Iconic symbols of the New York skyline, the World Trade Center gleamed like golden towers in the sunset, then smoked and fell with the devastation of 9/11.

Such was the cycle of life for what had been once the tallest buildings in the world.

“Greek Orthodox Church and Towers,” by Eric O’Connell, September 11, 2001

Santa Fe’s Monroe Gallery of Photography is commemorating the 20th anniversary of that fateful day with “9/11 In Remembrance,” an exhibit of more than 20 images. The photographs document the design and building of the World Trade Center, its reign over the city skyline and its fall on that crisp September day.

World War II and lifestyle photographer Tony Vaccaro captured the towers during a 1979 sunset, as well as their architect, Minoru Yamasaki, in 1969.

Yamasaki’s preference for “aesthetic thinness” surfaced in the narrow spacing of the buildings’ windows and the vertical patterning created

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'The National Championship Team of Afghanistan', a textile installation by Hangama Amiri. Photo: Hangama Amiri / The Arts Club Dubai

‘The National Championship Team of Afghanistan’, a textile installation by Hangama Amiri. Photo: Hangama Amiri / The Arts Club Dubai

Art season comes back in full swing as we enter September, with Jameel Arts Centre and Tashkeel beginning their autumn programmes this month.

Jameel Arts Centre will present three new exhibitions: a group show featuring pieces from Art Jameel’s collection, a solo presentation of works by Pacita Abad and an archival display that taps into Dubai’s architectural history. Galleries will also be opening new exhibitions towards the third week of September, while The Arts Club Dubai will be running its summer exhibitions until October.

Farther north, Sharjah continues its third iteration of Sharjapan, which brings Japanese culture and the arts closer to the Gulf. The Sharjah Art Foundation’s annual Vantage Point Sharjah photography exhibition opens for its ninth show on September 18, while at the Sharjah

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