When: Sun., Sept. 11 2011
Years of experience as a courtroom sketch artist helped New Yorker Aggie Kenny hone her ability to capture the emotions of real people in real time in extreme circumstances. In 2002, she turned those skills on the police, firefighters, and clean-up crews sifting through the rubble of the World Trade Center, producing a series of 25 sketches and watercolor paintings now on display at the Cleveland Police Museum. This is only the second time Kenny's works — on loan from the New York City Police Museum — have been shown and the first time they've traveled outside N.Y.C. The exhibit, Artist as Witness: The 9-11 Responders, catalogs the day-to-day work of the recovery crews as they cleaned up after the nation's most deadly terrorist attack. Some of the images might be called mundane if not for their historical import; in others, the heroism of the responders' gruesome, grueling work is more overt. The free exhibition opens today from 1 to 4 p.m. and runs through November 4. Regular museum hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Joseph Clark 1300 Ontario St. (inside the Justice Center), 216-623-5055, clevelandpolicemuseum.org.