Community Events this Week

Martin County Remembers 9/11

This afternoon I was able to attend the opening of the Martin County Remembers 9/11 exhibit at the Blake Library in Stuart.  In addition to items recovered at the site of the WTC, there were dozens of photographs from the archives of Magnum Photos.
Here is a description of the exhibit from the official website for the series of events throughout the county:

When our Nation was attacked on September 11, 2001 it created a surreal and unforgettable scene in lower Manhattan for the rest of the world to gaze upon in disbelief and horror. Photographers from the prestigious photo agency Magnum documented the events surrounding the attacks throughout the week of September 11. 

This powerful and sometimes emotionally painful exhibit consists of their most poignant images from that week displayed in large format photographs.  It was originally shown at the New York Historical Museum and has been outside of New York only twice before.  This will be the first and only showing in Florida and exclusively in the Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library in Martin County.  We will also be displaying artifacts from Ground Zero including a piece of steel I-beam from one of the World Trade Center Towers.  New York September 11 by Magnum Photographers is a strong reflection of the Magnum documentary tradition, which goes back to its founding in 1947.

One of Magnum's photographers, a New York native, Steve McCurry, came to the library to talk about his work on the day that changed the world as we knew.  Steve McCurry is recognized as one of the finest image-makers in the world.  Many of his photographs have become modern icons, including the haunting National Geographic cover of a young female Afghan refugee. You can look for video with Mr. McCurry on uVu sometime next week. In the meantime, look here for some photos of the days events throughout Palm Beach and the Treasure Coast, courtesy of the Palm Beach Post.

You can see links to other stories on the exhibit by clicking here.


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