September 26, 2011
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In the same way you will always remember where you were when John Lennon was shot, you will always remember where you where and what you were doing when you found out about 9/11.
Ten years after the most shocking and horrific terrorist attacks ever to occur on American soil, MoMA PS1 is to hold an exhibition to provide a subjective framework to consider the attacks in New York and their aftermath.
The prolific 9/11 has been somewhat underrepresented within the realms of contemporary art and the “September 11” exhibition aims to explore how the impact of 9/11 has altered culture and society.
This unique exhibition will feature more than 70 different works by a total of 41 artists from a broad spectrum of artistic mediums. The works all focus on New York prior to the 9/11 attacks.
For example, the installation includes a photograph taken by Diana Arbus in the 1950s of a newspaper blowing across a street in New York, denoting a haunting context within the location of 9/11.
Similar melancholic feelings are conjured up by photographs of John Pilson, who took images in the World Financial Center in the late 1990s showing intimate scenes of office life in the neighbouring World Trade Center towers.
September 11 has been curated by Peter Eleey, who has worked as a curator for Creative Time, and, since 2007, at the Walker Art Center, before being appointed as curator of MoMA PS1.
Talking about the ways in which the September 11 exhibition explores how society has be transformed in the wake of 9/11, Peter Eleey said:
“Even though the towers are gone, we see literal and figurative echoes of them everywhere, whether in the silhouettes of two parallel trees in an Alex Katz landscape, or in a variety of ways that our culture has changed in response to the attacks that brought them down.”
“The street shrines and spontaneous memorials that sprung up throughout the city after 9/11 remain unrivalled for me in their commemorative power. I hope this exhibition will offer another way of thinking about what happened and reflecting on the event’s continued presence in our lives,” Peter Eleey added.
The September 11 exhibition will run at the MoMA PS1 until January 9, 2012.