Saturday, September 11, 2021

The Cycle of Terror and Tragedy: September 11, 2001

The tragedy of planes hijacked by terrorists intentionally crashing into the twin towers at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, is among the century's most memorable and traumatic events. 

The New Britain Museum of American Art commissioned Graydon Parrish to paint an 18 foot-long mural commemorating the events.  The central figures of his allegorical painting are the twins, Terror and Tragedy, representing the agony of the two falling towers. 



I attended a lecture by Parrish about his painting at NBMAA on September 11, 2014.   (These photos are from that time.)  Parrish will lecture about it again today, but the lecture is sold out.  It is available as a virtual event, but I didn't register.  The mural was displayed in recent years but is now back until year end.

7 comments:

Stefan Jansson said...

I still remember this as if it happened yesterday. It was lunch time in Stockholm. I was eating lunch at home, watching the news on both Sky News, Swedish TV,and CNN. Such an unreal feeling. My brother had been in New York earlier in the year,and had visited the twin towers. I still have a twin tower coffee mug from his visit.

RedPat said...

Powerful.

Barbara R. said...

That painting captured the fear and sorrow, but it missed the wonderful patriotic brotherhood which happened as of 9/12/21. I also remember that.

Sharon said...

That painting is very powerful and his lecture would be fascinating.

Taken For Granted said...

An impressive mural commemorating a tragic event. We, as a nation, are still suffering the consequences of this misguided brutality.

Mage said...

Thanks.

William Kendall said...

Very powerful.