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Saturday, December 9, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.


Art of the Airport Tower

Sun, 2017/11/19 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

Explore Smithsonian photographer Carolyn Russo’s “Art of the Airport Tower” during your visit to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. This featured exhibit takes visitors on a photographic journey to airports in the United States and around the globe.

The first impression travelers have when they reach a new city or country may well be the tower; as such, it is often an embodiment of important symbols and values. Russo explores the varied forms and functions of air traffic control towers through aviation history.

These 50 captivating photographs and informative captions reveal the architectural, cultural and technological significance of each of the featured towers. This one-of-a-kind view of airport towers will change the way you think about flight.

CAROLYN RUSSO has been a photographer and museum specialist at the National Air and Space Museum since 1988. Her previous publications include “In Plane View: Abstractions of Flight” (powerHouse Books, 2007), “Artifacts of Flight” (Harry N. Abrams, 2003), and “Women and Flight: Portraits of Contemporary Women Pilots” (Bulfinch Press, 1997). Her photographs have been widely exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Finland, and China.

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