Friday, September 2, 2011

Powerful & Poignant Exhibits Commemorate 9/11

September 11, 2011 marks the 10th anniversary of the unthinkable terrorist attacks that took place at the Twin Towers, NYC, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and in the woods over Pennsylvania.  With great sadness, we will long remember that fateful morning, recalling in clear detail where we were and what we were doing.

Art can often express what words can’t. Tapping into that visual connection, I have chosen to highlight a few powerful and poignant exhibits that commemorate this national tragedy.

Graydon Parrish's  proposal sketch for 
"The Cycle of Terror and Tragedy, September 11, 2001"
Detail of Parrish's allegorical mural
THE CYCLE of TERROR and TRAGEDY… In 2002, Douglas Hyland, the executive director of the New Britain Museum of American Art, commissioned Classical-Realist artist, Graydon Parrish to undertake an monumental allegorical mural to memorialize the events surrounding 9-11. Hyland, who had great respect for the artist’s work, including his powerful allegorical painting about the early AIDS epidemic, considered no other artist. The resulting 8-by-18 foot long dramatic work of art, The Cycle of Terror and Tragedy, September 11, 2001, occupies a single wall in the museum’s Chase Family Building. Arguably one of the largest and most important of recent realist American paintings, its creator, Graydon Parrish, is a modern master and leading figure in classical art revival.

Visitors to the 2007 September 11th
Commemorative Ceremony
gather around the "Flight 93 Flag"
and share their experience
of September 11. (Photo by Chuck Wagner)
This year, two major 9-11 memorials will be opening for the first time: The National 9-11 Memorial at WTC New York City lists the names of every person who died in the 2001 and 1993 attacks, a powerful reminder of the largest loss of life resulting from a foreign attack on American soil and the greatest single loss of rescue personnel in American history; and the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, PA will honor the courage and sacrifice of the 40 heroes who fought back.A TRIBUTE  to the FORTITUDE of NYC… Now through October 16, The Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntingron, NY presents New York, New York, which pays tribute to the fortitude of New York City and the courage of her people. Museum admission is free to all visitors on Sunday, September 11, 2011

9/11 PEACE STORY QUILT… The 9/11 Peace Story Quilt designed by the artist Faith Ringgold and created in collaboration with New York City students’ ages 8 to 19, will be exhibited at The Metropolitan Museum of Art from August 30, 2011 through January 22, 2012. The Quilt is comprised of three 72-by-50 inch panels, each with 12 squares on the theme of peace.

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