This essay was written in preparation for the exhibition "Altered Skyline: Brenda Berkman's Thirty-Six Views of One World Trade Center" [Working Title] at the Groot Gallery of Flaten Art Museum in Fall of 2021. The show will feature a comprehensive series of 36 lithographs by contemporary artist Brenda Berkman. Berkman is not only an alumna of St. Olaf College, but she was also a firefighter for the New York City Fire Department and a first responder during the 9/11 attack. In 2008, after retiring from the NYCFD, Berkman began to make prints, specializing in stone lithography and copperplate etching. This essay attempts to put Berkman's work into a broader art historical context with some of the artists who have inspired her project. The essay will be reproduced for Berkman's catalogue (independently published) and for visitors to the gallery space.
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