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September 11th:

Proceedings of an IFAR Symposium on
February 28, 2002

In honor of the tenth anniversary of the terrible events of 9/11, IFAR is reposting on its Web site the following 8 talks that were edited from an IFAR Symposium that took place in New York City on February 28, 2002. The symposium was supported in part by a generous grant from The Liman Foundation. It was one of several initiatives undertaken by IFAR in response to the tragedy of September 11th and was published in a special issue of IFAR Journal, Vol. 4, no. 4/Vol. 5, no. 1, "September 11th, Art Loss, Damage, and Repercussions." (See also IFAR Journal, Vol. 4, no. 3, "September 11th and the Art World")

Public Art at the World Trade Center
-Saul S. Wenegrat
Response from the Insurance Industry
-Dietrich von Frank
The World Trade Center Memorial, 1993
-Elyn Zimmerman
The Insurance Adjuster's Role
-Gregory J. Smith
The Artist Residency Program in the Twin Towers
-Moukhtar Kocache
The Downtown Institutional Impact
-John Haworth
The Art Lost by Citigroup on 9/11
-Suzanne F.W. Lemakis
The Heritage Emergency National Task Force
- Lawrence L. Reger


by Sharon Flescher

[Dr. Sharon Flescher is Executive Director, International Foundation for Art Research (IFAR). ]

Five months have passed since the horrific day in September that took so many lives and destroyed our sense of invulnerability, if we were ever foolish enough to have had it in the first place. In the immediate aftermath, all we could think about was the incredible loss of life, but as we now know, there was also extensive loss of art—an estimated $100 million loss in public art and an untold amount in private and corporate collections. In addition, the tragedy impacted the art world in myriad other ways, from the precipitous drop in museum attendance, to the dislocation of downtown artists' studios and arts organizations, to the decrease in philanthropic support of the arts as funds were redirected to help the families and victims of the tragedy. But our focus today, in keeping with IFAR's mission, will be on the art itself, the loss of which became clear soon after the tragedy.

We've gathered eight distinguished speakers from the fields of art and insurance to discuss the art that was lost and damaged on 9/11 and the repercussions.

To read transcripts of the individual talks, please click on the desired topic at the top of this page.