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WTC MEMORIAL FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES PHOTOGRAPHY EXPO

 
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Monday, August 07, 2006

WTC MEMORIAL FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITIONS TO MARK 5th ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11
Outdoor photography exhibition “here: remembering 9/11” and “9/11 and the American Landscape: Photographs by Jonathan Hyman” to be First Public Programming Events for Memorial Museum

As part of the commemoration of the 5th anniversary of 9/11, The World Trade Center Memorial Foundation today announced its first programming events for the Memorial Museum, “here: remembering 9/11 ,” an outdoor photography exhibition, and “9/11 and the American Landscape: Photographs by Jonathan Hyman.” The exhibitions will engage visitors at the World Trade Center site from two different vantage points: at ground level at the perimeter fence for the “here:remembering 9/11" exhibition and from the 45th floor of 7 World Trade Center, where “9/11 and the American Landscape: Photographs by Jonathan Hyman” will be exhibited. Both exhibitions will present photographs which document individuals, our city and our nation responding to a tragic event.

WTC Memorial Foundation Acting President Joseph Daniels, said “Each day, thousands of visitors from all walks of life come to the World Trade Center site, seeking to pay their respects and to learn about the horror and heroism witnessed on September 11th. In commemoration of the 5th anniversary, the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation is hosting two exhibitions which will allow these visitors to remember the events of that day and look forward with renewed hope. These exhibitions are another important step in engaging the public to build a permanent memorial at the World Trade Center site and are an early precursor to the work of the Memorial Museum which will be a world-class institution that will both inform and inspire. We thank Silverstein Properties for allowing the opportunity for the “9/11 and the American Landscape” exhibition to take place in such an extraordinary setting in 7 WTC. In addition to enjoying this moving exhibition, visitors will have an incredible view of the start of construction for the Memorial from the 45th floor of 7 WTC.”

“These exhibitions represent the first public effort of the World Trade Center Memorial Museum,” said Alice M. Greenwald, Director of the Memorial Museum. “’here: remembering 9/11’ draws from an unprecedented and innovative exhibition experience which enabled a traumatized community and nation to mourn, respond, document, and move towards healing in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. Jonathan Hyman’s work focuses on the many expressions of public art in the aftermath of 9/11, documenting the surfaces of cars, houses, church signs and walls which became the canvas for a quintessentially American vernacular of longing, remembrance, defiance, and hope. Together, these exhibitions form a powerful tribute to mark the 5th anniversary of September 11th.

“We hope that visitors will take advantage of the tremendous views of the Trade Center site when they visit the Hyman exhibition at 7 WTC,” Ms. Greenwald said.

“I am delighted to be able to host this wonderful exhibition for the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation,” said Larry A. Silverstein, President and CEO of Silverstein Properties. “From the 45th floor of 7 WTC, visitors will view Jonathan Hyman’s photographs against the backdrop of this magnificent city. They will see what we have accomplished at this site so far and will get a glimpse of the majesty to come.”

“here: remembering 9/11” features a selection of photographs from the “here is new york: a democracy of photographs” exhibition, which formally opened to the public in New York City on September 25, 2001, as well as additional photographs commissioned for the 5th anniversary. The Foundation will unveil the exhibition later this summer.

“9/11 and the American Landscape: Photographs by Jonathan Hyman,” will feature a selection of 63 photographs of personal tributes and memorials created across the country in response to the attacks of 9/11.

Since September 11th, 2001, Jonathan Hyman has traveled the United States photographing the wide spectrum of American expression post-9/11 and has taken over 15,000 pictures of the personal tributes and memorials created in response to the attacks. From painted barnyards and firehouses to elaborate tattoos and neighborhood murals, the collection depicts a nation publicly coming to grips with a horrifying and shocking attack while at the same time trying to understand its new sense of vulnerability. The photographs present a unique chronicle of post-9/11 society as seen through the American vernacular.

“9/11 and the American Landscape: Photographs by Jonathan Hyman”

Jonathan Hyman traveled through parts of the Midwest and the East Coast from Maine to Virginia, making stops at Shanksville, Pa., the Pentagon, and Ground Zero for his photography project. In the fall of 2002, he photographed tributes from upstate New York to Chicago and back, passing through Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana. In the summer of 2003, he joined a cross-country, 9/11 charity motorcycle ride at the Ohio/Pennsylvania border and photographed the ride all the way to its final destination in New York City. In the spring of 2005, he made another round-trip to Chicago from upstate New York.

