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9/11 Elegies

Warning: This post will be long. To start, I began my project with the crazy notion that I could speak for twenty minutes on what an elegy was and why it had anything to do with 9/11 specifically. I ended up google-ing “9/11 elegies” and finding a wide variety of mediums. A lot of people […]

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Don Dellilo – more prophecy

I found this book on a bookshelf at home over spring break and was surprised at the cover, given that the only publication/copywrite date for this edition I could find was 1997. I think that might be a bird, but it might also be a plane…  

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Saint Sebastian at the National Gallery

While I was at the National Gallery of Art in D.C. taking photos for my second oral report, I stumbled across this small bronze of Saint Sebastian next to some very realistic sculptures of frogs and a crab.

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Telling your own story

Hopefully by hearing others’ stories our eyes have been opened, and we can now better understand the effects of September 11th. Despite the focus of my presentation being mainly on the collection of people’s initial emotional reactions to the events of September 11th, the art pieces submitted can also be seen as a coping mechanism. […]

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“Picasso wasn’t at Guernica…”

Click the image to se a larger version of Picasso’s Guernica.

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Executions on the 3rd of May Francisco Goya  

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Eric Fischl’s “Tumbling Woman”

Although our primary focus in this class is the literature of 9/11, one of the particularly interesting and complex issues that arose in the wake of the tragedy was the public’s response to visual art, particularly “public art.” Such works — those that are situated in a public place where the work might be encountered […]

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9/11: Video Killed the Radio Star

From Harper’s Magazine, December 2001: A song list compiled by Clear Channel Communications executives and distributed to their affiliates in the wake of the September 11 attacks. Clear Channel, with 1,200 stations the largest radio conglomerate in the country, suggested that DJs refrain from playing the songs due to their “questionable lyrics.” “99 Luft Baloons/99 […]

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Steve Reich, “WTC 9/11”

Here is a link to the first movement from Steve Reich‘s composition “WTC 9/11.” The music is performed by the Kronos Quartet with recorded voices from 9/11. The photograph shown in the video (below, left) was to appear on the cover of the album, but a new cover (below, right) was selected after many objected to […]

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Anselm Kiefer

 

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Artistic Responses to 9/11

The chart below originally appeared in New York magazine as a part of its “Encyclopedia of 9/11.” You might find it helpful as you begin to explore potential topics for those oral reports not on the required texts. (Click on the image below to enlarge it.)  

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Convergences

  The image at the far left is by the painter Velázquez; it’s a depiction (c.1650) of Mars, the Roman god of war. Next to this image is a photograph by Joel Meyerowitz of a welder working in the wreckage of the World Trade Center after the 9/11 attacks. These images appear in the first chapter of […]

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