9/11 Memorial & Museum Partners with Institutions in Five Boroughs and New Jersey to Exhibit Rare 9/11 Footage

A still image from a time-lapse compilation video by artist Wolfgang Staehle shows the skyline of Manhattan on the morning of September 11, 2001. The Twin Towers stand over lower Manhattan, the East River, and parts of Brooklyn on a sunny morning.
Excerpt from “2001” by Wolfgang Staehle (German, b. 1950), Tuesday, September 11, 2001, New York City, time-lapse compilation of video footage, extracted at four-second intervals. Collection of the 9/11 Memorial Museum.

In partnership with cultural institutions throughout all five boroughs of New York City and in New Jersey, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum will screen an excerpt of Wolfgang Staehle’s “2001” – a dual channel video work that captured the approach of hijacked plane Flight 11 and its impact. The exhibition will take place at St. John the Divine Cathedral, Brooklyn Historical Society, Queens Museum, Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden and Monmouth University.

Several days prior to the attacks, then a pioneering internet artist, Staehle set up a pair of unmanned webcams in the south-facing windows of a Williamsburg apartment building. The footage was intended to convey the predictable normalcy of life at the start of the 21st century. Manhattan’s downtown skyline represented the contributing influence of global capitalism.

In a sequence of 12 seconds yielding 3 images, those mundane rhythms were interrupted as Staehle’s cameras chronicled the transformation of a routine workday into a city under siege. This rare footage, which records the launch of the terrorist attacks on America, would shift the perception of Staehle’s artwork completely.

To learn more about each participating venue’s individual programming surrounding the Staehle exhibition, please visit the links below.

St. John the Divine Cathedral

Brooklyn Historical Society

Queens Museum

Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater

Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden

Monmouth University

Presentation of this program is made possible through the generous support of 9/11 Memorial Museum Presenting Sustainer Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund. Additional support provided by the German Academy New York.

By 9/11 Memorial Staff

Previous Post

High School Senior Born on September 11, 2001, Shares Her Experience Visiting 9/11 Memorial

Caleigh Leiken’s back is turned to the camera as she places a white rose at the name of Alena Sesinova at the 9/11 Memorial. Water cascades down the sides of a reflecting pool in the background.

I’ve known since I was little that although something terrible happened on the day I was born, my birth gave hope to my parents and the people around them. But until I visited the 9/11 Memorial for the first time this summer, I didn’t fully comprehend that a hole, both real and spiritual, was blown into the Earth on the day I was born.

View Blog Post

Next Post

Commemorate in Your Community: Teach and Learn

Middle school students from Macademy School of Science and Technology take part in a guided student program. An education specialist points out objects displayed in a glass case as the students look on.

Educational programs teach students about the 9/11 attacks and memorialization.

View Blog Post