It’s 9/11 tenth anniversary week, and in addition to witnessing the opening of a whole new museum devoted to the tragic events of that day, most of the city’s major museums (and a few galleries) are planning commemorative exhibitions of their own. Several are also offering free admission all weekend, or at least on Sunday, like…
The 9/11 Peace Story Quilt at the Metropolitan Museum (August 30-January 22): One of Faith Ringgold‘s most ambitious story quilts, this one was assembled by a team of New York City students aged 8 to 18. In three panels totaling 36 squares, it charts the importance of communication across time and cultures, and the effect of 9/11 on the city’s kids.
Twin Towers and the City: Photographs by Camilo Jose Vergara, Paintings by Romain de Plas at the Museum of the City of New York (September 3-December 4): While de Plas’s paintings of the iconic towers—executed in his Lower East Side studio during the year following the attacks until he died at age 31 in 2002—are virtually abstract and Vergara’s photographs from the 70s to 2011 have a crisp documentary precision, both offer arresting and idiosyncratic views of Lower Manhattan.
Charting Ground Zero: Ten Years After at Woodward Gallery (September 7-October 23): Taking a more geological approach, Woodward Gallery, the City of New York and the Center for the Advanced Research of Spatial Information have compiled this extensive ground and aerial survey of the World Trade Center site immediately following 9/11 up to the present.
PIIOTOS_TWC at 1500 Gallery (September 7-17): This Brazilian photography gallery, quite logically, has assembled some 22 Brazilian photographers’ photos of the World Trade Center taken over the last 30 years—including the shot by Tuca Reines at the top of this post.
Elena del Rivero: [Swi:t] Home: A CHANT at the New Museum (September 7-October 2): Admission to the NuMu is free on Sunday, but you can see their 9/11-related exhibit for free anytime because it’s in the ground floor gallery. Elena del Rivero, who was in Spain at the time of the attacks, had a studio directly across the street from the WTC. When she returned to New York she found her space full of ash, dust, ruble, and sheets of paper. For five years she cleaned these scraps and sewed them onto the immense rolls of fabric on view here.
Ten Years Later at the Brooklyn Museum (September 7-October 30): This small show focuses on two artworks, a giant jigsaw puzzle of widely trafficked news images form 9/11 assembled by Christoph Draeger, and a heartfelt monument to the Tuskegee airmen by the artist Michael Richards, who died in the attacks.
Remembering 9/11 at the New York Historical Society (September 8-April 1): Admission to this exhibition will be free through November 10. It brings together a selection of photos of the aftermath of 9/11 taken by amateur and professional photographers, as well as letters to members of the NYPD and FDNY, artifacts placed at makeshift shrines around the city, and original drawings of the National September 11 Memorial made by architect Michael Arad and landscape architect Peter Walker.
Remember 9/11 at the International Center of Photography (September 9-January 8): In this collaborative exhibition with the National September 11 Memorial Museum, ICP will present this five-part exhibition that includes Francesc Torres’s installation “Memory Remains: 9/11 Artifacts at Hangar 17,” photographs from Eugene Richards’ Stepping Through the Ashes series, Elena del Rivero and Leslie McCleave’s five-channel video installation “cedarliberty,” Gregg Brown’s photos and proof sheets from Above Ground Zero, and excerpts from here is new york: a democracy of photographs.
September 11 at MoMA PS1 (September 11-January 9): This, the most abstract and intriguing of the 9/11 exhibitions, was curated by Peter Eleey and features no images from that day and many works that date from long before those events took place. Rather, the aim of this 70-piece exhibition is to heighten viewers’ awareness of the ways in which the events of 9/11 and their wide-ranging effects have changed our ways of thinking, seeing and living.
(Image courtesy Tuca Reines and 1500 Gallery)