Art: Five Years After 9/11

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Published:
September 11, 2006

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.

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