is an exhibition of New York artist Todd Stone’s watercolors and oil paintings
of Lower Manhattan to coincide with the 10th Anniversary of the
9/11/01 attack. The series documents the evolution of the downtown skyline over
the past decade. The artist is partnering with Silverstein Properties to
exhibit the paintings on the 48th floor of Seven World Trade Center,
from July 27 through September 12, 2011. The venue of the exhibition offers
panoramic views of Manhattan and presents a unique perspective over-looking the
Memorial fountains and World Trade Center reconstruction.
Witness/ Downtown Rising reflects the emotional
journey that our community has taken as the city rebuilds in the wake of 9/11
attack. The goal of the project is to create a space for viewers to contemplate
the impact of the attack on the city and how far we have traveled, since that
day. The exhibition will provide a unique opportunity for people to remember
and look forward at this special place and time.
brings to bear the artists’ thirty-year painting practice on what he saw from
his home and workplace on 9/11/01. The twenty watercolors depict the succession
of events of the day and its aftermath.
Downtown Rising is a series of
paintings chronicling the changes in the Downtown streetscape and skyline with
a particular focus on the rebuilding of Seven World Trade Center. The most
recent paintings depict the view from the 48th floor of Seven World
Trade Center looking Downtown over the Memorial site construction. The paintings
foster a dialogue about how the external face of a city’s skyline reflects its
peoples shared inner life.
Through this exhibition, we look to identify and create an
audience of survivor families, construction workers, downtown community members
and art lovers. We plan to create a website and social media outreach program. An
essay by Jan Ramirez, Chief Curator of the National September 11 Memorial
Museum, will introduce an illustrated catalogue of the paintings to accompany
the exhibition to be sold at the Memorial Museum Preview Center.
We are also looking for a second public venue in downtown
Manhattan for this fall, where we will exhibit Downtown Rising with the work of
three other artists who have been hosted by the Silverstein Properties at 7 WTC
on the 48th floor. That part of the project, at this point, is less
concrete than the first exhibit.