Institutional theme brings 9/11 to Amarillo

Rare photographs of Ground Zero tour U.S., stop at AMoA

By Linda Cortez

The Amarillo Museum of Art is remembering the 10th anniversary of 9/11 through photographs and special events.

Photo courtesy of Aftermath by Joel Meyerowitz

AMoA launched the exhibition, “Aftermath: Images from Ground Zero/Photographs by Joel Meyerowitz,” Oct. 28. It will run through Dec. 31.

The pictures “became property of the city museum of New York the year after the photographs toured internationally, and now on the 10-year anniversary they are touring the United States, and this will be the only Texas venue,” said Kim Mahan, AMoA deputy director.

Joel Meyerowitz’s photos are the only existing photographic record of Ground Zero immediately after 9/11. After the attack on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, the area was closed to other photographers.

Little information is available about the activities in the guarded, enclosed area that was known as “the forbidden city.”

Joel Meyerowitz became the only photographer to have access to the site. “The photographer was there for nine months and took all of these photographs,” Mahan said.

Amarillo College photography instructor Rene West will give an overview of “Meyerowitz: Behind the Lens” at noon Tuesday.

Along with the photos is a piece of steel that was recovered from the World Trade Center. The steel also will be on temporary exhibition.

“The photographs and recovered steel from 9/11 really caught my emotions,” said Allie Dakat, a tourist from Riley, Kan. “I never realized how much destruction was caused until I started seeing the details in the photos.”


Published: Wednesday, November 03, 2011

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