9/11 and Beyond: Photographs from The Associated Press
September 11 – November 28, 2021
Lecture & Opening Reception with Todd F. Smith: Thursday, September 16, 6 – 8 p.m.
Music provided by members of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra
The iconic twin towers of New York City’s World Trade Center were a triumph of human imagination and will. Completed in 1973, the towers stood at 110 stories each, accommodating 50,000 workers and 200,000 daily visitors in a 10 million square foot space. They were the hub of the bustling Financial District, a top tourist attraction and a symbol of America’s steadfast devotion to progress and the future.
On September 11, 2001, the Center became the target of a massive terrorist attack that took the lives of nearly 3,000 people. The disaster also radically altered the city’s skyline, destroying the twin columns of glass and steel that over the years had come to embody New York itself.
On the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, this exhibition looks back at the World Trade Center’s construction, destruction, and slow reemergence through 50 hand-selected photographs from the archives of The Associated Press. Organized by the Huntsville Museum of Art and The Associated Press.
About the speaker, Todd F. Smith:
Todd is the Deputy Associate Chief Counsel, New York for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Todd has served in this supervisory capacity since 2007 and has served as an attorney for CBP and its predecessor, the U.S. Customs Service in the New York office since 1998. Todd handles all manner of legal issues for CBP, including international trade litigation, tort claims, seizure and forfeiture actions, labor and employment litigation, and immigration. For several years, Todd served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey, litigating civil asset forfeiture cases. Todd has traveled to Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Ireland and Canada on behalf of CBP to enhance international border security efforts. Todd worked at the World Trade Center in Manhattan on 9/11/2001 and subsequently received letters of commendation from the Commissioner of the U.S. Customs Service and the General Counsel of the Department of the Treasury in recognition of his actions in ensuring that a disabled employee was safely evacuated from the building during the terrorist attacks. Prior to joining CBP, Todd worked for three years in a private law firm. Todd is a 1994 graduate of the New York University School of Law. Todd received a B.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. in 1990. Todd resides in New York City with his wife Laura, son Jude and dog Loki.
Thank you, Sponsors!
Connie & Rusty Stephenson
Betsy & Peter Lowe
The Honorable Loretta Spencer
Dana & Jay Town
Alabama State Council on the Arts
The Huntsville Museum of Art Guild
The Keelan Family Foundation