Vera Lutter: Studies for Ground Zero
August 30 – September 12, 2011
Commemorating the 10-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, and in remembrance of the many lives lost and affected by those tragic events, Vera Lutter’s Studies for Ground Zero are on view through September 12. Lutter’s signature use of the camera obscura — a process in which a full-size room is turned into a giant photographic lens; in this case, a room in a building across the street from Ground Zero — transforms the site into a ghostly, haunting cityscape. Lutter used an extended exposure time of several hours which effectively erases the streets of traffic, producing a disquieting feeling of absence. In many ways the void left behind by the destruction of the World Trade Center’s twin towers is accentuated by the display of the negative print, rather than a positive reproduction, and further reflects on the solemnity of this memorial display.