Art: Five Years After 9/11


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By Sharon Fujimoto-Johnson Has art helped you make sense of 9/11? Slate Magazine posed this question to a handful of writers, artists, and other thinkers. Individual responses varied widely--books, films, and even "missing" flyers were cited:Author Harold Bloom says that he's seen "nothing adequate to the event." Photographer Zoe Strauss cites Dreaming War: Blood for Oil and the Cheney-Bush Junta, by Gore Vidal. Writer Gish Jen said she was "unexpectedly put in mind of 9/11 by [a] Brancusi exhibit at the Guggenheim." Mia Fineman, Slate art critic, says, "New York's temporary, collective installation of 'missing' fliers, produced over the course of a few weeks by hundreds of sad and hopeful people, is, to my mind, the most meaningful and authentic work of art on the subject of 9/11." Read all the responses here. The September 11 Digital Archive is an online repository of stories, video, and still images related to the September 11, 2001 attacks. Thousands of people have already contributed to this collective history. Web site features include an overlay of stories and photos on an interactive map of Ground Zero at approximately 9:00 a.m. on September 11, 2001. I'd like to pose the same question to you, dear readers. Has art (in the form of books, visual art, film, etc.) helped you make sense of 9/11? Share with us.


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/4484