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Citywide Commemoration

In partnership with NYC & Company, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum encouraged cultural institutions throughout New York City to share the ways their organizations are planning to mark the 20th anniversary of September 11 to further our collective promise to never forget and help to reignite that “9/12” spirit of hope and compassion that we saw in the aftermath of the attacks. 

Below are the listings they provided to us, highlighting how the arts and cultural landscape of our great city remembers.

Many institutions throughout the City and beyond are also participating in this year’s Tribute in Lights. For more information, click here.

9/11 Tribute Museum

Wednesday, September 1 - Thursday, September 30
Type of Event: Exhibition and Program Tour

Throughout September, the 9/11 Tribute Museum is open to the public from Tuesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with tours led by members of the September 11th community at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Visitors can discover personal stories and experiences by meeting families, survivors, recovery workers, first responders and residents. In addition, the 9/11 Tribute Museum will be open to 9/11 families, survivors, rescue and recovery workers, and the September 11th community on September 11, 2021. In commemoration of the 20th anniversary, the 9/11 Tribute Museum will also host a number of live programs featuring members of the September 11th community on Instagram Live.

Alice Austen House

Lori Belilove & The Isadora Duncan Dance Company: “As the River Flows”
Saturday, September 11
Type of Event: Dance and Exhibition

The Alice Austen House is thrilled to partner with Lori Belilove’s Isadora Duncan Dance Company to present “As the River Flows,” a new work-in-process that highlights the beauty of our waterways and creates a dialogue around climate change and waterfront sites. The company of eight dancers will also perform signature Isadora Duncan dances that reflect lamentation and hope, including “Mother,” “Slow March,” and “Step Sisters,” with music by Scriabin, Schubert, and Prokoviev, respectively. The Alice Austen House will also be exhibiting vintage Landmarks Commission photographs of Staten Island firehouses in its contemporary sunroom gallery.

Brooklyn Museum

Outdoor Yoga on the Stoop
Saturday, September 11
Type of Event: Recreation

Meet us on the plaza steps to mark the 20th anniversary of 9/11 with a morning of socially distant yoga and meditation, open to all levels and led by local instructors. Open your hips and your heart in this gentle flow class, followed by a guided meditation with plenty of time to rest.

FDNY Fire Zone

Fire Safety Learning Center
Tuesday, September 7 –  Tuesday, September 14
Type of Event: Program

In commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of 9/11, the FDNY Fire Zone is offering free presentations from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. max. two tickets per transaction. The FDNY Fire Zone is New York City’s state-of-the-art interactive fire-safety learning center. At the Fire Zone, visitors get the first-hand experience of what to do in a fire emergency through a variety of hands-on exhibits and multimedia presentations, including a simulated fire scene, climbing on a realistic fire truck, meeting a firefighter, and learning how to crawl through a smoke-filled hallway.

Michael Foley Gallery

Sacred Dust: Photographs by Henry Leutwyler
Friday, September 10 –  Sunday, September 26
Type of Event: Exhibition

Where were you when the Twin Towers fell? A question that still lingers on lips as we approach the 20th anniversary of the events of September 11, 2001. To call it an anniversary belies the positive connotations that usually surround this word. It's a marking of time, of years without friends and loved ones, of imagined history and dashed dreams. "Never Forget" is the phrase we use. What more can we see that hasn't been seen before, playing, again and again, reliving that day? With the cooperation of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum in downtown Manhattan, Photographer Henry Leutwyler was commissioned by National Geographic, for their September issue, to explore the Museum's archive of over 70,000 objects, remnants, and remembrances recovered from that day. Some are identifiable, and others remain fragments of their former selves. Many have never been seen by the general public.

Fotografiska New York

To New York With Love
Saturday, September 11 
Type of Event: Program

An afternoon conversation between Mary Engle and Kristen Gresh, Estrellita and Yousuf Karsh, that revolves around the beauty and history of New York City as a perfect backdrop for Ruth Orkin’s gestural photographs. Her images honor human expression and come from a place of empathy.

