Obituaries to Prayer Flags: Artist's Reception in Pleasantville

Join the Media, Communications, and Visual Arts Department for an artist's reception for Pace Professor Carla Shapiro and her exhibit called Obituaries to Prayer Flags in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of September 11.

About This Event

We have all processed the horrific events of 9/11 in our own ways. We certainly can remember where we were when we heard the news and how it impacted those we knew and loved in New York and Washington, but also those we didn’t know. Manhattan-born, award winning photographer and Pace professor Carla Shapiro spent five months, four to five hours a day, hand-copying onto translucent paper the obituaries of those who died in the World Trade Center on 9/11/2001. To process her own grief, she hung these papers on clotheslines over the stream in her back yard and for one year photographed this installation. Over time the written words faded away and the papers became blank. The empty papers came to represent “prayer flags” (which originated in Tibet and are visual memories of prayer.)

“Four hours a day for five months I hand copied from the New York Times 2500 obituaries from 9/11. I hung each handwritten piece of paper in lines across the stream in my yard to weather away as the sun faded the writing and the rain and snow washed it away. The words faded little by little as I photographed this installation to tell a story of 'Obituaries to Prayer Flags.'"

Come join Pace MCVA faculty, staff, and students to commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and experience this powerful project that celebrates the life of each person lost on that day.

About the Artist

After receiving her BFA from Syracuse University, Carla has created bodies of work about woman, aging, 9/11, beauty and decay for the past 25 years. She has received awards from The Center for Photography at Woodstock, The Golden Light Awards at Maine Photographic Workshops, New Jersey Council on the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, (2 times), NYFA SOS Grant, The O’Conner Foundation and Pratt Institute. Carla teaches at Pace University and the Pratt Institute and lives in upstate New York.

September 20
12:15pm to 1:15pm

Choate House, Art Gallery

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2021-09-20 12:15:00 2021-09-20 13:15:00 Obituaries to Prayer Flags: Artist's Reception in Pleasantville

Join the Media, Communications, and Visual Arts Department for an artist's reception for Pace Professor Carla Shapiro and her exhibit called Obituaries to Prayer Flags in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of September 11.

About This Event

We have all processed the horrific events of 9/11 in our own ways. We certainly can remember where we were when we heard the news and how it impacted those we knew and loved in New York and Washington, but also those we didn’t know. Manhattan-born, award winning photographer and Pace professor Carla Shapiro spent five months, four to five hours a day, hand-copying onto translucent paper the obituaries of those who died in the World Trade Center on 9/11/2001. To process her own grief, she hung these papers on clotheslines over the stream in her back yard and for one year photographed this installation. Over time the written words faded away and the papers became blank. The empty papers came to represent “prayer flags” (which originated in Tibet and are visual memories of prayer.)

“Four hours a day for five months I hand copied from the New York Times 2500 obituaries from 9/11. I hung each handwritten piece of paper in lines across the stream in my yard to weather away as the sun faded the writing and the rain and snow washed it away. The words faded little by little as I photographed this installation to tell a story of 'Obituaries to Prayer Flags.'"

Come join Pace MCVA faculty, staff, and students to commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and experience this powerful project that celebrates the life of each person lost on that day.

About the Artist

After receiving her BFA from Syracuse University, Carla has created bodies of work about woman, aging, 9/11, beauty and decay for the past 25 years. She has received awards from The Center for Photography at Woodstock, The Golden Light Awards at Maine Photographic Workshops, New Jersey Council on the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, (2 times), NYFA SOS Grant, The O’Conner Foundation and Pratt Institute. Carla teaches at Pace University and the Pratt Institute and lives in upstate New York.

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