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September 11 Commemorative Concert

Thursday, September 8 at 7:00 p.m. – September 11 Commemorative Concert.

Perhaps you wrote a September 11  poem or read one that touched you. What has changed in the last 10 years because of it? What has changed in you? And what would you want to change? For inspiration come to the September 11 Commemorative Concert at the Memorial Art Gallery Fountain Court. It will be an evening of music and poetry commemorates the events of September 11, 2001. Hans Davidsson, professor of organ at the Eastman School of Music, performs on the Italian Baroque organ, William Heyen, poet and professor emeritus of English at SUNY Brockport, will read from the anthology he edited, September 11, 2001: American Writers Respond. Admission is free. The Memorial Art Gallery is located at 500 University Avenue.

In Memoriam, 2001-2002 by Rhonda Schaller

Rhonda Schaller

American, born 1958

In Memoriam, 2001-2002 (Oil stick and oil pastel on pape)

Marion Stratton Gould Fund, 2003.5

On 9/11/01, as artist Rhonda Schaller commuted to her studio near the World Trade Center, planes were flying into the Twin Towers. As she emerged from the subway into the debacle, her first instinct was to head to her studio, but she quickly turned and ran to safety.

In the aftermath of the attack, Schaller said that it was as if “. . . the sounds and smoke and destruction became a part of my work.” In Memoriam is one of a group of drawings that emerged from this period of turmoil. For their first exhibition, Schaller wrote:

These works were made post 9/11.

I had no choice but to make these works now that darkness and light have been redefined in the collective unconscious. This psychic blow of catastrophic proportions has caused a major shift in the reality of the community, and as an artist, I must respond. For if the symbols of the universe exist in shape and form within us, what does darkness and light in this new age of terror look like, feel like? And who am I within this collective space? What is the interior landscape that alters my personal “center,” and yours, when the exterior landscape is destroyed?

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