Back Ground: On September 11, 2001, two American Airlines planes struck the World Trade Center, killing over 2,700 people. America entered a period of near panicked shock. The news media began its relentless 24 hour media blitz of what quickly came to be known as 9/11. After watching what he calls “the hysteria on TV” from his living room in Somerville Massachusetts, artist Dave Gordon felt there was something profoundly missing from what he was seeing. He quickly made arrangements to go to NY, and within a few days, he was in Manhattan with his camera documenting the part of the story that was not getting covered. The photos taken show a quiet and somber New York that was profoundly supportive and that the rest of the country was largely unaware of. The photos Gordon took on that trip, and on a return trip a week later, became the core of his show “And Then There Was Quiet: New York After 9/11.”
Dust on Hangers
Jean Shop across for WTC.
Dust on Window Sill
Several blocks from WTC
Gatorade and Gas Mask
Artist Dave Gordon collects dust covering the American Jean Shop accross from WTC
Mount Sinai Medical Center, Photo by Dave Gordon
The last functioning Subway Stop before Ground Zero
Gurney waiting for injured that never arrived, left for days after the attack.
Abandoned a block from Ground Zero
In the early morning one new yorker quietly places an American Flag on his motercycle, completely unaware of me and my camera
Mount Sinai Medical Center
Looking for loved ones, New Yorkers placed missing posters on the glass windors of the hospital.
Mount Sinai Medical Center 2
Missing Poster wall
Missing Poster Wall
American Flag made of Hundreds of paper hearts, created by local school children
For each exhibition venue, Gordon enhances the viewer's experience by creating intimate site-specific installations. These poignant displays echo the themes of his photography. They include “The Wall of Missing Posters” containing a large number of photographs of the posters that the families of the missing put up in the aftermath of the attack. He also creates a reproduction of the type of makeshift shrine that appeared throughout Manhattan after 9/11. A major highlight of the show is a beautifully presented small terrarium of the dust which resulted from the collapse of the Twin Towers and covered Lower Manhattan like snow. Within each exhibit, Gordon strives to create intimate environments that stimulate conversation, contemplation and reflection. He works to present the events of 9/11 on a human scale allowing viewers to make constructive emotional connections.
2015 Tampa, Fl Library
In 2016, Dave Gordon wanted to create away for the public to leave their mark on the exhibit, the result was the creation of a rememberance ribbon wall where indiviguals could write a rememberance and leave for other visitors to see.
Dust from WTC on Exhibit at Senate Rotunda, Washington DC
In 2012, The Senator John Kerry, invited the exhibit to the shown in the Senate Rotunder in Washington DC for the Week of 911. This was a particularly special honor. The exhibit became even more meaniful and moving when the American Consulate in Benghazi was attacked killing on September 11, 2012.