Remembering 9/11

Press Release

Long Island City, NY—August 23, 2011— In remembrance of the 10th anniversary of 9/11, LaGuardia Community College is hosting a multi-media exhibition by 15 artists, many from Lower Manhattan who were eye witnesses to the tragic events, including one who died while working in the North Tower when it was struck. The exhibition will be on display through November 23rd.

“Witness—A Look Back to the Future,” comprises works that capture the devastation of property, art, the American worldview and the artists’ community as they knew it. Included will be video footage taken on September 11 and the days that followed by artists who lived below 14th St – the only civilians allowed into the area for many weeks. It will capture the spontaneous shrines and walls collaged with posters during the citywide search for the missing, as well as the gradual re-building of ground zero.

“The exhibition will have works emblematic of the neighborhood and community before, during and after the 9/11 tragedy,” said Professor Kristin Jefferson, the exhibition’s curator. “It will reveal the up-close and personal ravages that brought an end to a way of life for the country and for a lower Manhattan community of artists. The exhibition, however, is also a tribute to our nation’s character and resilience. The haunting images in the exhibition are both personal and part of our communal memories. They are a look back to the future by 15 artists who were there at ground zero and through their art bear witness for us all.”

Simultaneous to the major exhibition will be a collection of 9/11 works done by LaGuardia fine art majors, faculty and alumni.

The students’ exhibit, entitled “10 Years Later,” is the result of work done in two art classes and curated by Professor Bruce Brooks. The assignments were similar in that they are Combine Paintings--mixed media pieces, which to some degree are three dimensional. “The subject was the aftermath of a tragedy of international proportions that had some kind of affect personally or ethnically and possibly life changing elements,” said Professor Brooks. “This left interpretations open to 9/11, Hiroshima, the Holocaust, Pol Pot, Franco and other horrors perpetrated throughout human history. The interpretation was to utilize abstraction as a visual tool akin to poetry in its diverse metaphors.”

The major exhibition will be held in the E-building 5th Floor Presidential Gallery and the students’ exhibition will be on display on the 4th floor of the E-building at 31-10 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City. For more information, please call (718) 482-5055.