Manhattan Graphics Center 9/11 Print Portfolio
Language of Materials
Collection of art prints from the Manhattan Graphics Center relating to the events of 9/11. Includes engravings, silkscreens, etchings, lithographs, and other printmaking processes.
The Manhattan Graphics Center opened in 1986 as an artist-run studio and gallery space. They offer both classes and studio access to printmakers, who volunteer as staff. The Manhattan Graphics Center also shows exhibitions by artists who use the space.
The Manhattan Graphics Center is located very close to Ground Zero, one block east of the West Side Highway, north of Canal Street and south of Spring Street. Some of the artists whose work is in the portfolio were at the Manhattan Graphics Center on the morning of 9/11. The neighborhood that the Manhattan Graphics Center is in was surrounded by clean up activity and the presence of rescue workers after the event. Members also had personal connections to 9/11, through family members and colleagues.
In the spring of 2002, Vijay Kumar, a member and teacher at the Manhattan Graphics Center, created the concept for the collection, which allowed the Center's artists to respond to the events of 9/11. An exhibition of the works opened on September 11, 2002.
Prints are arranged alphabetically by artist.
Scope and Content Note
The Manhattan Graphics Center 9/11 Print Portfolio Collection spans the period from 2001 to 2002 and primarily contains prints related to the events of 9/11. The collection consists of 43 prints, all in vertical format. Each image is part of an edition of 5 or more. The paper that the images are printed on was formatted to approximately 20 x 15 inches. The techniques used in this collection range from etching, silkscreen, lithograph, photo transfer, woodcut, and drypoint, among others.
The subject matter of the Manhattan Graphics Center 9/11 Print Portfolio Collection is primarily the artists' personal connections to and the things that they observed in the months after the events of 9/11. The works contain images of missing person flyers, death and destruction, media coverage, memorials, rescue workers, and the towers themselves.
The Collection contains prints by the following artists: Anneli Arms, Cynthia Back, Miriam Bell, Bonnie Blitstein, Val Britton, Ruth Bugzester, Kit Callahan, Julia Foote, Beth Ganz, Monika E. De Vries Gohlke, Shoshanna Golin, Jody Gorton, Florrie Gotlib, Kristen Gregory, Sarah Hauser, Nicholas Hill, Carmen Isasi, Vijay Kumar, Annette Lilleskov, Lynn Margileth, Meredith Mayer, Judy Mensch, Diane Miller, Majorie Miller, Donald Murphy, Lily Ng, Hilary North, Margaret Nussbaum, Joseph A. Osina, Sarah Plimpton, Francesca Samsel, Larry Schulte Marilyn Silberstang, Sigrid Sperzel, Barbara Spiller, Sandy Sykes, David Thomas, Gwenn Thomas, Marina Tsesarskaya, William Tucker, Angela Valeria, Loretta Waite, and Caroline Waloski.
Open to qualified researchers.
Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to twenty exposures of stable, unbound material per day. See guidelines in Print Room for details.
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Rights and Reproductions
The New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext. 270
Fax: (212) 579-8794
This collection should be cited as: Manhattan Graphics Center 9/11 Print Portfolio Collection, PR 257, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, The New-York Historical Society.
Gift of Manhattan Graphics Center, 2003.