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September 07, 2011

The International Center of Photography Remembers 9/11

By Rachel Wolff | Art

Gregg Brown's North Tower, 10/08/2001, from Above Ground Zero. Photo © Gregg Brown.

When deciding how to solemnly commemorate the tenth anniversary of September 11, New York's International Center of Photography (ICP) made a decision from the start—to not show images of the attack itself. "They're painful images, and they're images that have been shown 100 million times," says ICP curator Carol Squiers. "I wanted to focus on the people who had to clean up the tragedy." Squiers's exhibition, "Remembering 9/11," opening at ICP September 9, includes five distinct bodies of work, each focusing on the recovery. They range from Gregg Brown's sobering aerial photographs of Ground Zero to Francesc Torres's shots of World Trade Center materials that had been cleared and stored in a JFK Airport hangar. One of the more unusual projects is a 23-minute video collaboration from artist Elena del Rivero and filmmaker Leslie McCleave. It captures the steady stream of dust, papers and debris that infiltrated del Rivero's home and studio, located just blocks away from the attack site. September 9 through January 8. 1133 Avenue of the Americas; 212-857-0000; icp.org.

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