“Unique to the Philippines, piña is an extraordinary textile made by weaving the fibers of the leaves of the pineapple plant. This light, airy fabric was perfectly suitable to the tropical climate. The textile enjoyed a golden age during the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, particularly on the island of Panay, where it was made into shirts, women’s blouses, shoulder scarfs, handkerchiefs, and table linens.“
A new exhibition at Albany International Airport (ALB)
Albany International Airport (ALB) will open a new Gallery exhibition on May 7. The Life Around Us, features recent paintings by Ashley Norwood Cooper and Heidi Johnson, as well as a new site-specific installation, Stream by Laura Moriarty.
Sunrise Sunset features work by 46 artists and runs from May 15-August 30, 2021. The show is in the airport’s new redeveloped pre-security Gallery and in the post-security Concourse A Gallery.
Sunrises and sunsets have long been rendered and allegorized to signify beginnings and endings, the show notes tell us. “Yet, at a glance, how are we to tell whether we’re welcoming a new day or the approach of the night?”
“Much the same can be said about our recent experience of time passage when for many it could be hard to distinguish one day from the next or discern what the future might hold,” said Kathy Greenwood, Director, Art & Culture Program Albany International Airport.
For this exhibit, Greenwood chose work in a wide range of media, including video and still photography, as well as sculpture, installation, painting, fiber, and collage by artists who are emerging as well as those who occupy an international stage.
The pavilion is an 800-square foot glass-enclosed space on the first floor of the terminal. The space is designed to be a reading lounge where visitors can select a free book by authors featured by the Institute, download an author interview, and learn about the Institute’s programs and events.
In addition to Concourse Galleries and an exhibition case program that features information and artifacts from museums in the region, ALB airport has a dedicated 2,500-square gallery located pre-security on the third floor of the airport.
As a nice bonus, artwork in the curated gallery shows is often for sale.
3. The Observation Area at ALB
Albany International Airport has a pre-security observation area on the third level of the terminal. Part of the airport art gallery, the observation area offers views of the airport runways, the wings of the terminal, and, on a clear day, the southern Adirondack Mountains.
4. Flowers at ALB
Albany International Airport makes a point to have fresh flowers throughout the terminal. And lots of them. Starting at the curbside.
5. Shiny new facilities at ALB
Albany International Airport recently completed a multi-million dollar capital redevelopment project. Passengers will benefit from the new air traffic control tower, a new 230,000-square-foot terminal, and a new 1000-space parking garage with a pedestrian bridge to the terminal.
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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.