Michael Richards (American, 1963–2001). Untitled, 1997. Fiberglass and resin with iron oxide, 72 x 24 x 19 in. (182.9 x 61 x 48.3 cm). Contemporary Art. Anonymous gift in honor of Michael Richards, 2007.20
September 7–October 30, 2011
On this tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the Brooklyn Museum honors those who were lost and those who have suffered as a result of the attacks. On view in this gallery are works by the artists Michael Richards and Christoph Draeger. While Richards’s sculpture is a tribute to the African American aviators of World War II known as the Tuskegee airmen, in retrospect it can also be seen as a commemoration of all those who died in the World Trade Center attack, including Richards himself. Draeger’s giant jigsaw puzzle deals with memory in a different way, commenting on the dissemination of press images in the wake of a disastrous event. In addition, two reflection books on view contain comments from Museum visitors responding to images of Ground Zero exhibited for the anniversary of 9/11 in 2002.