Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Must See Museums: Art in Airports


In the last few decades, airports have styled themselves as great places for art exhibits.  After all, thousands of travelers pass through airports.  They are often a captive audience.  And airports are large civic places begging for both beautification and intellectual stimulation.  I mean, how much CNN can one person watch, right?


Personally, San Francisco is one of my favorite places for airport art, and I have blogged about spending time at SFO before.  On my way out of town this week, I spent a few minutes admiring the collection of Ancient Mediterranean Pottery on display in the International Terminal. The pottery is on loan from the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology through March, 2010.


The exhibit, "Scenes from Myths and Daily Life: Ancient Mediterranean Pottery," focuses on the ancient red and black pottery common in Greece roughly from 700 - 31 BCE.  The pieces ranged from a delightful little pot sporting an oblique owl to an elaborate vessel with athletes sprinting toward a laurel wreath.  In the midst of travel headaches (and a brief spat with my husband) time spent with some gorgeous ancient art was just what I needed. 








So, as you travel this Thanksgiving week, take a look around.   
What kind of art do the airports you pass through have on display?

2 comments:

Bea said...

Atlanta has a wonderful collection of huge African soapstone sculptures between Terminals T & A. I was pleased to learn on my last trip there that groups are able to get passes to pass security for the purpose of viewing the art. I once tried to get permission to go to Atlanta's international terminal when I had a long wait for a domestic flight. We own a piece of art by John Scott, who has a large installation there. I had cleared security but they would not let me do this. Yes, I always slow down to enjoy the SFO exhibits. -- Bea

Travelogged said...

I remember being so surprised when I saw that museum at the SFO terminal...

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