Exhibition: “Remembering 9/11” on view in the MRBR

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The responses of sixteen artists and writers, in books and photographs, are on display to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Neilson, Level 3.

Colored wood-engraving by Gaylord Schanilec from New York Revisited. New York: The Grolier Club, 2002

2011 Dates Exhibition: Remembering 9/11
Aug. 29 - Dec. 22
Mortimer Rare Book Room
Neilson Library, Level 3

So numerous are the artistic responses to 9/11, the United States Library of Congress created a subject heading to refer to these books: September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001-In Art.

The exhibition, Remembering 9/11, features creative responses ranging from a booklet with the words of Walt Whitman, printed by New York artist and Smith alumna Jane Timken just two months to the day following the attacks, to a just-published book presenting Richard Goodman's diary entries chronicling his frequent bicycle rides in downtown New York City, beginning just after 9/11. Goodman’s eloquent text is enriched with the colored wood engravings of Gaylord Schanilec. New York artist Mimi Gross began drawing on September 11, and Charles Bernstein started writing that day, too. Their book of drawings and text, published in 2005, presents glimpses of downtown New York during the immediate aftermath of 9/11. 

drawing by Mimi Gross and text by Charles Bernstein


Sheila Metzner's stunning photographs of Manhattan, shot in the year 2000, are the only items in the exhibition which were created before 9/11/2001. They capture the "twin towers" in all their glory and serve as poignant memorials of what has vanished, both the human beings and the architectural vista. All but one of the creators represented in this exhibition are American; one is British.

[Image left] Drawing by Mimi Gross and text by Charles Bernstein from Some of these Daze. New York: Granary Books, 2005.


Out of the Sky by Werner Pfeiffer

Werner Pfeiffer’s Out of the Sky, created in 2006 for the 5th anniversary of the attacks, is also on view. This book, with a prominent sculptural component, engages the reader/viewer as he or she assembles a series of printed segments to construct a model of the twin towers nearly 6 feet high. Images and names of victims of this terrorist attack are revealed as the sections are joined. In April 2008, at the opening reception for a retrospective exhibition of his work at Smith, Werner Pfeiffer spoke about 9/11 as he assembled Out of the Sky. Excerpts from this video are available here.

[Image right] Out of the Sky: 9/11 by Werner Pfeiffer. This three-dimensional book is his tribute to the victims of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Out of the Sky was produced in an edition of 52 copies on the fifth anniversary of the attack in 2006. It is shown here fully assembled to create a model of the twin towers nearly 6 feet high.


For more information, please contact:

Barbara Blumenthal
Mortimer Rare Book Room
(413) 585-2906