Altered Skyline: Brenda Berkman’s Thirty-six Views of One World Trade Center

How do we process the individual and collective memories of national trauma? How can we frame these difficult histories while navigating a path towards healing and rebuilding? Brenda Berkman’s chronological lithographic series leads us through this complex and ambiguous process. Acquired for the Flaten Art Museum’s collection through a generous gift from Greg ’77 and Lisa Nave Buck ‘77, and St. Olaf Art and Art History Department members Christie Hawkins and John Saurer, her prints were produced over the course of three years and document the gradual construction of the One World Trade Center in New York City from familiar points around the five boroughs and New Jersey. Berkman ‘73 served as a fire officer and first responder during the destruction of the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001. As someone who lost both friends and colleagues on that day, she deftly weaves our collective memory of the Twin Towers and 9/11 with her personal observations of the changing NYC skyline.

Client: Flaten Art Museum, St. Olaf College Date: September 10, 2021 - October 15, 2021 Services: Northfield, MN

Launch Project


Brenda Berkman‘s Thirty-Six Views of One World Trade Center and her artist statement.


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