Posts in the category "Exhibits":

Spotted in Sydney

Greetings from Sydney, Australia.

I’ve been here for three – way too short – days and heading to Dallas on Monday with Qantas Airways, which starts flying the A380 between Sydney and Dallas on Monday, September 29th.

With the help of Destination NSW, I’ve been racing around the city trying to see the sights – and paying dearly to replace a broken camera – in preparation for an early morning tour of Sydney Airport.

Here are a few snaps of what I’ve spotted so far. More to come…



Spotted at the Museum of Sydney: souvenirs of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.


Sydney Koala

Was treated to a tour that included a face-to-face with a sleepy koala at the Taronga Zoo.

Rock on at SFO Int’l Airport

Here’s another reason why it’s a good thing when you have a long time to spend at
San Francisco International Airport: the current exhibition of music posters from the late 1960s.

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Grateful Dead January 24–26, 1969 Artist: Rick Griffin. Courtesy of Mark Rodriguez -

The posters on view hail from San Francisco from 1966 to 1971, when very cool and now collectible graphic art was produced and printed on handbills and flyers to promote concerts put on by the likes of Bill Graham at the Fillmore and Chet Helms, leader of the Family Dog, which produced concerts at the Avalon Ballroom.

SFO Van morrison

Van Morrison October 20–22, 1967 Artist: Wes Wilson Courtesy of Ron Schaeffer -

Poster artists of the time took inspiration from such varied sources as Art Nouveau masters, advertising art, the art of of hot-rod car culture and, clearly, ‘trips’ they took to far off places.

SFO 13th floor

3th Floor Elevators (Zebra Man) September 30–October 1, 1966 Artists: Alton Kelley, Stanley Mouse Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco From the collection of Marilyn and Michael W. Lucas

The exhibit includes more than 150 posters, postcards, handbills tickets and other ephemera on loan from members of the Rock Poster Society and will be on display through March 2015 in the pre-security area of the International Terminal Main Hall Departures Lobby at San Francisco International Airport.

Museum Monday: Welcome to California, Jane


Garry Winogrand, 1964: National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

While bands, dancers and floats filled with people dressed in traditional German clothing marched up 5th Avenue as part of New York City’s German-American Steuben Parade on Saturday, I ducked inside the Metropolitan Museum of New York and spent a few minutes in the Garry Winogrand photography retrospective.

Winogrand’s best images document daily life in New York and elsewhere during the 1950s through the early 1980s and include some shots taken at airports. Standing before the picture below, taken by Winogrand at JFK International Airport in 1968, I listened to a dad explain to his kids what phone booths were. “You had to go into this little box and put a nickel or dime into little holes above the phone before you could call anyone if you weren’t at home,” he said.

Winogrand’s photograph at the top of this post, taken at Los Angeles International Airport in 1964, is my favorite. Wish we knew the story that went along with that big sign.


Garry Winogrand, 1968. Collection of John and Lisa Pritzker. From the Gary Winogrand retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Camera exhibit at Lambert-St. Louis Int’l Airport

camera STL

A new exhibition at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport features cameras from the 1860s to the modern age, with items on loan from the International Photography Hall of Fame & Museum (IPHF).

Included in the exhibition are view cameras, stereo cameras, twin lens cameras, miniatures, folding cameras and box cameras.

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Look for “A Heritage of Cameras” in the Lambert Gallery in the Terminal 1 in Baggage Claim near the exit for Concourse C.

STL_Miniature Hit Camera

Photos courtesy International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum.

New vintage race car at Indianapolis Int’l Airport


Cars inside an airport?

That’s a regular thing at Indianapolis International Airport, where the Dowgard Special #2 – known as The Grey Ghost – has joined the line-up of classic racing cars on loan from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum.

Here’s some information about the car:

It was built in 1958-59 by Eddie Kuzma and was driven on one-mile tracks by Jim Rathmann, Ed Elisian, Bobby Grim, Jimmy McElreath and two-time National Champion Tony Bettenhausen, who won with it at Phoenix in 1959.

It became known as “The Grey Ghost” after a rush repair job in 1962 led to an appearance at a track in gray primer. Look for it on Concourse B near the exit to Civic Plaza.

The airport’s release also refers to the racing car as a ‘dirt car’ – and says that, according to the museum, other than the Indianapolis 500, most National Championship races held between the early 1930s and the late 1950s were dirt track “100-milers,” with the popular events still counting toward the national title as late as 1970. These dual-purpose, solidly built cars won the 500 in 1950, ’51 and ’52, and were still in the lineup as late as 1956.

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