Godwin-Ternbach Museum

Remember This: A 9/11 Twenty-Year Anniversary Memorial Exhibition
Wednesday, September 1 –  Friday, December 17
Type of Event: Exhibition

Six images of the Tribute in Light, 2002, by artists Julian LaVerdiere and Paul Myoda, realized in conjunction with architects John Bennet, Gustavo Bonevardi, and Richard Nash Gould, and lighting designer Paul Marantz. These dramatic, oversized photographs have been donated by the artists for the exhibition which is intended to create a mediative space for education and contemplation. The works, along with eight others, will become part of the museum’s permanent collection. Accompanying materials include books, magazines, and ephemera, as well as documentary photographs and digital prints of works of art responding to the event, and images from MNEMONIC: A 9/11 Memorial Exhibition, organized for the Atrium Gallery, LaGuardia Community College, in 2002.

The Green-Wood Cemetery

The Green-Wood Cemetery Presents: Memory Ground
Saturday, September 11
Type of Event: Musical Performance

On September 11, 2021, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, The Green-Wood Cemetery invites New Yorkers to gather together in remembrance of those lost, hosting musical performances featuring original compositions by Mississippi-born and NYC-based composer Buck McDaniel. The 45-minute performances will take place at 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m. The location of the performances —Battle Hill—offers sweeping views of lower Manhattan and the site where the Twin Towers once stood.

Hudson Yards

Joana Kaimi performing requiem music
Saturday, September 11
Type of Event: Musical Performance

Joana Kaimi will perform requiem music on behalf of WAAM to commemorate 9/11 at 10 am ET on the Public Square and Gardens. We Are All Music Foundation (WAAM) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing meaningful support to the most impactful organizations that utilize the power of music to change people’s lives, particularly in underserved communities and in the education and health and wellness sectors.

Irish Repertory Theatre

Bikeman, A Special Audio
Saturday, September 11 –  Saturday, September 18
Type of Event: Theatre

On September 11, 2001, journalist Tom Flynn set off on his bike toward the World Trade Towers not knowing what he was riding into. Bikeman is one man’s journey back to the horrors of that day and to the humanity that somehow emerged from the dust and the death. Both heartbreaking and haunting, his words will stay with you like that “forever September morning.” – Meredith Vieira, NBC’s Today. Modeled on Dante’s Inferno, veteran journalist Thomas Flynn’s Bikeman chronicles the morning of September 11, 2001, like no other published work. Flynn delivers a personal account of his experiences beginning with the first strike on the World Trade Center when he decided to follow his journalist’s instinct and point his bike’s handlebars in the direction of the north tower. His story continues as he transitions from reporter to participant hoping to survive the fall of the south tower. Now Flynn, as both journalist and now survivor, must come to terms with the harrowing ordeal and somehow find peace in the very act of surviving.

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Table of Silence Project 9/11
Saturday, September 11
Type of Event: Performance

Buglisi Dance Theatre and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, in partnership with Dance/NYC, honor the 20th year since the events of 9/11, and current crises that face humanity today, with a live streamed performance of the Table of Silence Project 9/11, the annual free public ritual for peace conceived and choreographed in 2011 by Jacqulyn Buglisi, Artistic Director of Buglisi Dance Theatre. Artistic collaborators for this year’s reimagined program are Composer/Music Director Daniel Bernard Roumain, spoken-word poet Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Buglisi Dance Theatre Co-Founder/Principal Dancer Terese Capucilli, and videographer Nel Shelby. This year’s socially distanced performance will be live streamed from Lincoln Center beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 11, 2021 and will be available at and on Lincoln Center’s Facebook Page.

Long Island Children's Museum

Peace & Kindness
Tuesday, September 7, and Wednesday, September 8
Type of Event: Workshop

LICM joins the NY cultural community in commemorating the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 as we pledge our collective promise never to forget. Museum visitors are invited to create a kindness rock with a message promoting peace in our world for LICM’s Peace Garden.

The Metropolitan Opera

Verdi’s Requiem: The Met Remembers 9/11
Saturday, September 11
Type of Event: Performance

In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of 9/11, the Met presents Verdi’s Requiem, with Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting the extraordinary Met Orchestra and Chorus as well as a quartet of star soloists: soprano Ailyn Pérez, mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča, tenor Matthew Polenzani, and bass-baritone Eric Owens. The performance will be transmitted live as part of Great Performances on PBS, with ballet star Misty Copeland hosting the program from nearby the site of the 9/11 Memorial Museum. Live audio from the performance will also be broadcast directly outside the Met in Lincoln Center Plaza. The English-language text of the Requiem will also be projected onto the façade of the opera house during the performance.

Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

Remembrance, Reflection, Resilience: A 9/11 Tribute Concert
Saturday, September 11
Type of Event: Musical Performance

The Museum of Jewish Heritage and the Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra present a special concert to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the events of September 11, 2001. Interspersed with readings of remembrance and reflection, the concert will feature Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings,” the world premiere of Gary S. Fagin’s “9/11 In Memoriam,” Edward Kennedy (Duke) Ellington’s “Come Sunday” featuring the KCO’s Orlando Wells on violin, and other music of uplift and inspiration.

The Museum of Modern Art

Installation of Milton Glaser’s “I Love New York” Logo
Type of Event: Exhibition

MoMA curator Paola Antonelli notes: "In 1976, New York was in the doldrums and the world was keeping well away. The federal government was not helping. Governor Hugh L. Carey wanted to bring tourists back to Broadway—meaning to New York. He gave the commission to the advertising agency Wells Rich Greene. In her 2002 book A Big Life (in Advertising), Mary Lawrence Wells recalls, “It was love for New York that brought Milton to our offices with a batch of posters.... It was the “I love New York” logo with a heart in place of the word “love”. “I heart New York” was so contagious that people all over the world adopted it and half the world copied it, substituting the name of their country or city or hamburger stand for “New York”. When the Twin Towers were attacked and 2,977 New Yorkers were assassinated on September 11, 2001, Milton issued an amended, bruised version of his immortal design, both of which are represented in the MoMA collection.

Museum of the City of New York

Twenty Years Later: Remembering 9/11 Through Documentary Film
Saturday, September 11 
Type of Event: Program 

September 11, 2021, will mark the 20th anniversary of the tragic events that occurred in New York City. On this solemn day of remembrance, join us for a screening of two recent short documentary films about the events and aftermath of September 11: Chief (Harvey Wang and Robert Maass, 2021) and In the Shadow of the Towers: Stuyvesant High on 9/11 (Amy Schatz, 2019). Following the screenings there will be a Q&A with the filmmakers and others. The panelists will reflect on their roles in creating artifacts of public memory and explore the continuing ramifications of 9/11 for the lives of New Yorkers today.

New York Botanical Garden

Commemoration & Poetry Reading
Saturday, September 11
Type of Event: Commemoration

The New York Botanical Garden will be commemorating the 20th Anniversary of September 11th by offering free Garden Pass admission from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. so that members of the community may enjoy the grounds of the Botanical Garden as a beautiful venue that naturally lends itself to both quiet contemplation and family sharing. Visit any ticket window before 12 p.m. for free Garden Pass admission. Tickets for this program are not available online. Visitors may also visit the September 11th Memorial Tree, a White Oak planted in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden on the first anniversary of 9/11 to commemorate Bronx residents and workers who perished on September 11, 2001, and to honor their families, friends, and all residents of New York. The commemoration will include a moment of silence at 10:30 a.m. followed by readings by Bronx Poet Laureate Haydil Henriquez at 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. Following the program, visitors may choose to visit one of the Garden's quieter spaces for healing: the pathway alongside the Bronx River, Thain Family Forest Trails, and Azalea Garden pathways.

New York City Department of Records & Information Services – Municipal Archives

Messages To Those We’ve Lost: 9/11 Memorial Railings
Saturday, September 18 – Wednesday, December 1
Type of Event: Exhibition

The NYC Municipal Archives is participating in the annual Photoville Festival in Brooklyn with a special tribute on the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attack. It is called Messages "To Those We’ve Lost: 9/11 Memorial Railings." In the early years after 9/11, family members gathered at the base of the World Trade Center site on the anniversaries of the terrorist attack. They left tributes and inscribed messages of love and loss on the wooden supports for the temporary reflecting pools constructed on the footprints of the two World Trade Center towers. Municipal Archives staff collected many of the items and wooden supports after the commemorative ceremonies from 2002 through 2009.

