Saturday, November 8 - Friday, December 12, 2003
Images from Ground Zero / Joel Meyerowitz
Joel Meyerowitz, The North Wall, October 26, 2001
Photo: Courtesy Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery and the World Trade Center Archive, New York
On the second anniversary of the World Trade Center bombing, the University Museum of Contemporary Art is honored to present an exhibition organized by Joel Meyerowitz who became the only photographer to gain unlimited access to Ground Zero. After being initially turned away by authorities at the site, Meyerowitz obtained permission from Mayor Giuliani and received support from the Museum of the City of New York. He officially began his work on September 23-documenting the wreckage, the recovery crews and volunteers, and the poignant remnants of daily life-and finished on May 28 when the last column of the WTT, draped in an American flag, was removed from the site.
Meyerowitz took a total of 8,500 photographs which form the basis of the World Trade Center Archive, part of which is being donated to the Museum of the City of New York and the rest to the Library of Congress. A selection of about 30 of these works was made available for exhibitions around the world, a project inaugurated by Colin Powell and sponsored by the U.S. State Department. A version with large-scale images represented the United States at the Venice Biennale for Architecture in September 2002, and it is this latter version which will be on view at the University Museum of Contemporary Art.