September 11 Attacks

9/11 museum stages art exhibition rife with reality

To mark the 15th anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks, the 9/11 memorial museum is staging an art exhibition that in some cases uses actual remnants of the day of terror in works that convey both grief and tenderness.

Scorched and torn business papers from the collapsing towers and radio transmissions from the fiery pit are part of the collection titled, "Rendering the Unthinkable: Artists Respond to 9/11," which opens Sept. 12.

Thirteen artists contributed paintings and a sculpture, as well as works on paper and video.

In one video clip, a young woman washes her fire chief father's shirt — soiled from three days spent working in the smoking...