Photo credit: 9/11 Memorial staff
Accession Number: C.2019.20.5
Dimensions: 18 in X 12 in
Dimensions (Metric): 45.72 cm X 30.48 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Joel Winston, instructor
Crayon drawing by an adolescent depicting a person with huge glasses looking out with wide eyes. In the background is the city skyline with the Twin Towers. Orange, red, and yellow crayon represent fire exploding from the North Tower (antenna depicted). An airplane drawn in black crayon is approaching the South Tower.
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.