“9/11 and the American Landscape: Photographs by Jonathan Hyman” curator and WTC Memorial Foundation Senior Advisor Clifford Chanin said, “From within sight of Ground Zero to the far corners of rural America, Jonathan Hyman captures markers of memory imprints on the local landscape that bring back the essentials of September 11th. At times angry, at times sorrowful, often pitch-perfect, Hyman’s works declare publicly the mix of private feelings that Americans of all stripes have shared. This exhibition stands in tribute not only to what was lost on September 11, 2001, but to the resolve and spirit of the American people.”

Jonathan Hyman said, “The photographs I took, from the inner city to rural areas, from the spectacular to the banal, portray a nation constructing memories through the making of art as it attempts to simultaneously heal and understand the attacks.

“I feel a profound sense of sadness over the loss of so many lives and the damage the attacks caused and am deeply moved to have worked on a meaningful and useful project that coincided with a seminal moment in American history. I am honored to have my work displayed for the 5th anniversary of 9/11 and as the first event of the WTC Memorial Museum.”

Mr. Hyman’s photographs were presented at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. as part of the memorial concert, “Concert for America,” which aired on the first anniversary of the attacks, as well as at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington D.C. and the Rico/Maresca Gallery in New York City.

“9/11 and the American Landscape: Photographs by Jonathan Hyman” is one of two Jonathan Hyman exhibitions being presented on the occasion of the 5th anniversary of 9/11. A selection of photographs from Jonathan Hyman’s 9/11 series is also being exhibited by the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, PA, from September 8, 2006 to January 1, 2007.

A full color catalogue of the exhibition will be for sale, which includes an essay by acclaimed writer Pete Hamill. Mr. Hamill is a novelist, essayist and journalist whose career has spanned over forty years. He has been a columnist for the New York Post, the New York Daily News, New York Newsday, the Village Voice, New York magazine and Esquire. He has served as editor-in-chief of both the Post and the Daily News. Mr. Hamill witnessed the events of September 11, 2001, and its aftermath and wrote about them for the Daily News.

“9/11 and the American Landscape: Photographs by Jonathan Hyman” will be open to the public from September 8, 2006 to October 7, 2006 at 7 WTC, located at 250 Greenwich St., on the 45th floor. Admission to the exhibit is free.

The exhibition was made possible with the partnership and support of Silverstein Properties. 7 WTC, a 52-story tower designed by Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill, and developed by Silverstein Properties, is located just north of the World Trade Center site. 7 WTC was the last building to fall on September 11th, 2001 and was the first building rebuilt, opening on May 23, 2006.

ABOUT THE WORLD TRADE CENTER MEMORIAL FOUNDATION

The World Trade Center Memorial Foundation, Inc. is the not-for-profit corporation founded in 2005 to realize the Memorial quadrant at the World Trade Center site. The Foundation will raise the funds, oversee the design, and operate the Memorial, the Memorial Museum, and a Visitor Orientation and Education Center located on 8 of the 16 acres of the site.

The Memorial will remember and honor the thousands of people who died in the horrific attacks of February 26th, 1993 and September 11th, 2001. The design, "Reflecting Absence," created by Michael Arad and Peter Walker consists of two voids that reside in the footprints of the original Twin Towers surrounded by a plaza of oak trees. The Arad/Walker design was selected from a design competition which included more than 5,000 entrants from 63 nations.

The Memorial Museum will include artifacts, interactive exhibitions, a resource center, contemplative areas, and educational programming which will convey individual and collective stories honoring the memory of the victims and recounting the experiences of survivors, responders, area residents, and witnesses. The Memorial Museum will help facilitate an encounter with both the enormity of the loss and the triumph of the human spirit that are at the heart of 9/11, as it affirms the courage, compassion, sacrifice and resilience - the best of humanity - demonstrated at a moment of cataclysmic tragedy.

Donations can be made through the Foundation’s website, and more information on the Foundation can be found at http://www.buildthememorial.org/ or by calling 1-877-WTC-GIVE.
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