images 9.11.01
Photographs of port workers who assisted in the evacuation of people
from lower Manhattan on September 11.
Staten Island Botanical Garden
September 11, 2002
Groundbreaking for Garden of Healing and Staten Island Firefighters
Staten Island Historical Society
September 11 through Staten Island Eyes
September 4, 2002 November 17, 2002
An exhibition based on the September 11 tragedy and the responses of
the residents of Staten Island. It includes photographs, artifacts,
September 11 in the Ukrainian Media
A photographic and documentary exhibition featuring news coverage
of the September 11 attacks from the Ukrainian-American press.
Sponsored by the New
York Foundation for the Arts
Kaleidoscopes and Quilts
A display of fifteen art quilts by Paula Nadelstern.
Art & Historical Center
A collection of "memory jars" relating to the tragedy of September
September 12th, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
A display of photographs by Randi Barros.
NEW YORK EXHIBITIONS PRESENTED OVER THE PAST YEAR
Central Terminals Vanderbilt Hall
Faces of Ground Zero
January 9-20, 2002
An exhibition of 85 life-size photographs of emergency workers, survivors
and relatives of victims of the Sept. 11 attacks. "Ive
been shooting through tears a lot. Ive heard countless stories
of heroism, loss and recovery. There hasn't been a single bitter or
angry word. The mood in the studio has been one of acceptance and healing.
Anger has been absent," photographer Joe McNally told the Washington
Center of Photography
Dust to DNA: by Kevin Clarke and Mikey Flowers 9/11
June 28, 2002 - September 1, 2002
The third exhibition in the series "Imaging the Future: The Intersection
of Science, Technology, and Photography." The images portray the
hours following the attacks. Drew
Pisarra commented on the exhibition: "A couple of Flowers'
originals look like black and white photos until it registers: Dust
and smoke robbed the world of color in the aftermath."
of the City Of New York
After September 11: Images from Ground
An exhibition of 27 images by award-winning
photographer Joel Meyerowitz documenting the rescue efforts, recovery
and the excavation at the World Trade Center sire. The presentation
was also shown in galleries and museums, arranged by in cities all over
Ambreen Ahmed described the exhibition as "a moving experience,"
and stated that "the exhibit hits home the message that if terrorism
can wreak such havoc in the United States, hate-crimes or violent attacks
can strike anyplace, anywhere."
Brotherhood: In Strength and Sorrow, Images
of the FDNY.
A collective effort of 69 photographers who documented the firehouses
that lost members in the attacks on the World trade Center, showing
the impact of the tragedy on their fellow firefighters.
Pisarra commented on the exhibition: "The formal setting and
the increased image size work harmoniously to produce a visual eulogy
that no coffee table tome can match. Not merely harkening to the WTC
tragedy, these images remind you that the surviving firefighters continue
to risk their lives everyday."
Museum of Contemporary Art
World Views: Open Studio Exhibition
December 1, 2001January 13, 2002.
Exhibition space for the artists of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's
Artist-in-Residence Program at the World Trade Center, many of whom
lost their work in the Twin Towers collapse.
February 5-May 5
This exhibition commemorating the World Trade Centers 30th
anniversary originally planned to be presented by the Museum at Windows
on the World at the top of the World Trade Center in fall 2001. The
updated version of the exhibition was presented at the Skyscraper Museum
in the Lower Manhattan.
Renewing, Rebuilding, Remembering
exhibition portraying the impact of traumatic events on urban life in
light of manmade and natural disasters that took places in cities around
the world including Berlin, Germany; Beirut, Lebanon; Oklahoma City,
USA; Kobe, Japan; and Manchester, England.
OUTSIDE OF NEW YORK CITY
New Jersey Cultural Center
Vintage New York
An exhibition of artwork about New York City's history in the late
19th and early 20th centuries. It contains over a hundred images of
famous New Yorkers, interesting sites and important events.
Jersey Historical Society
Changed Lives: New Jersey Remembers September 11th, 2001.
September 11 December 7, 2002
An exhibition containing personal objects, artwork, photographs and
testimonies documenting New Jerseys response to the events of
York State Museum, Albany
The World Trade Center: Rescue Recovery Response
An exhibition portraying the rescue efforts of the emergency service
workers and the recovery operation at the Staten Island Landfill. It
also focuses on public response expressed at memorials held throughout
the city. The exhibition contains objects, photographs and video images.
National Museum of American History
September 11: Bearing Witness to History
An exhibition containing artifacts, images and personal stories that
bear witness to the events of September 11. The display will have several
sections, including photo gallery, video presentation produced by ABC
News and object gallery.
Barbara Museum of Art
June 27 -July 7, 2002
A ten-day exhibition of more than 140 photographs that chronicle the
events of September 11, 2001.
In Search of
An exhibition by artists from New York, Beijing, and Illinois who express
their reactions to the World Trade Center tragedy through their work.