Ten Years Later: Art Inspired by 9/11
By — DeNeen L. Brown,
Here is a sampling of local arts events inspired by the anniversary of Sept. 11. For a full schedule, go to www.911artsproject.com.
“Face-to-Face: Secretary Norman Mineta,” National Portrait Gallery, 750 Ninth St. NW, 2 p.m. Sept. 10. Mineta, who was secretary of transportation on Sept. 11, 2001, will talk about his life and the events that occurred on that day. Mineta’s portrait is displayed in the National Portrait Gallery. www.npg.si.edu.
“Burden Boat Project,” National Portrait Gallery, 750 Ninth St. NW. 11 a.m., Sept. 11, Kogod Courtyard. Sculptor Kurt Steger and members of the 9/11 Arts Project “will engage the public in a water cleansing commemorative event.” From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. visitors can add messages to Steger’s “Burden Boat Project.” The sculptor plans to pour water over the messages placed in the boat “so the burdens receive cleansing, healing and release.” The messages will then be turned into pulp and used to create a “book of hopes and dreams.”
“Ten Years After 9/11.” Pepco Edison Place Gallery, 902 Eighth St. NW, 7 to 9 p.m., Sept. 8. Artists who have created pieces considering the state of the world 10 years after Sept.11. www.911artsproject.com.
“9/11 Tenth Anniversary: Artists’ Reaction:” Washington Printmakers Gallery, 8230 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, through Sept. 25. Artists’ prints created in the past 10 years. washingtonprintmakers.com/
“Divided We Fall: Americans in the Aftermath” Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, 1632 U St. NW, 6:30 p.m, Sept. 15. Documentary follows a college student as she traces hate crimes against Sikhs and Muslims. www.smithcenter.org/arts-creativity/joan-hisaoka-art-gallery.html#Holding
Ilse Schreiber-Noll: Artists’ Books-Creativity and 9/11, The Goethe-Institut Washington, 812 Seventh St., 6:30 p.m. Sept. 27. Works of German American artist Ilse Schreiber-Noll, whose books speak of war’s tragedies. www.goethe.de/ins/us/was/
BuddhaFest presents: A Weekend of Peace, Compassion and Forgiveness, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D St. NW, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sept. 10 and 11. Two film screenings, “Power of Forgiveness” and the documentary “Buck. ” At 10 a.m. Sept. 11, a Pentagon survivor will tell his story of survival, followed by a bell-ringing in memory of the 9-11 victims. www.buddhafest.org.
“. . . a mile in my shoes,” George Mason University Art and Design Building, 4400 University Ave., Fairfax. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 10-17. Portraits connected to footwear, signifying how people carry memories. www.soa.gmu.edu/pages/news/events.html.
— DeNeen L. Brown