The National Building Museum announced a new exhibition that commemorates the September 11 attack on its 20th anniversary: The Towers of the WTC: 51 Years of Photographs.
The exhibition consists of works by Camilo José Vergara, a renowned urban documentarian based in New York, documenting the history of the World Trade Center spanning 51 years.
It opened to visitors on September 4 and will remain open on the museum’s second-floor through March 6, 2022.
“For more than 30 years, the World Trade Center defined the Lower Manhattan skyline and became truly iconic in ways that few buildings have,” said Museum President Aileen Fuchs. “And in their absence after that terrible day in 2001, a new skyline has emerged. Vergara’s camera and keen eye have captured this unique downtown space across five decades, and we are proud to partner with him to share them with the public.”
In 2012, Vergara was granted a National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama. The Chilean-born photographer was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2002.
The exhibition is presenting 52 images taken by Vergara between 1970 to 2021. The National Building Museum has an ongoing partnership with him that started in the wake of the 9/11 attacks in 2001.
The museum ran the exhibition Twin Towers Remembered by Vergara from November 2001-March 2002. An accompanying catalogue was co-published with Princeton Architectural Press
The museum will also host an online program later this year featuring Vergara and Ben Katchor, a New York City cartoonist and illustrator, centering around their documentation of New York’s ever-changing urban spaces.