Arts Miami with Tony Japour
Grasping 9/11 through the prism of art
From the Aftermath series, 2001-2002
24 vintage contact prints
Collection Miami Art Museum,
gift of Steven E. And Phyllis Gross, Simon and Bonnie Levin, Yale Levin, Jeffrey Hugh Newman,
Charles S. and Elynne B. Zucker
Copyright Joel Meyerowitz
Miami Art Museum, Cafeina-Wynwood and the Frost Museum/Florida International University devoted exhibition space to honor the occasion, and much credit is deserved for continuing the healing process and to ensure that “we never forget”.
Joel Meyerwitz was the only photographer granted access to the entry of the Ground Zero after the September 11th, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. And for nine months thereafter, Meyerowitz photographed the remains and the people who worked at the site.
The Miami Art Museum (MAM) exhibited 24 of these photographs in the Focus Gallery, a quiet and small space that allows for close study and contemplation. I had the opportunity to attend a special exhibition preview and reception in honor of the Miami-Dade County Fire fighters who were called to duty in New York City.
Subsequently at the Frost Museum opening, I learned from Miami-Dade Fire Department retired lieutenant, Raul Chavez, that FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) has 28 Urban Search and Rescue Task Forces around the United States to respond to urban disasters. Miami’s two Task Forces took part in the New York City recovery effort. Several fire fighters who spoke at the special reception at MAM were visibly in tears as they recounted their memories.
Remembering - Heroes of America Series, 2011
Courtesy of Art Invasion Gallery
Upon entering Gallery Cafeina, I immediately recognized the work having seen an installation of his paintings at the Italian home furnishings store MADinitaly in the Design District this past summer. For his 911 exhibition, the artist created 12 large-scale paintings exploring the meaning of good and evil, freedom and oppression, liberty, the force of divine justice and superheroes.
In these paintings, the artist attempts to honor the memory of the lives lost in the attacks of 911 including the firefighters, police rescue units and the soldiers who have sacrificed their lives to defend liberty.
Unity in Diversity American Flag Series, 2001-2011
C-print, 40 x 60 IN, Edition of 3
Collection Patricia & Philip Frost Museum
In this way, according to the artist, she was paying tribute and expressing her gratitude to a country that had recognized and given her the opportunity with the green card to live and work in the United States as a fine artist.
The work, which has continued over the decade in Miami and Chicago, is rendered in more than 1500 selected photographs from more than 5000 and was displayed in digital format in the first ever university-wide exhibition on plasma screens throughout Florida International University’s main campus and its Biscayne Bay campus.
In another first, the Frost Museum, whose architectural design was specifically intended to exhibit images across its exterior façade, projected Caroli’s American Flags as its first exterior exhibition, a fitting tribute for a public institution which has one of the most diverse student bodies in America.