September 6, 2016

In Remembrance

by Kali Chan

10 years gone 2015 install I

The artwork of Christopher Saucedo, associate professor in the Adelphi University Department of Art and Art History, is currently featured at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in its first major special exhibition, titled Rendering the Unthinkable: Artists Respond to 9/11. His enormous World Trade Center as a Cloud artworks gently present ethereal and intangible images of the former 16-acre World Trade Center complex floating in a vivid blue sky. Although primarily a sculptor, Saucedo felt the subject for this exhibition rendered his usual mediums of steel, stone and glass inappropriate and he began these works made of paper. The earnestness of these works of art is deepened by the knowledge that Saucedo’s brother Gregory, a New York City firefighter, was lost in the World Trade Center attacks.

As is the case with much of Saucedo’s artworks, these pieces have been exhibited extensively throughout the United States. Works in this series are in the permanent collections of the New Orleans Museum of Art; the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts in Birmingham, Alabama; the Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro, North Carolina; and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, where the exhibition opens to the public on September 12, 2016, and will remain on view for more than a year.

saucedo portrait 2015

Artist’s Statement:

“I needed to make an artwork of the World Trade Center but knew it couldn’t be physical; too much steel and concrete had already been negotiated. I wanted the work to exist outside of time; it had to be both before and after September 11. I wanted the image to look like it happened all at once—like it just spilled out of a bucket. I wanted it to remind me of the event that changed everything and still not make me sad. Mostly, I wanted to see that blue, blue sky and to hear, if only in a whisper, the voice of a cherished friend.”


Want to read more stories like this?

More Adelphi News

About Adelphi: A modern metropolitan university with a personalized approach to higher learning

Adelphi University, New York, is a highly awarded, nationally ranked, powerfully connected doctoral research university dedicated to transforming students’ lives through small classes with world-class faculty, hands-on learning and innovative ways to support academic and career success. Adelphi offers exceptional liberal arts and sciences programs and professional training, with particular strength in our Core Four—Arts and Humanities, STEM and Social Sciences, the Business and Education Professions, and Health and Wellness.

Recognized as a Best College by U.S. News & World Report, Adelphi is Long Island’s oldest private coeducational university. It serves almost 8,000 students at its beautiful main campus in Garden City, New York—just 23 miles from New York City’s cultural and internship opportunities—and at dynamic learning hubs in Manhattan, the Hudson Valley and Suffolk County, as well as online. 

More than 116,000 Adelphi graduates have gained the skills to thrive professionally as active, engaged citizens, making their mark on the University, their communities and the world.

For further information, please contact:

Taylor Damian
Associate Director for Media Relations 
p – 516.877.4040
e –