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Aggie Kenny Remembers-
After the attacks on 9/11, I was compelled to visit the site with my sketchbook. Sketching the scenes of the aftermath was my attempt to comprehend the incomprehensible. One clear theme evolved as I drew, that of the focused energy of the responders. This took shape in the relentless toiling of those in the pit, the compassionate outreach of the volunteers, the supportive camaraderie among those on breaks and the palpable exhaustion of the sleeping responders. I am honored to have been given this opportunity to witness such heroism.
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Artist As Witness: The 9/11 Responders
Opening Tuesday, September 7, 2010

To mark the nine-year anniversary of September 11th, the New York City Police Museum is honoring those that are vital to New York City’s rebuilding process. Aggie Kenny’s watercolors and sketches are a rare, inside view of workers at the World Trade Center Recovery Operation, capturing everything from the mundane to the heroic. The exhibition includes 25 sketches and watercolors. This will be the first time these views have been displayed in public. Kenny brought her sketchbook and years of acclaimed talent as a courtroom artist to the site in the spring of 2002. She used no photographic reference; her scenes are seized from life, and from her own unique first-person perspective. Her work captures both the intense focused energy and the “absolute unutterable exhaustion” of the responders.

This exhibit is also on view at the Rotunda of the Russell Building in Washington, DC.
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Press Coverage

September 4, 2010 - Wall Street Journal, "Courtroom Artist's View of Heroism in Action"
Click here for a PDF of the print version

September 8 - 14, 2010 - Downtown Express, "Unique exhibit sheds new light on 9/11 first responders"

September 16, 2010 - DNAinfo, "Downtown 9/11 Art Exhibit May Go to Washington for Health Bill Push"

Click here to view Aggie Kenny and Julie Bose interviewed on Good Day New York

Click here to view coverage on NY1 on September 7, 2010

Artist As Witness: The 9/11 Responders
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