New York City Fire Department

Stations of Mychal
Friday, September 10 and Saturday, September 11
Type of Event: Musical Performance

A premier performance of the classical music song cycle "The Stations of Mychal" at the Church of St. Francis of Assisi. It was composed and will be performed by four music professors with a three-member ensemble made possible through a grant from Texas State University.

New York City Fire Museum

Dust to DNA, the photography of Michael Collarone
Opens, Wednesday, September 1
Type of Event: Exhibition

On the morning of September 11, 2001, a florist and volunteer Emergency Medical Technician named Michael Collarone (“Mikey Flowers”) grabbed his medical bag and ran the few blocks from his store to the World Trade Center after the first plane hit the North Tower. That day, he helped people who escaped the towers, tended to the injured, and then ran for his life when the south tower collapsed. When he was able, he took pictures of the chaotic scene. The images that Flowers took became the basis of a collaboration with the artist Kevin Clarke, whose studio was also near the World Trade Center.

New York Council Navy League

9/11 Boatlift 20th Anniversary Tribute
Saturday, September 10
Type of Event: Commemoration

On behalf of the maritime operators and supporting organization of the Port of New York and New Jersey, the New York Council Navy League of the United States invites the public to join in honoring the heroism and community spirit of history’s largest maritime evacuation, the Great Boatlift of 9/11, at the American Merchant Mariners’ Memorial in lower Manhattan at 1:00 p.m.

New York Law School

Breakfast Series with Michael Arad, Lead Designer of the 9/11 Memorial
Friday, September 10
Type of Event: Program

Michael Arad, Lead Designer of the 9/11 Memorial will present on “The Design and Construction of the National 9/11 Memorial; Absence and Loss in the Life of New York City.”

New York Says Thank You Foundation

Stars of HOPE CommUNITY Resilience Paint
Sunday, September 12
Type of Event: Art

Join members of the 9/11 community, including 9/11 Memorial & Museum visitors and staff, in creating messages of hope to support healthcare workers impacted by long-term trauma following COVID-19. After 20 years since the tragic attack on September 11th, 2001, we will never forget. This event will be open for public participation on the Oculus plaza, across from the 9/11 Memorial. This initiative is free and does not require registration

New York Transit Museum

WTC Cortlandt: 20 Years After 9/11
Wednesday, September 8 
Type of Event: Program

The reconstruction of the Cortlandt Street subway station, located below street level within the World Trade Center site, was a significant component of the rebuilding of lower Manhattan. Artist Ann Hamilton created CHORUS, an expansive field of woven text in marble mosaic commissioned by MTA Arts & Design for the rebuilt WTC Cortlandt station. Marking the 20th anniversary of 9/11, the New York Transit Museum will host a virtual discussion about this project with artist Ann Hamilton; Jan Ramirez, 9/11 Memorial & Museum Chief Curator; and Sandra Bloodworth, director of MTA Arts & Design.

National Archives

A Life of Selfless Service, Sacrifice, and Civic Engagement: Cyril ‘Rick’ Rescorla
Friday, September 10
Type of Event: Program and Panel Discussion

In remembrance of the 20th anniversary of the attacks of 9/11, the National Archives hosts a panel discussion about Selfless Service and Sacrifice. America witnessed many heroic actions during and after the September 11 attacks. The story of Colonel Rescorla (U.S. Army, Ret.) is one of them. Although Rescorla perished in the attacks, he is credited with saving the lives of 2,700 fellow employees of Morgan Stanley and inspiring all those around him. A panel will discuss Rescorla’s lifelong courage, service, sense of community, and inspirational leadership. Megan Jones, Senior Director of Education Programs, 9/11 Memorial and Museum, will moderate the conversation with Conrad Crane, Chief of Analysis and Research for the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center at Carlisle Barracks, PA; Lissa Young, Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY; and Jenna Ryall, Director of Civics for All at the New York City Department of Education.

New-York Historical Society

20th Anniversary of 9/11
Saturday, September 11
Type of Event: Program and Exhibit

The New-York Historical Society will play captioned videos of New Yorkers talking about their memories of 9/11. A fire truck door will be on display, as well as 9/11 images on column monitors. Also available is the Ever Upward audio tour themed around resilience and recovery.

