10th anniversary tributes and memorials
For the last decade, the end of summer has meant one thing to New Yorkers, even subconsciously: the anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001. Hard to believe, but this year marks the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, and New Yorkers still haven’t forgotten. Whether they’re celebrating the memory of the victims and the heroism of the first responders via painting, concerts or, in true New York City fashion, down and dirty Downtown cabaret, August and September are filled with chances to pay homage to what happened that day. Here are just a few of the scheduled events.
9/11 10th Anniversary Reflections
The exhibition offers a chance for visitors to sift through the personal reflections of those who lived or worked in Downtown Manhattan on the day the Twin Towers fell. Volunteers are traveling the city collecting the recollections of New Yorkers on Mylar cards, which will be arranged and displayed along the pathways in Battery Park’s Garden of Remembrance on Aug. 4, and kept on display through September.
In conjunction with the exhibit, instrumental artists will hold free concerts Sept. 10 and 11, 2–4 p.m., in partnership with Feel the Music! on the south side of ground zero (at 120 Liberty St.) for reflection and remembrance. For a chance to contribute to the 9/11 10th Anniversary Reflections project, visit www.tributewtc.org.
9/11: The World Speaks
Multitudes of visitors stream through the Tribute WTC Visitor Center sharing personal experiences, tributes to victims and those who responded, and other remembrances. 9/11: The World Speaks is a collection of these visitor cards from the past five years, offering a window into the feelings and memories of local and international visitors to the site.
On Aug. 16 at 6 p.m., Tribute WTC is holding a book launch at its space on 120 Liberty St., on the south side of ground zero. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.tributewtc.org.
9/11 Peace Story Quilt
This special exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, opening Aug. 30, seeks to shine light on the importance of dialogue across cultures in pursuit of peace. The quilt was designed by Faith Ringgold and constructed in collaboration with NYC students ranging in age from 8 to 19. Numerous panels on the quilt seek to tap into the same theme of peace and dialogue, and will be displayed alongside other, related works of art. For more information, visit www.metmuseum.org.
This photography exhibition, on view Sept. 9–Jan. 8, 2012, at International Center of Photography (1133 6th Ave.), shows how firefighters, construction workers, police officers, artists, photographers and ordinary citizens responded on that day 10 years ago when the Twin Towers fell. The exhibition includes a video installation, photos of thousands of artifacts found at the site and other poignant images. For more information, visit www.icp.org.
Paintings From the Perimeter
New York City-based artist Sally Pettus has collected a series of her paintings in this exhibit, opening Sept. 3 at KS Art (73 Leonard St.), documenting scenes from the reconstruction of the World Trade Center site using oil on canvas. Paintings from the Perimeter catalogs the 10-plus paintings she entered in the World Trade Memorial Site Competition in 2003, from the perspective of an outsider looking down into the site.
In Remembrance and Renewal
A Sept. 10 concert for New York in memory of 9/11 by the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall, the program will feature Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection. For more information, visit nyphil.org.
The 10th Anniversary Memorial Political Cabaret! at the Highline Ballroom
On Sept. 11, at 7 p.m., this three-hour extravaganza at the Highline Ballroom, featuring stars from the Downtown NYC arts scene, promises to be a gritty, politically incorrect celebration of the memories, sense of togetherness and heartache that surrounds the events of 9/11, its aftermath and the way our relationship to “terror” and the U.S. government was forever changed. A potent brew of nudity, poetry, dance, song, comedic commentary and drag, the evening will be divided into three 45-minute acts, rising in political incorrectness. Act 1, “A Love Letter to New York; Act 2, “An America in Transition”; Act 3, “Oh NO you DI-INT!” The event’s promoters promise that the “third act [will be] the most lovingly outrageous thing you will see all year, meant to inspire desire and burn our artistic fire!” All proceeds go to the Uniformed Firefighters Association of New York’s Widows and Childrens Fund.
September 11 10th Anniversary Commemorative Concert
Organized by Symphony Space, musicians from the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera perform a commemorative tribute to the people of New York City on the 10th anniversary of September 11 at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, Sept. 11, 7 p.m. The evening’s program will include specially selected music and poetry from David Amram, Brahms, Samuel Barber, Chopin, Lera Auerbach, Liszt, Schumann, Laura Kaminsky (New York premiere), Astor Piazzolla, Jon Deak (world premiere), Wagner, Drew Hemenger (world premiere), Sean Hickey, Simon Mulligan (New York premiere), Justin Tokke and Franco Alfano (American premiere). For more information, visit www.symphonyspace.org.
In Performance: Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of September 11, 2001
At 5 p.m. on Sept. 11 and 12, The Joyce Theater Foundation will present two free performances at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Park (north end of Battery Park City, west of River Terrace) to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11. This special event will feature performances by the Limón Dance Company with Voices of Ascension; the Paul Taylor Dance Company with Orchestra of St. Luke’s; and a new work created by Jessica Lang especially for this occasion, among others to be announced. The free event will feature general lawn seating on a first come, first served basis.
Half of the 16 acres at the World Trade Center are dedicated to the 9/11 Memorial, which will be open to the public for the first time on Sept. 12, after a closed ceremony the day before. The names of every person who died in the terrorist attacks of Feb. 26, 1993, and Sept. 11, 2001, are inscribed in bronze around the twin memorial pools that are the heart of the site.
Because of ongoing construction around the memorial, you’ll have to secure a visitor’s pass ahead of time. To do so, visit www.911memorial.org. The entrance is located at the northeast corner of Albany and Greenwich streets.
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