From September 6 - October 14, 2011, I was given the opportunity to showcase a unique Seven Year 9/11 Aftermath Paper Ephemera and Autograph Collection of mine... which documents how I experienced the aftermath of 9/11 in New York City.
The exhibition took place in the Art Gallery of the Rosenthal Library at Queens College of the City University of New York... in Flushing, Queens. The Art Gallery and Queens College Art Center director is Dr. Susanna Simor. The curator was Tara Mathison.
Available for viewing at it was my entire 3000 piece event-specific collection (housed in a shelving unit), facsimiles of forty-four pieces highlighted on the wall, the copies of a few hundred other pieces housed in special event binders, and copies of the inventory of the event participants I secured the autographs of during my journey.
And how did I experience what happened after the attacks?
- As an New York City area event videographer and concerned citizen who over a seven year period of time was present at over 200 public and private area occasions which addressed a myriad of aftermath issues - everthing from security, recovery, and rebuilding to the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, war casualties, costs and reporting, first responder health, civil liberties and torture. They took place at the Carnegie Council, Town Hall, Central Park, Waldorf-Astoria, Liberty Island, Council On Foreign Relations, West Point and the United Nations. Also at churches, colleges, private clubs, hospitals, art galleries, book stores and elsewhere.
- And as an event-specific paper ephemera and autograph collector while at them, something I was already doing (for fun) as a C-SPAN and Columbia University video crew member when the attacks occurred. That day I decided to start an event-specific aftermath-related collection knowing it would become a one-of-a-kind archive.
At the events I gathered all the programs, cards, brochures, press releases, copies of speeches and other handouts I could... and the autographs of as many of the participants as possible. They included WTC family members, burn victims and first reponders, politicians, activists, authors, doctors, educators and others.
In all I secured around 3000 event and other supporting paper materials and 500 autographs.
In this Hub I have placed images I took of the exhibit.
I hope you enjoy it.
Do tell others about it. Many others.