Collective Ribbon: The Interwoven Voices of the Triangle Fire Memorial at NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò




Exhibition ‘Collective Ribbon’ courtesy NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Mmarimo. Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition. The public was invited  to collectively create a 300 foot long ribbon, formed together from individual pieces of fabric, donated by the participants. This ribbon’s patterns and textures will be etched to the steel body of the permanent memorial and the stories of the participants will be archived at the Kheel Center at Cornell University. The images and videos below were taken at FIT on March 16 and 17 2019, when hundreds of volunteers gathered to sew together parts of the ribbon.

An exhibition presented by NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò and Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition will be on view from October 9 to December 15th, curated by Richard Joon Yoko and Uri Wegman, Co-designers of the Triangle Fire Memorial.

The opening will include a panel discussion on Monday, October 9th from 6-8pm with Richard Joon You, Co-designer of the Triangle Fire memorial and curator of Collective Ribbon; Mary Anne Trasciatti, Hofstra University, President, Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition; and Eric Moe, Pratt Institute.

A permanent memorial for the victims of the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire is being erected on the site of the fire near Washington Square, more than a century after the fire and neglect killed 146 workers, mainly young immigrant women of Italian and Jewish descent. The “Collective Ribbon” exhibition tells the story of a unique participatory process in the design of the memorial. Our community of people from all walks of life came together and sewed a long ribbon made of hundreds of pieces of fabric. Gathered across long rows of sewing tables, the participants created a tapestry of personal fragments, stories and memories of the Triangle Fire. The texture of this collective ribbon is now etched into the steel of the permanent memorial for the Triangle Fire, making a lasting reminder of the many individual voices and stories that were, and still are, interwoven with the story and the legacy of the Triangle Fire. The exhibition offers a glimpse into some of the stories and exchanges that unfolded during the making of the ribbon, and the role of the ribbon as a communal act of commemoration, linking the present to the 1911 Triangle Fire tragedy.

The Triangle Fire Memorial was commissioned by the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition and designed by Uri Wegman and Richard Joon Yoo.

Collective Ribbon: The Interwoven Voices the Triangle Fire Memorial will be on view from October 9 to December 15, 2023, with an Exhibition Opening and Panel Discussion on Monday, October 9th from 6-8pm. NYU’s Casa Italiana Zerilli – Marimò is located at 24 West 12th Street,, between 5th and 6th Avenues, NYC. Gallery hours are Monday – Friday from 10am to 6pm.

The long-awaited Triangle Fire Memorial will be dedicated on October 11, 2023.