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Fresh art from Cuba at MSP Airport

Cuban art MSP 1

Omar Valenti – Photographer

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) and Arts @ MSP are hosting a Cuban art exhibit titled “Buoyancy” on both Concourses E and F in MSP’s Terminal 1 – Lindbergh.

Why ‘Buoyancy’? It’s a nod to to “the spirit of the Cuban people, who have continued to thrive despite more than a half century of trade embargoes and political conflict.”

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In addition to visual art, the exhibit also includes a visual and sound installation about Cuba by The Touch of Sound, an online library of authentic recordings collected from around the world by Minnesota brothers Jesse and Jonah Marks, who partnered with the US Cuba Artist Exchange in tour of Cuba,

Mingei: Traditional Japanese Art at the SFO Museum

SFO Mingei Fish

Carp lantern 20th century Japan – courtesy SFO Museum

The SFO Museum at San Francisco International Airport is hosting an exhibition of traditional Japanese arts – mingei – in the International Terminal Main Hall through January 2016.

The objects on view include lanterns, fans, iron kettles and toys and are on loan from the Mingei International Museum in San Diego, which collects and exhibits the arts of daily use.


Maneki neko 20th century Japan – clay From Mingei International Museum – courtesy SFO Museum

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Charcoal caddy possibly 1800s gourd, paint Mingei International Museum -Courtesy SFO Museum

SEA Airport puts all its art in an app

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Spinning our Wheels – Spike Mafford

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport has an incredible art collection that was started in the late 1960s and added to over the years with impressive works in glass, sculpture, photography, painting and sound.

You can walk around the airport, see something you like, read the labels and learn a lot anytime you want – but now the airport has an impressive app that tells you not only where everything in the collection is located (you don’t want to miss something great, do you?), but also all about the artwork, the artist and other places you can see their work.


Louise Nevelson – Night Flight –

The entire collection – which currently numbers 65 pieces – has been loaded into the STQRY app (pronounced “story”) which is available as a free download for iOS, Android, and Windows devices.


York Factory A – Frank Stella – Courtesy Sea-Tac Airport

Fresh public art at LAX TBIT

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Three new – hard to miss – public art pieces are fully installed in the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at Los Angeles International Airport.

Bell Tower, above, by Mark Bradford, is on the mezzanine level of the terminal’s Departures Hall, and is suspended from a skylight above the TSA security screening area.

The artist says he modeled the sculpture – 712 panels made from salvaged plywood and posters found on construction sites around town – on medieval bell towers, which served as both a civic gathering spot and sites of surveillance.


In the north light well of the TBIT Great Hall, look for Air Garden, by the Ball-Nogues Studio. A “sinuous, dynamic cloud of color,” the sculpture looks like a giant beaded curtain that seems to take on different shapes depending on the light and viewer’s perspective.

LAX Pae White

The third public art piece is Pae White’s, ΣLAX, which is suspended above the terminal’s north and south “sterile corridors” leading international passengers to customs.

The work is made of 23.86 miles of custom-dyed cordage in three distinct color palettes that pay homage to the colored-tiled mosaics by Charles D. Kratka, that are in Terminals 3, 4, and 6. Among the sculpture’s 7,484 gold brackets – are eleven (have fun guessing) that are actually made of 14K gold.

(Photos courtesy PanicStudio L.A.)

Just Plane Fun returns to PHL Airport


Philadelphia International Airport has brought back its popular “Just Plane Fun” series of summertime customer appreciation events ranging from product demonstrations and live music to make-overs and a variety of events with prizes.

The schedule changes weekly, but this week’s events include beauty makeovers and skin consultations for men and women – along with free photos – on Wednesday and live music (and dancing) on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

But wait – there’s more!

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has a pop-up garden in the Terminal B/C baggage claim and a new exhibit just opened (in Terminal A-East) with photos illustrating a long list of Philadelphia firsts – including the first lending library, hospital, university, art museum, zoo, U.S. Mint, and children’s hospital.

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First Zoo, 1874, Photo Courtesy

Photos in “About Philadelphia: A City of Firsts” also remind travelers that Philadelphia hosted the country’s first World’s Fair, and was where the first ice cream soda was made, and where Mother’s Day was first celebrated.

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