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The Way We Remember

September 24, 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until November 10, 2021

Fritz Koenig’s Sphere, the Trauma of 9/11, and the Politics of Memory

Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and responding to a vibrant popular and academic debate about the role and function of public monuments The Way We Remember: Koenig’s Sphere, 9/11 and the Politics of Memory explores three distinct but interrelated themes surrounding the issues of public monuments; memory, trauma, postmemory; and the power of art to represent the past.

Reservations to visit the gallery are currently available to CU students, faculty, and staff. The Wallach’s public access dates and hours are subject to shifting Covid conditions. In the interest of the health and safety of our visitors and staff, details on public access for upcoming exhibitions will be regularly updated on our website. Please check this page for the most up to date updates and registration links to visit the exhibition. Reservations to visit the current exhibiton are required.  At this time, Columbia affiliates can make reservations here.

The Way We Remember opens with a focused examination of the German modernist sculptor Fritz Koenig’s Great Caryatid Sphere (1968–1972), which was originally created as a fountainhead and monumental centerpiece for the World Trade Center Plaza and became one of the earliest memorials of 9/11 after it emerged from the rubble of the collapsed Twin Towers—battered, bent, and scarred, but resilient and defiant in still standing upright where it was once placed between the now-collapsed twin towers.

The Sphere provides a unique entry point for the exhibition section that tells the story of 9/11 through the lens of its first “unofficial” memorial, and the debates that resulted from the implementation of the World Trade Center memorial project and the inauguration of “Reflecting Absence” as an official National 9/11 Memorial.