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The Art After 9/11

A COLLEGE STUDENT'S ART IN RESPONSE TO SEPTEMBER 11, 2001

 
 
 
 Original sketch of the Twin Towers from EWR, 3/2001

Original sketch of the Twin Towers from EWR, 3/2001

 

Tuesday, September 11th

SOPHOMORE YEAR  |  MGSA, RUTGERS UNIVERSITY, NJ

 

The following is a curated timeline of the original art I produced in response to the September 11th attacks on New York City and the United States. At the time I was pursuing my degree in graphic design at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. Like many Americans, our sense of security and awareness of the world shifted dramatically that day. We gained a renewed sense of patriotism, one that the younger generation (myself included) never experienced before. The attacks affected me greatly living in the New York City metro area as a young adult entering the 'real' world. I turned to my art to document and process the events of 9/11 and the weeks and months after. All of the following drawings, sketches, photographs and objects were part of my life or were created from 2001 to 2002.  I could have never imagined that I would be a blood donor instead of heading to Graphic Design class that morning. Below is my original donor card that marks that Tuesday morning in September, a day none of us could ever have imagined.

 

Original New York Blood Center Donor Card, Dated September 11th, 2001

 

The Daily Targum, September 12, 2001 Edition

 

College Student Technology, 2001

How I created images, saved data, got around and listened to music.

Mid 1970's Olympus SLR, Film Camera - 2001 ZIP Disk, Printed Train Schedule and a '90's era Discman.

 
 Original 2001 September 11th Memorial Ribbon, Handmade

Original 2001 September 11th Memorial Ribbon, Handmade

 

September 15th, 2001

STUDENT MEMORIAL AT THE LIVINGSTON DORMS, RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

 Memorial Design Sketch

Memorial Design Sketch

 Final September 11th Memorial Painting

Final September 11th Memorial Painting

September 20th, 2001

DESIGN AND VISUAL THINKING PROJECT

 Left to Right: The Attacks of September 11th on the WTC, The Nation rallies around the Flag and our Retaliation.

Left to Right: The Attacks of September 11th on the WTC, The Nation rallies around the Flag and our Retaliation.

September 25th, 2001

GESTURE DRAWING, CIVIC SQUARE NEW BRUNSWICK

Original gesture drawings and captions, 9/25/01 – Michael Raisch © 2001

 Artist Self-portrait, Undated September, 2001

Artist Self-portrait, Undated September, 2001

  Original gesture drawings, 9/25/01 – Michael Raisch © 2001

Original gesture drawings, 9/25/01 – Michael Raisch © 2001

September 30, 2001

UNITED WE STAND – THE STAR LEDGER, NJ

 Original 'United We Stand' Patriotic signage, The Star Ledger 2001

Original 'United We Stand' Patriotic signage, The Star Ledger 2001

 Patriotic Pizza, September, 2001

Patriotic Pizza, September, 2001

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October

ONE MONTH AFTER THE ATTACKS

October 3rd, 2001

THE TWIN TOWERS AT NIGHT

 
 

October 7, 2001

THE UNITED STATES RETALIATES AND GOES TO WAR

 Original Newsstand posting of U.S. lead airstrikes in Afghanistan, October 2001

Original Newsstand posting of U.S. lead airstrikes in Afghanistan, October 2001

October 10, 2001

STEEL OF THE WORLD TRADE CENTER SKETCHED ON THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

 Ironwork of the World Trade Center sketched over the Wall Street Journal, October 10, 2001 © Michael Raisch

Ironwork of the World Trade Center sketched over the Wall Street Journal, October 10, 2001 © Michael Raisch

October 22, 2001

PORTRAIT OF PRESIDENT BUSH ON THE COVER OF THE NEW YORK TIMES

President Bush sketched on the cover of the New York Times, October 2001 © Michael Raisch

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November

TWO MONTHS AFTER THE ATTACKS

November 3rd, 2001

THE REMAINS OF THE NORTH TOWER AND FIRST RESPONDERS AT GROUND ZERO

 Original sketches of First Responders at Ground Zero and the northern wall of the remains of the North Tower at the World Trade Center.

Original sketches of First Responders at Ground Zero and the northern wall of the remains of the North Tower at the World Trade Center.

 Gesture drawings of New Yorkers, November 3rd, 2001
 Central Park and Midtown, sketched from the MET, November 3rd, 2001

Central Park and Midtown, sketched from the MET, November 3rd, 2001

 Rockefeller Plaza American Flags, November 2001

Rockefeller Plaza American Flags, November 2001

 Gesture drawing of the 'Saturday Night Live' Studios, November 2001

Gesture drawing of the 'Saturday Night Live' Studios, November 2001

Michael and Julie and the November 3rd dress rehearsal of SNL - John Goodman, Hosted

 Print Hand out at Ground Zero, November 2001

Print Hand out at Ground Zero, November 2001

 

November 18, 2001

LOWER MANHATTAN SUNRISE

Watercolor painting of Lower Manhattan, Undated 2001 © Michael Raisch

November 20, 2001

A FOREVER CHANGED SKYLINE  |  SKETCHED FROM NEWARK INTL AIRPORT

 Sketch of the Lower Manhattan skyline forever changed, 10 Weeks after the attacks.

Sketch of the Lower Manhattan skyline forever changed, 10 Weeks after the attacks.

A return to the skies, Original Delta Airlines ticket for cross-country travel to Portland, OR for the holidays.

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The Year After

A PATRIOTIC YEAR AHEAD

January 4, 2002

NEWARK INTL AIRPORT, TERMINAL A   |  SKETCH OF A FLAG IN MEMORIAL OF UNITED 93

 
 

A Flag in Memorial for United 93, Newark International Airport – Michael Raisch © 2002

The Unfinished Painting of the World Trade Center, Medium: Door – Michael Raisch © 2002

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"Never Forget"

9/11/15 - FOURTEEN YEARS AFTER THE ATTACKS

 

We received a stirring email from an alum who had class here on the morning of 9/11. He created this visual timeline from 2001-2002, using art to process and document the magnitude of the event. On today’s anniversary, we thank Michael Raisch for this powerful and humbling account. –Mason Gross School of the Art - Rutgers University, September 11, 2015