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New Photography Exhibit Examines 9/11 Memorials

Flesh and Metal, Bodies and Buildings: Works from Jonathan Hyman’s Archive of 9/11 Vernacular Memorials
T.C.’s Back, Manhattan, NY 2003
Copyright 2003 Jonathan Hyman. All rights reserved.
Perkins Library, Special Collections Gallery
May 9-October 16, 2011
Curated by Professor Pedro Lasch, Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Duke University

Over the last ten years, New York-based photographer Jonathan Hyman has been documenting vernacular artwork created by Americans on the side of the road and in public places in response to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. His images depict a range of subjects and artistic styles--murals painted by graffiti artists, farmhouses painted with American flags, firefighters with elaborate memorial tattoos.

Opening May 9, a new exhibition in Perkins Library's Special Collections Gallery brings together a selection of Hyman's photographs documenting vernacular 9/11 memorials across the U.S. Entitled Flesh and Metal, Bodies and Buildings, the exhibition is curated by Pedro Lasch, professor of Art, Art History & Visual Studies at Duke. Lasch has selected works that elucidate the relationship between the iconic World Trade Center buildings and the human body.

In Hyman's photographs, the Twin Towers appear transfigured in murals on the surface of other buildings, reincarnated in assemblages of scraps and remains, and inscribed on the very skin of those who mourn and remember. According to Lasch, Hyman's photographs "capture largely impermanent, spontaneous expressions created and encountered by people in their everyday lives."

An online version of the exhibit can be found on the Libraries' website.

Produced by the Duke University Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library, Flesh and Metal, Bodies and Buildings is part of a cycle of events commemorating the tenth anniversary of 9/11 at Duke University. A related reception, panel discussion, and talk including Jonathan Hyman and Pedro Lasch will be held on Thursday, September 8, in the Mary Duke Biddle Rare Book Room.

Duke University’s Special Collections Gallery is open seven days a week. Hours: Monday-Saturday 9am-9pm, Sunday 10am-9pm.
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Posted 6 May 2011
 

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