Observing the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 in NYC

The official 9/11 memorial will be unveiled on Sunday, but visitors will be restricted. You can pay tribute to those 2,983 individuals who lost their lives that day at events that are taking place all across the city. Photo: [Untitled], 2001 © Peter Foley

NEW YORK CITY, September 7, 2011—On this solemn anniversary, New York City will host a number of events to remember 9/11 and commemorate the 2,983 individuals who lost their lives that day. 

The Tenth Anniversary of 9/11: Remembrance, Hope And Renewal
St. Bart’s, a strikingly designed Episcopal church, along with the Grand Central Partnership, present a day of church services, live music, and events, with a focus on honoring local Midtown firefighters and their families. Services take place throughout the day, starting at 8 am and ending at 5 pm.

A special 9/11 service takes place at 11 am and will include a performance of Gabriel Fauré’s “Requiem” accompanied by full orchestra and the St. Bartholomew’s Choir, St. Bartholomew’s Boy and Girl Choristers, and St. Bart’s Singers.

St Bart’s, 325 Park Avenue, Manhattan. Sunday, 9/11. 8 am to 5 pm. Free.

Make Believe: A Tribute to Jerome Kern
In remembrance of 9/11, a free concert of songs and scenes dedicated to the work of Jerome Kern – the master behind such musicals as “Showboat” — will be performed by the Little Opera Theatre of NY in the stunning setting of Socrates Sculpture Park.

Selections also include Kern standards like “A Fine Romance” and “The Way You Look Tonight.”

Socrates Sculpture Garden, 32-01 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City, Queens. Sunday, 9/11. 6 pm. Free.

“September 11” Exhibit

Part of PS1's September 11 exhibit, George Segal's sculpture Woman on a Park Bench © 2011 The George and Helen Segal Foundation.

Part of PS1’s September 11 exhibit, George Segal’s sculpture Woman on a Park Bench © 2011 The George and Helen Segal Foundation.

PS1, the Museum of Modern Art’s outpost in Long Island City, opens this major exhibition of 70 works that ask viewers to reflect on how 9/11 has “altered the ways in which we see and experience the world.”

Pieces by such seminal artists as Diane Arbus, Christo, John Chamberlain, Barbara Kruger, and Yoko Ono and John Lennon will be on display.

PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave., Long Island City, Queens. Sunday, 9/11. Noon to 6 pm. $10.

“The 9-11 Peace Story Quilt” Lecture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
In conjunction with the exhibit “The 9-11 Peace Story Quilt,” the Sunday at the Met lecture will feature Faith Ringgold, who will speak about the Quilt, which she designed and constructed in collaboration with Grace Matthews and New York City students.

The Quilt “conveys the importance of communication across cultures and religions to achieving the goal of peace.”

The Metropolitan Museum of Art,1000 Fifth Ave., Manhattan. Sunday, 9/11, 2 pm to 4 pm. Free with museum admission.

Remembering September 11 Commemorative Concert at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Wordless Music Orchestra premieres the live orchestration of William Basinski’s ambient work “Disintegration Loop 1.1.” Basinski created and conceived the piece from his residence in downtown Brooklyn in the weeks following 9/11.

The program will also include three other works that are meant to evoke memory and remembrance: Ingram Marshall’s “Fog Tropes II” for string quartet and tape, Osvaldo Golijov’s “Tenebrae” for string quartet, and Alfred Schnittke’s “Collected Songs Where Every Verse is Filled with Grief.”

The  Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave., Manhattan. Sunday, 9/11, 3:30 pm. Free with museum admission.

Sanctuary Still: Brooklyn Reflects on a Decade Since 9/11
St. Ann’s hosts this community event to honor the spirit of the borough of Brooklyn and its unique perspective on 9/11. The program features presentations by Brooklyn-based authors, religious leaders, elected officials, first responders from the fire and police departments, and community members.

The Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, the String Orchestra of Brooklyn, the Grace and Spiritus Chorale of Brooklyn, and the St. Ann’s Choir will perform.

St. Ann & The Holy Trinity Church, Clinton and Montague Streets, Brooklyn Heights. Sunday, 9/11, 3 pm to 6 pm. Free.

Remembering 9-11 at the International Center of Photography     

Peter Foley’s photographs are on view as part of the Remembering 9-11 exhibit at the International Center of Photography.

In conjunction with the National September 11 Memorial Museum, the ICP debuts this exhibition of photography and video that addresses the issues of memory and recovery from disaster and explores how New Yorkers and those across America responded to the tragedy. 

The show is divided into five parts: Memory Remains: 9/11 Artifacts at Hangar 17, an installation by Francesc Torres; photos from Eugene Richards’ Stepping Through the Ashes; a five-channel video installation, “cedarliberty,” by Elena del Rivero and Leslie McCleave; Above Ground Zero, photographs and proof sheets by Gregg Brown; and excerpts from “here is new york: a democracy of photographs.” 

There will be free tours of the exhibit every hour on Sunday, 9/11.

ICP, 1133 Avenue of the Americas, Manhattan. Admission is free on Sunday, 9/11. 

“Ten Years Later: Ground Zero Remembered” at the Brooklyn Museum

 World Trade Center, September 17, 2003, Brooklyn Museum, Image: Christoph Draeger

World Trade Center, September 17, 2003, Brooklyn Museum, Image: Christoph Draeger

The Brooklyn Museum will commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11 with this just-opened exhibit, which includes work by Michael Richards “Tuskegee Airmen Series” (1997), who was working as an artist-in-residence with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council at its studios in the World Trade Center and died in the attack on Tower One. 

Also a focal point is “WTC, September 17” (2003), Christoph Draeger’s photographic jigsaw puzzle. Both will be displayed alongside two 2002 comment books filled with text and images by visitors who viewed images documenting 9/11 displayed on the first anniversary of the attacks.

Brooklyn Museum of Art, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn. Admission, $10.

Film Screening: Commemorating 9/11 at the Brooklyn Museum
This program of films, as well as a Q&A, includes “Objects and Memory” (Brian Danitz and Jonathan Fein, 2008), a movie about “individuals who have preserved meaningful objects in the aftermath of personal upheaval,” and three animated shorts (Mike and Tim Rauch, 2011) based on interviews recorded by the oral history project StoryCorps, in which people remember loved ones lost on 9/11.

The screening will be a Q&A with the filmmakers Fein and the Rauch brothers.

Brooklyn Museum of Art, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn. Sunday, 9/11, 2 pm to 3:30 pm. Free with museum admission.

“Tribute in Light”
These twin beams of light that illuminate the Lower Manhattan sky – and can be seen throughout much of the city — honor the victims of the World Trade Center attacks. The illumination begins at dusk on Sunday,  9/ 11 and runs overnight until 7:30 am on Monday, 9/12. Click here for a list of the best viewing locations through the city and New Jersey.

September 11 Commemorative Dance Performance
The Joyce Theater Foundation presents two performances over the weekend by the Limón Dance Company with Voices of Ascension; the Paul Taylor Dance Company with Orchestra of St. Luke’s; “A Song for You” from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; a world premiere by Jessica Lang Dance created especially for the occasion (and featuring former Ailey dancers Clifton Brown and Jamar Roberts on alternating nights); Purcell’s “Chaconne in G minor for strings” performed by the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. 

Nelson A. Rockefeller Park, north end of Battery Park City, at the corners of River Terrace and Warren Streets.  Saturday, 9/10 and Sunday, 9/11. 5 pm. Free.


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