The Noble Maritime Collection

Arc of Twenty Years
Thursday, August 12 – Sunday, October 3
Type of Event: Exhibition

The Noble Maritime Collection presents Arc of Twenty Years, an exhibition independently curated by photographer Michael McWeeney and painter Sarah Yuster featuring art created in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. Arc of Twenty Years will feature the work of Ghanim Khalil, Scott LoBaido, Diane Matyas, Ann Marie McDonnell, Michael McWeeney, Kristi Pfister, Marguerite Maria Rivas, and Sarah Yuster, all Staten Island artists. It is a multimedia exhibition about the emotional impact and socio-political changes on Staten Island after the attacks.

Pelham Art Center

Manju Shandler: “Gesture”
Saturday, August 28 - Saturday, September 11
Type of Event: Exhibition

Manju Shandler’s nearly 3000-piece painting installation, GESTURE, is a memorial to those lost on September 11th, 2001. Reflecting the size of this tragedy with one painting for each person lost, it is a personal study of the tremendous ramifications of this day in our collective history. Gesture is a meditation on the many facets of life, death, the past, and the future that have been inextricably altered by that single day. Completed over a three-year period, the style and content of each piece spans the range of human emotion from horrific to uplifting, from dark to light.

Queens County Farm Museum

38th Annual Queens County Fair
Friday, September 10 - Sunday, September 12
Type of Event: Fair

Now in its 38th year, on Saturday, September 11, the Queens Farm is partnering with New Yorkers for Parks' Daffodil Project, a living memorial to the victims of 9/11 and the largest civic engagement in NYC, to give away free daffodil bulbs to County Fair attendees to help New Yorkers create their own personal living memorial.

Riverside Church

William Basinski’s The Disintegration Loops
Saturday, September 11
Type of Event: Performance

This September 11, at the historic Riverside Church in Manhattan, the 20th anniversary of William Basinski’s The Disintegration Loops will be commemorated with a live performance of the work, featuring unique orchestration by the American Music Contemporary Ensemble under the leadership of Clarice Jensen. Throughout the performance, the Riverside Church will come alive with immersive, architecturally-mapped projections.

The Salvation Army of Greater New York

Healing and Remembrance
Saturday, September 11
Type of Event: Commemoration

An opportunity to reflect on the impacts of September 11, 2001, with a streaming of the official reading of the names from the 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero. Support will be offered by chaplains and emotional and spiritual care providers. There will be an opportunity to participate in health and wellness activities, as well as in artistic and creative outlets guided by art therapists. Information about services will be available to those impacted, including from the World Trade Center Health Program.

Sanitation Foundation

Honoring DSNY’s Role in the 9/11 Recovery Effort
Opens Monday, August 30
Type of Event: Exhibition

Sanitation Foundation, in partnership with the NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY), is launching a website and digital exhibit that will tell the story of the important contributions of DSNY to the 9/11 recovery effort, both in debris removal in lower Manhattan, as well as in the months that followed, by coordinating and hosting the recovery effort at the former Fresh Kills Landfill. The exhibition will also feature a memorial wall of DSNY employees who have since passed away from 9/11-related illnesses, as well as further learning resources for adults and children.

The Skyscraper Museum

Remembering 9/11: Before, After, and Since
Wednesday, September 8 – November
Type of Event: Program and Lectures

The Skyscraper Museum will commemorate the twentieth anniversary of 9/11 with a series of virtual programs. From September through November, a series of webinars will bring together key figures closely associated with the recovery and rebuilding of the World Trade Center site to consider the history of the original Twin Towers and their destruction on 9/11, the aftermath of recovery and rebuilding at Ground Zero, and the cumulative changes to the built environment, community, and economy of lower Manhattan over the past two decades.

Voices Center for Resilience

VOICES of Expression: Messages of Hope and Healing
Wednesday, September 1 – Saturday, October 9
Type of Event: Exhibition

This art exhibition includes a selection from the VOICES-curated collection of artistic expressions created and donated to the organization over two decades by artists of all ages from around the world. The exhibition includes inspirational artwork, mail art, photographs, sculptures, drawings, and quilts. These contemplative, artistic creations express a range of emotions—among them empathy, grief, compassion, friendship, and patriotism. They also commemorate the lives lost, document the stories, and capture the comfort extended to our nation.

NYC & Company

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