Photo credit: 9/11 Memorial staff
Accession Number: C.2019.20.27
Dimensions: 12 in X 9 in
Dimensions (Metric): 30.48 cm X 22.86 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Joel Winston, instructor
Crayon and marker drawing by an adolescent depicting the figure of a woman wearing a scarf which covers her head, most of her face, neck, and upper body. A thought bubble next to the woman includes text: "I hope the Americans see me and take me to school because I want to be educated." The drawing is signed in the upper left corner.
Art teacher Joel Winston gave his art students at the Monroe Academy for Visual Arts & Design in the Bronx an assignment in the initial weeks after 9/11: visualize their impressions of the attacks without consulting the images and footage that were proliferating in the media coverage. Since many of the high school students had witnessed the attacks first-hand from their classroom windows, Winston wanted them to process that experience through their individualized memories and sensory perceptions. The resulting works were unique and visceral as some students depicted what they saw while others focused on the perpetrators and the broader impacts of terrorism and war.