Photo credit: 9/11 Memorial staff
Accession Number: C.2019.20.12
Dimensions: 12 in X 18 in
Dimensions (Metric): 30.48 cm X 45.72 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Joel Winston, instructor
Crayon drawing by an adolescent depicting an American flag with a small image of what appears to be a machine gun in the lower right corner. On the reverse side of the page is a drawing of a colorful military tank with "WAR | UNITED | WE | STAND!!!" written in block letters with each letter a different color. The drawing is signed in the lower right 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.