National 9/11 Museum to Open Its First Art Exhibition This September

National September 11 Memorial & Museum on Facebook
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September 2016 will mark the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. On September 12, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum will open its first art exhibition, which will focus on works created in response to the tragic event.

According to The New York Times, since it opened to the public in 2014, the underground memorial museum has mostly displayed items from its large collection of historical artifacts, save for one commissioned work by New York-based artist Spencer Finch (above). The new exhibition, titled Rendering the Unthinkable: Artists Respond to 9/11, will display paintings, sculptures, videos, and works on paper by 13 New York-based artists. Museum director Alice M. Greenwald tells The New York Times that "it's a way to bring people back to the museum for a second time, and it’s a way to bring in people who might not choose to come otherwise."

The museum's Facebook page has shared previews of some of the works featured in the show, including pieces from artists Christopher Saucedo, Manju Shandler, and Todd Stone (below). You'll also find a press release on the museum's website [PDF] for the exhibit announcing other works by the likes of Gustavo Bonevardi, Monika Bravo, Eric Fischl, and the performance art company Blue Man Group.

Manju Shandler, “Gesture” (2001-2003)

Todd Stone, “Lifting,” “9:03” and “3:45” from “Witness” series 2001

Christopher Saucedo, “World Trade Center as a Cloud” (2011)

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