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Museum Photographer’s Work to Go on Display in Exhibition

This photograph of the Survivor Stairs was taken by museum staff photographer Amy Dreher, whose work will be on display at the Muskegon Museum of Art. This photograph of the Survivor Stairs was taken by museum staff photographer Amy Dreher, whose work will be on display at the Muskegon Museum of Art.

Photographs taken by Amy Dreher, the 9/11 Memorial Museum’s photographer and manager of digital resources and projects, will be on display at the Muskegon Museum of Art in Michigan starting on Sept. 11. Muskegon will be the first U.S. museum to offer an exhibit that details the creation of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum site.

Titled “Remember and Rebuild: Picturing the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, Photographs by Amy Dreher,” the exhibition will remain open to the public through Nov. 9.

“I’m honored to have my photos shown at the Muskegon Museum of Art,” Dreher said. “The museum has been around for over 100 years and not only has a world class art collection, but also has placed tremendous importance on connecting with the community. Connecting and working together through the recovery effort, rebuilding, volunteerism or shared experiences; these are all ways we gained strength following the attacks on 9/11.”

The exhibition will commence with a public outdoor ceremony on the evening of Sept. 11 that also honors the victims of 9/11, according to the Muskegon Museum of Art. A public reception will follow. In the exhibition, Dreher’s photographs cover some of the rebuilding effort from 2009 onward. Her photos also reveal the implementation of some of the larger artifacts in the museum.

“This is a special exhibition featuring construction images that have not been available to the public and some unique visualization of the scale of the site,” Dreher said. “The exhibit also includes items relevant to Michigan.”

In addition to the photos, the exhibition will contain some artifacts from the 9/11 Memorial Museum collection.

“The exhibition honors those who perished; pays tribute to the construction of an important national site of remembrance; strengthens our sense of national identity; and expresses the unity, respect, and inspiration that people from all over the world bring to their experience of the Memorial & Museum,” the Muskegon Museum of Art said.

By Jordan Friedman, 9/11 Memorial Research and Digital Projects Associate