Dates :
Meeting point : Maxwell-Cummings Auditorium – 1379A Sherbrooke Street West
Duration : 1h 30
In English
Sculpting Tragedy: Tumbling Woman and the memory of September 11, 2001

On the 18th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001, internationally acclaimed artist Eric Fischl will discuss the conception and reception of his sculpture Tumbling Woman, 2002, which was created in homage to the victims of these tragic events. (An edition of this sculpture is currently on view in the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.) Tumbling Woman was initially designated for the lower concourse of Rockefeller Center in New York City.  However, when it was installed in 2002, the sculpture was met with sharp criticism by certain reporters who believed it too forceful a reminder of the recent trauma.

Fischl understood the sculpture differently. In his words, “It was a sincere expression of deepest sympathy for the vulnerability of the human condition. Both specifically towards the victims of September 11th and towards humanity in general.” 

On September 11, 2019 Fischl will share his thoughts about the importance of this work to his practice and about the broader experience of visualizing the trauma of terror.  

Activity free of charge. Optional pass reservation in exchange for a service charge you may choose to reserve a seat. One hour before the event, passes for any remaining seats will be given out free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis.

The lecture is presented by the Council for Canadian American Relations (CCAR) and the Canadian Federation of Friends of Museums (CFFM), as part of the annual Carol Sprachman Lecture, in memory of Carol Sprachman, national director of the CFFM.