art exhibits

Mermaids at Miami International Airport

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While getting ready to get on an airplane, passengers in Miami International Airport concourses D and E can contemplate the sea with a new art exhibit about mermaids.

La Sirena: A Call for Transformation, is in MIA’s Central Terminal Gallery (just past the Concourse E security checkpoint) and includes work by 16 artists who were invited to explore the mystical sea creatures through different forms of mixed media.

Would Ariel approve?

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Museum Monday: Creatures at Atlanta airport

Alligator, by Jimmy Lee Sudduth, Courtesy Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia; Promised gift from Carl and Marian Mullis

“All Creatures Great and Small,” an exhibit from the Georgia Museum of Art’s permanent collection and the collection of Carl Mullis, is on view at the T Gates at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport through Summer 2012.

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The exhibit features art depicting animals created by well-known, self-taught American artists such as Howard Finster and Mose Tolliver and by Michael Crocker, Willie Jinks, R.A. Miller and O.L. Samuels.

Here’s a great documentary made by the museum about many of the artists.

Georgia Museum of Art presents All Creatures Great and Small from Georgia Museum of Art on Vimeo.

Tidbits for travelers: fresh art at airports in Tucson and Denver

Next time you’re stuck at the airport don’t just sit there and be irritated.

Look around. It’s a fair bet you’ll find some great artwork just around the corner.

A few fresh examples:

(Terry Bustamante Idolatry)

From now through mid-August you can see work by Terry Bustamante and Jennifer Hill in an exhibit titled Exploring Other Worlds in the Upper Link Gallery at Tucson International Airport (TUS).

(Jennifer Hill: Muchacha con Mascara de Zorro)

In the Tucson airport’s Lower Link Gallery you’ll find a series of paintings  – architectural landscape interpretations – by Judith Kramer.

(Judith A Kramer: Architectural Forms Series#3)

And over at Denver International Airport (DEN) you’ll find Me Rento Para Soñar (I Rent Myself to Dream) and exhibition of paintings, engravings, sculptures, drawings, ceramics and tridimensional pieces by Mexican artist Alvaro Santiago. The work will be on display through Oct. 15 on the Mezzanine Level Gallery in A Concourse.

If you’ve got time to hang out in Denver, keep in mind that throughout July the city is hosting the 2010 Biennial of the Americas.

Giant jackal-headed god appears at Denver International Airport

(Photo courtesy Jeff Wells)

It may a bit off-putting to learn that the giant sculpture outside Denver International Airport right now is Anubis, the Egyptian god of the dead. But keep in mind that this 26-foot tall, 7-ton statue is merely there to promote an exhibit opening later this month at the Denver Art Museum.  And keep in mind that Anubis was also tasked with protecting the valuables inside pyramids and the royal tombs. So maybe while this big guy is here he’ll keep an eye on everyone’s suitcases. Just like he did when he made a holiday stopover at DFW.

Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs, opens June 29, 2010 at the Denver Art Museum and will stick around until early January 2011.

Get a Clue: toy exhibit at Toronto Pearson Int’l Airport

Two new exhibits at Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) are all about toys.

Exploring the Toy Box and Boosting Business: Companies Team up with Toys includes dolls, games, trucks and even a few musical instruments from the 1940’s to today.

The toys are on loan from the Canadian Toy Collectors Society and most every toy on display was made in Canada.

Exploring the Toy Box is in the Malton Gallery, pre-security, above the Canada arrival hall, through July.  The other exhibit, Boosting Business: Companies Team up with Toys is in the International Departures area of the airport through mid-May.

If you’re interested in seeing more toys, be sure to check out the Canadian Toy Collectors Society virtual museum.

The site has photos of  toys made from tin, plastic, rubber and other materials – including this wood and tin Superskyliner by Noma Toys.