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"Voiceless in the Presence of Realities" - a
9/11 Artistic Remembrance
Works of art provide a Long Island perspective on that day
Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY - An artistic remembrance of the events of September 11, 2001 with a distinctly Long Island view will debut at the Hofstra Museum next month on the eve of the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attacks.
"Voiceless in the Presence of Realities" is a collaboration between the Museum and the Long Island Studies Institute at Hofstra and includes works by about a dozen artists and by children who are part of the World Trade Center Family Center at South Nassau Communities Hospital. It debuts on September 5 during "The Future of September 11," a symposium on the legacy of the terrorist attacks.
The exhibit's artifacts, sculptures, photographs, paintings and letters have been collected over the last five years to show the viewers how Americans have transitioned since the first year of remembrance. The Museum and the Institute had previously collaborated on another 9/11 remembrance one year after the attacks.
"Hofstra worked quit thoughtfully and wisely by starting immediately after the attacks to collect artifacts, letters, and emails and continued so over the last five years to create this artistic interpretation of remembrance of 9/11," said Beth Levinthal, director of the Hofstra Museum.
"Voiceless in the Presence of Realities" - the name is an excerpt from the Edgar Lee Masters poem, "Silence" - will cause viewers to experience powerful emotions as they are pulled back in time when viewing these pieces, Ms. Levinthal said. The art shows the path society has traveled in the last five years since the attack and how our daily lives have significantly been altered." "America the Beautiful," a painting by artist Michael Perez that is the centerpiece of the exhibit, reflects the loss and silence that most Americans felt after the attack but also displays the sense of pride that was abundant for Americans, Ms. Levinthal said.
Geri Solomon, Hofstra's assistant dean of library services, will serve as the exhibit's guest curator. The exhibit will feature objects from the Long Island Institute collection as well as from other collections.
Museum hours and more information on the exhibit can be found at: http://www.hofstra.edu/COM/Museum/museum_exhibition_91106.cfm.