9/11 and the Arts

Not surprisingly, lots of pieces out this week dealing with arts responses to 9/11. . . The base questions seem to be: (a) did they help us cope? and (b) what is the “right” way to produce art that addresses mass trauma.

Take a peek and weigh in:








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I'm the instructor for FA 200, Introduction to the Arts at the University of Alabama
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4 Responses to 9/11 and the Arts

  1. elgernert says:

    I think that movies focused on 9/11 don’t help people cope with the situation. Especially movies that came out a few years after it happened. People dont want to be reminded of this tragic even, so i dont understanf why making a movie only to show the same horrible footage of the even can help people? maybe in 20 years it would be okay to make a movie about 9/11 but thats after people had had time to deal with it and understand the situation. I think some art pieces are okay to deal with but only the ones that arent too upsetting. I just dont see how painting the twin towers falling to the groun on a piece of paper can help people cope with the situation. I think the “right way” to do this is to just leave it alone for a while. If anything make art pieces or movies that are a little less painful to watch.

  2. dakarothinks says:

    I looked at the graphic adaptation by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón of 9/11 and how it came to occur. While I don’t think it is my place to say what is the “right way” to honor and remember 9/11 through the arts, I do think that this graphic novel was a good use of the arts to inform people. Maybe I am the odd one out but I never really did research about the events leading up to 9/11 or the research about Osama and how he came to attain power. This comic was extremely informative, at least to me, and I think everyone should know the things I learned by reading it.

  3. kaylaann393 says:

    I definately agree that many of the movies and pictures that are shown about 9/11 are making it way more difficult for people to come to peace with what happened because they are constantly being reminded of what happened. What if at every funeral a real video clip was shown of how the person died and what they experienced? Needless to say it would cause a lot of hurt.
    However, I do think that certain, more hopeful, forms of art are helpful and can remind us of what happened in a reverent manner without reinacting the trauma of it. I love the monumental lights that are shown on the anniversary of 9/11 because I think they shine as a remembrance and comfort that America was not defeated and that we did come together and rise back up. The idea of lights is also inspiring because light is such a symbol of hope. It was definately necessary to have such a bold monument to show that we’ll never forget that day and the lives that were lost.

  4. ta1993 says:

    The movies that are on 9/11 are usually very depressing and make it more difficult for some to cope with the event, but everyone is different. Some scenes are hard to watch because it is just so shocking and awful to see. I watched one movie in my dual enrollment class in high school and by the end of the film half the class was crying. Girls and guys both were crying and it made them depressed for the rest of the day, They had a scene from when the towers got hit and you could see people just off the high floors and killing themselves. That was what got me, I really didn’t want watch anymore after that. It was amazing what the firefighters and police did once the event had taken place. It showed them pulling people out of rubble and saving lives. That was truly amazing to see. Then people in the area banded together to help and support anyone and everyone in any way they could. The whole nation grew so much closer in the aftermath of the event. Another positive note, it brought the class together more about the situation and we all helped one another cope with what we saw. 9/11 still makes people stop and think about what happened and what they were doing on the day of the attack.

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