||Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions
Visual Arts Department
Civic Square Building, Room 203
Mason Gross School of the Arts
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
33 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
732-932-2222, Ext. 838
Contact: Allison Lindblom
732-932-2222, Ext. 838
Always Remember 9/11 Exhibit will open at the Brodsky Center Gallery at the Heldrich Hotel & Conference Center, Thursday, September 16, 2010
New Brunswick, NJ, August 23, 2010
The Always Remember 9/11 Exhibit will open at the Brodsky Center Gallery at the Heldrich Hotel & Conference Center on September 16, 2010 with a free public reception from 6:30 - 8:30 at the Heldrich, 10 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, New Jersey. The exhibition features a selection of artwork commemorating the lives and stories of September 11, 2001. The exhibition continues through November 30, 2010. The exhibition is cosponsored by the Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions, Visual Arts Department, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University; Voices of September 11th (VOICES); New Brunswick Development Corporation (DEVCO); and The Heldrich Hotel & Conference Center.
The exhibition has been curated by the Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions and Voices of September 11th contributed the content. People all over the United States have created artwork commemorating September 11, 2001. The exhibition will feature quilts and flags made by adult quilters and school children; photographs of sculpture memorials commissioned by municipalities in New Jersey and elsewhere (in New Jersey alone, there are over 100 memorial sculptures); collective books and paintings by children in school classrooms; handmade sympathy cards sent by school children to the families who lost loved ones in the New York, Pentagon, and Pennsylvania attacks; and photographs of some of the personal commemorations such as the firefighter who had a memorial design tattooed on his entire back or the spontaneous temporary memorials on street corners and in fire houses.
The public is also invited to visit the Voices of September 11th office which is located at 84 Albany Street, New Brunswick, New Jersey. Additional exhibits will be on display, including the 9/11 Living Memorial Project that chronicles the lives of those lost through photographs and personal keepsakes, a face quilt created by the 9/11 families, commemorative books, flags and children’s artwork. The VOICES office is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm. Visit the Voices of September 11th website to learn more about the 9/11 Living Memorial Project and how to participate in the project.
The Honorable Thomas H. Kean, chair of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States and former governor of the state of New Jersey will be a special guest at the reception and will give remarks.
The Voices of September 11th was co-founded by 9/11 family members Mary Fetchet and Beverly Eckert following the attacks on September 11th, 2001. Led by Ms. Fetchet, a clinical social worker who lost her 24 year old son Brad, VOICES provides support services that promote resiliency and address the long term needs of 9/11 families, rescue workers, and survivors. VOICES hosts an annual September 10th Day of Remembrance events in New York City. VOICES supported the creation of the 9/11 Commission and their reforms with a focus on promoting national preparedness. VOICES has over 11,000 members living in the United States and abroad and offices in New Canaan, CT, and New Brunswick, NJ. In 2006, VOICES launched the 9/11 Living Memorial Project that honors the nearly 3,000 lives lost and documents the inspirational stories of survivors and rescue workers through an extensive collection of over 40,000 photographs, written materials and personal keepsakes donated by the families. The Living Memorial will continue to expand overtime and include audio and video. It will be a core component of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum being created at Ground Zero.
The Brodsky Center makes it possible for students at Rutgers University to become immersed in printmaking and hand papermaking, through the Center's artist-in-residence program which brings world class artists to the Rutgers campus to create new work and interact with students. The printed image is increasingly important to contemporary artists in their art practice, and artists such as Kiki Smith and William Kentridge come to Rutgers repeatedly to make new art and work with students.