On Saturday, September 17, 2011, at 3:00 in the Chancellor Green Rotunda, artist Werner Pfeiffer will assemble Out of the Sky: 9/11, a tribute to the victims of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City. This three-dimensional book/sculpture was produced in an edition of fifty-two copies on the fifth anniversary of the attack in 2006. When assembled, it presents a model of the twin towers nearly six feet high with images and names of the victims printed throughout.
A reception in Firestone Library will follow. This event is part of Memory and the Work of Art, a collaborative investigation into the relationship between the arts and cultural memory. The presentation is free and open to the public.
German American artist Werner Pfeiffer was born in 1937 and studied at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Stuttgart before immigrating to the United States. Following an award winning career in graphic design, he was appointed Professor of Art at Pratt Institute and director of the Pratt Adlib Press. Many of Pfeiffer’s books are held in the Graphic Arts Collection including Liber Mobile; An Experimental Book (GAX 2006-0070E); Werner Pfeiffer: Endangered Species (GA 2007-1002N); B (GAX 2007-0982N); Alphabeticum (GAX 2007-0234Q); and Out of the Sky: Remembering 911 (GAX 2007-0031E).