Preview: Events Commemorating 9/11

By Peggy Roalf   Friday August 26, 2011

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Tuesday, September 6, 6-8 pm: Return, Remember: Ephemeral Memorials in the Legacy of September 11th, a panel discussion with Martha Cooper, renowned documentary photographer;Dr. Harriet F. Senie, Museum Studies Dir., City College; Kay Turner, Folk Arts Dir., Brooklyn Arts Council; and Steve Zeitlin, City Lore Director. Presented by The powerHouse Arena and Brooklyn Arts Council. Followed by a book signing for IRemembering 9/11 by Martha Cooper. The powerHouse Arena, 37 Main Street, DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY.

Tuesday, September 6-Wednesday September : The 9/11 Performance Project, a series of new plays and public dialogues, presents a counter-narrative of the past 10 years with an acclaimed revival and two world premieres.. Information. Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 899 Tenth Avenue (between 58th-59th Streets), NY, NY.

Wednesday, September 7, 6-8 pm, opening reception for Al Braithwaite: Twinned Towers. Leila Heller Gallery, 39 East 78th Street, NY, NY.

Wednesday, September 7, 6-8 pm, opening reception for Ten Years After Nine/Eleven – Searching for a 21st Century Landscape featuring photographers Garth Lenz, Michael Robinson Chavez, Florian Büttner, & Michael Busse. RSVP. The powerHouse Arena, 37 Main Street, DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY.

Wednesday, September 7-Saturday, September 17: What Matters Now | Proposals for a New Front Page. An exhibition in progress, Monday-Saturday, 10am-6pm with hosts Wafaa Bilal, Melissa Harris, Stephen Mayes, Joel Meyerowitz, Fred Ritchin and Deborah Willis. As the project begins, each of the hosts will have a designated space, but the walls will be empty. Progressively throughout the first two weeks of the “exhibition,” the walls will be filled in whatever manner each table decides. As the exhibition emerges, its contents will be posted online, daily, via a dedicated blog, as well as via Facebook and Twitter, at #whatmattersnow; allowing remote participants to respond and to create a seventh wall dedicated to ideas from the public. This website will go live prior to the opening of the exhibition.The exhibition will be on view September 17-24. Information. Aperture Gallery and Bookstore, 547 West 27th Street, 4th floor, NY, NY.

Friday, September 9: Opening day for Remembering 9/11.Ten years after the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, the International Center of Photography, in conjunction with the National September 11 Memorial Museum (NS11MM), presents Remembering 9/11, an exhibition that will focus the aftermath of those events. International Center of Photography, 1133 Avenue of the Americas, NY, NY.

September 9, 12 and 13: Ten Years of Terror -Guggenheim Museum Film Screenings.In recognition of the ten year anniversary of September 11th, TenYearsofTerrorexamines the theoretical, empirical, and aesthetic dimensions of violence and the ensuing state of terror it produces.  This series of reflections by key canonical thinkers such as Saskia Sassen, Michael Hardt, Noam Chomsky, Zygmunt Bauman, and others closely examines the enactment and ramifications of violence in our modern times. Film directors Brad Evans and Simon Critchley will be available for questions following each screening. FREE with museum admission. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue at 89th Street, NY, NY. Information.

Friday, September 9: Opening reception, 6-8 pm: here is new york: a democracy of photographs. The project’s Web site,, features the more than 5000 images submitted to the original exhibition (which was installed in a vacant Soho storefront) and an exhibition chronology. Now part of the September 11 Web Archive of the Library of Congress, the site is no longer being updated. The exhibition is on view September 6017 at School of Visual Arts, Westside Gallery, 133/141 West 21st Street, NY, NY.

Saturday, September 10-October 30:The Brooklyn Museum will commemorate the tenth anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, with an installation, Ten Years Later: Ground Zero Remembered, the focal point of which will be a work in the late Michael Richards's Tuskegee Airmen Series (1997) and Christoph Draeger's photographic jigsaw puzzle WTC, September 17 (2003).

Saturday, September 10, 5-9 pm: Opening reception, Photographs by Hale Gurland.Never-before-seen photographs from Ground Zero will be on exhibit to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Hale Gurland is a sculptor, photographer welder, and Tribeca resident who was called upon to help the rescue and recover mission that night. His black and white images recall Brueghel’s inferno, shot on 5 rolls of film the next few nights, before the media were granted access. Co-presented with Contact Press Images. Fovea Exhibitions, 143 Main Street, Beacon, NY.

Saturday, September 10, 5-7 pm: Opening reception for Rewriting Lossfeaturing photographs and a film by Chichester-based visual artist Carla Shapiro as a meditation on tragedy, memory, and healing which will be on view from September 10 - October 9, 2011 at the Center for Photography at Woodstock, 59 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY.Save the date: Saturday, October 1st for panel discussion, “Art and Healing,” with Carla Shapiro and CPWs Education Coordinator, Lindsay Stern.

Sunday, September 11, 2-3:30 pm: Objects and Memory, a film about individuals who have preserved meaningful objects in the aftermath of personal upheaval (Brian Danitz and Jonathan Fein, 2008, 62 min., PG), and three animated short films based on interviews recorded by the oral history project StoryCorps in which people remember loved ones lost on 9/11 (Mike and Tim Rauch, 2011, 12 min., NR). A question-and-answer session with Fein and the Rauch brothers follows. Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY.

Sunday, September 11, 11 am-6:00 pm: The New Museum offers free admission all day.The Museum presents New York-based artist Elena del Rivero’s[Swi:t] Home: A CHANT  in the lobby gallery from September 6-26 to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the World Trade Center tragedy on September 11, 2001. The New Museum, 235 Bowery (opposite Prince Street), NY, NY.

Sunday, September 11, 4:00 pm:On the ten-year anniversary of 9/11, we remember the tragic events and where we were on that day. This collective memory, shared around the world, is being reflected in the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. Jake Barton of Local Projects will discuss the creation of the media design for the 9/11 Memorial Museum, the Memorial Guide digital wayfinding and storytelling apps, and an algorithm developed to help in the arrangement of names of those honored by the Memorial. BMW Guggenheim Lab, First Park, Second Avenue and Houston Street, NY, NY.

Thursday, September 15-Sunday, September 18 and Thursday, September 22-Sunday, September 25: stillspotting nyc: manhattan.Arvo Part and Snohetta. For the second edition of stillspotting nyc, a two-year multidisciplinary project that takes the Guggenheim Museum’s programming out into the streets of New York City’s boroughs, Estonian composer Arvo Pärt and U.S. and Norway–based architecture firm Snøhetta create urban soundscapes around Lower Manhattan that explore the relationship between space and sound. Various locations in Lower Manhattan. The Guggenheim Museum in collaboration with the Spatial Information Design Lab (Columbia University) and the Photography, Video, and Related Media Program (School of Visual Arts). Information.

Editor's Note: Please send press releases about events commemorating 9/11 in New York to for consideration. This list will be updated and posted on September 6th.


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