airport art exhibits

Fresh art at PHX Sky Harbor Int’l Airport

When we travel we often seek out water as refreshment, in the form of $6.99 bottles of water we buy at airports. Water can also be a destination, in the form of visits we make to ocean beaches and mountain streams.

And, of course, water can provide artistic inspiration – as we see in the newest exhibition at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.


Rebecca McNerney’s fiber wall-hanging depicts dozens of illuminated backyard pools visible when flying ovfer Phoenix at night.


The Phoenix Airport Museum presents the art exhibition Water in the Desert, featuring water-themed work by 31 artists from Arizona, a state known for having a very dry climate.


Jerry Jacobson used water as an art medium by drawing with rust on paper.

Charlotte Bender, Arizona’s Ancient Seas, oil on canvas, depicts coyotes and saguaros coexisting with an ancient Arizona sea.

The exhibition is on view in eight pre-security display cases at PHX Terminal 4, level 3, and wil be there through July, 2019.

Fresh art at San Francisco Int’l Airport: the Cat in Art

Cat night-light late 18th–early 19th century. Courtesy SFO Museum

The SFO Museum is hosting a new exhibit at San Francisco International Airport featuring more than one hundred objects celebrating cats.

There are an estimated 600 million domesticated cats worldwide, with cats edging out dogs as the most popular modern-day pets.

Historically, cats were worshipped by the ancient Egyptians and celebrated as symbols of good luck throughout Asia. In Europe, cats were associated with magic, witchcraft, and evil spirits and were persecuted for centuries before they gained cultural acceptance

Although officially condemned in Medieval Europe, cats were praised by painters, sculptors, and intellectuals during the Renaissance, with Leonardo da Vinci proclaiming that “even the smallest feline is a masterpiece,” the exhibition tells us.

Caticons: The Cat in Art, explores the history of the cat and its allure through art, literature, and decorative arts from around the world and is on view in the pre-security area of the International Terminal at San Francisco International Airport through April, 2019.

Here are some more images from the exhibit, courtesy of the SFO Museum exhibit:

Seated cats c. 1900

Temple cats – 19th to early 20th century

 

Charming chess sets on display at St. Louis Lambert Int’l Airport

Whether you’re a fan of playing chess and collecting chess sets or not, you’ll likely be intrigued by the exhibtion of 16 chess sets and artifacts on loan from the St. Louis-based World Chess Hall of Fame that are now on display at St. Louis Lambert International Airport.

Capturing Imagination: Pop Culture and Chess includes beautifully-sculpted, resin chess pieces including Avengers: Infinity War with characters Thor, Spiderman, Captain America, Iron Man and Black Panther. Other sets feature Hello Kitty characters on a chess board that doubles as a collector’s tin and cast and hand-painted pieces from Winnie the Pooh.

There is also a Star Trek tri-dimensional chess set with precision-cast pieces coated in sterling silver and 24-karat gold and sets that features chess pieces portraying Snoopy, Fred Flintstone, Miss Piggy, Big Bird and Bart Simpson.

Capturing Imagination: Pop Culture and Chess is on display at the Lambert Gallery in the Terminal 1 Bag Claim at St. Louis Lambert International Airport through November 4, 2018.

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.