Art

Beckoning cats at San Francisco Int’l Airport

A new exhibition from the SFO Museum at San Francisco International Airport features a wide variety of maneki neko – those beckoning cat figurines we see today in the windows of Japanese and Chinese restaurants, inviting customers to step inside.

From the exhibition, we learn that the tradition of making beckoning cat figures dates back to the late Edo period (1615-1868) and through the years these auspicious objects have been made in ceramic, plaster, copper, bronze, wood, stone and iron.

In many cases, you’ll see the cat holding up its left paw in an effort to bring luck and good fortune to a business. Sometimes the right paw is raised – which is meant to invite good fortune, health and happiness into a home.

The colors of the beckoning cats also have meaning: white represents happiness and satisfaction; black symbolizes safety and is a way to drive away evil; and gold symbolizes money and fortune. The bibs on many maneki neko also hold meaning and are often painted with coins and other traditional symbols of luck and fortune.


Maneki Neko: Japan’s Beckoning Cats is located post-security in Terminal 2, on the Departures Level of San Francisco International Airport through August 26, 2018. All the maneki neko are from the collection of the Mingei International Museum of San Diego. And all the photos here are courtesy of the SFO Museum.

Fresh art at Albany International Airport

Robert Hite, Migration House, reclaimed wood and metal, 2007-2017, Concourse A, Albany International Airport.

A new, specially-commissioned large-scale sculpture titled Migration House by Hudson Valledy based artist Robert Hite has taken up residence at New York’s Albany International Airport.

Scheduled to be on view post-security through 2020 in Concourse A, this reclaimed wood and metal sculpture “evokes the idea of home – a shelter that can provide refuge for dreams and aspirations as well as protection from the elements.”

At 9 feet high and 21 feet wide this structure is also hard to miss and is supported by stilts perched on wooden lathe hills that form a kind of landscape.

Find more information about the extensive Albany International Airport art and culture program and be sure to leave plenty of time to shopt at DEPARTURE when you’re at the ALB airport: the award-winning store features a great collection of gifts and crafts from 60 museums and cultural institutions in the region.

(Photos courtesy Albany International Airport)

Celebrating motorcycle culture at Phoenix Sky Harbor airport

Paul Yaffe, Paul Yaffe’s Bagger Nation (Phoenix, AZ), The Copper Chopper, 2011, custom built motorcycle.

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is celebrating motorcycle culture with a new exhibition called “Art of the Ride.”

On display are two motorcycles, including “The Copper Chopper,” a custom-built motorcycle by local bike builder Paul Yaffe in honor of Arizona’s 2012 state centennial, and black & white photographs from the 1970s by photographer Neil A. Miller that document bikers of that era.

Artist embellished motorcycle parts, paintings, a “Frankenstein” illustrated gas tank and a video showcasing various areas of the Grand Canyon State from a biker’s perspective, are part of the exhibit as as well, all giving visitors a glimpse into world of riding.

Hank Robinson, Hanro Studios Engraving (Avondale, AZ), Engraved Exhaust Tips, 2011, metal, Courtesy of Paul Yaffe

JC Mason, Rolling Art Motorcycle Paint (Tempe, AZ), Frankenstein, 2015, airbrush on half gas tank

As a ‘bonus,” there is a small exhibition about the Phoenix Police Motors program with historic images and items.

Look for “Art of the Ride” at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in the Terminal 4, level 3 gallery through May 28, 2018.

 

Fresno Yosemite Int’l Airport rolls out art, entertainment

Just in time for holiday travel, California’s Fresno Yostemite International Airport (which already features a unique indoor forest experience) is upping the art and entertainment experiences for passengers.

The airport has introduced its first-ever Holiday Music Program, which this season will greet arriving and departing passengers with live performances on a seven foot Steinway grand piano.

If you're flying through Fresno Yosemite International Airport during December, enjoy the airport's first-ever holiday music program with performance by pianists from our local music community! #FestiveFresno

Posted by Fresno Yosemite International Airport on Sunday, December 3, 2017

 

Five pianists will perform for travelers during peak flight times, with extra performances planned for the airport’s late-night departures to Guadalajara, Mexico. The performances will also be live-streamed on the video wall in the airport’s central lobby.

Fresno Yosemite International Airport also rolled out a new Art at the Airport program, with the inaugurual exhibit, “This is Central California” showcasing a wide variety of work by Fresno and the Central Valley’s artists.

Look for the multiple exhibits on the first and second floors near boarding gates, where permanent art galleries are located.

 

Miami International Airport: Postcard perfect

On November 30, Miami International Airport will unveil a postcard-inspired collage by Miami-based artist Andrew Antonaccio (2alas) titled (You) Wish You Were Here that celebrates all things Miami during the city’s golden era.

 

 

This is a site-specific installation that pays tribute to the traditional postcard, which used to be the way we all let our friends and family know that we’d been somewhere they hadn’t.

Now, of course, we just post something on Facebook or Instagram..