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Smithsonian exhibit to be displayed at Air Zoo this summer

Author to visit Kalamazoo school, hold workshop on Friday

May 5, 2009

Source: Jennifer Cunningham
Job Title: Communications & Public Relations Manager
Phone: (269) 382-6555 x 124
Email: jcunningham@airzoo.org

KALAMAZOO, Mich.-This Friday, the Air Zoo will open a new traveling exhibit to the public: "In Plane View." The photography exhibit is part of the nationally-renowned National Air and Space Museum and will be on display at the Air Zoo through July 31.

Included in the price of Air Zoo admission, the exhibit features 56 large-format photographs by Carolyn Russo showcasing the aesthetic quality of some of the National Air and Space Museum's iconic aircraft. With close-up facets, sculptural forms and life-like elements, "In Plane View" directs viewers' attention to the often-overlooked simple elegance of aircraft design. Russo exposes the bold colors, textures, shapes and patterns that characterize diverse flying machines and, with her lens, transforms technology into art.

"In Plane View" premiered at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. and was on display through January 2009. The exhibit is now traveling the country and the Air Zoo is the second site-and the first in the Midwest-to display the photos as a traveling exhibit.

"The Air Zoo is excited to be able to bring national exhibits from the Smithsonian to Michigan thanks to being part of the Smithsonian's Affiliate program," says Bob Ellis, executive director of the Air Zoo.

The exhibit is divided into five categories-Speed, Bursts, Movement; Flora, Fauna and Anthropomorphism; Graphics; Textures and Skin; and Propellers. Russo's photographs reveal different layers of meaning through their unconventional representations of well-known air- and spacecraft. In combination with quotes from pioneers, pilots, poets and other artists whose words resonate with these images, Russo's work evokes the beauty, wonder, excitement and thrill associated with flight. A companion book with an introduction and essays by art historian Anne Collins Goodyear and prints of Russo's work are available from at the Air Zoo's Fly Buy museum store.

As a part of the activities associated with the exhibition at the Air Zoo, Carolyn Russo will visit Kalamazoo's Maple Street Magnet School for the Arts on Friday, May 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to speak with students about her art. She will also discuss "The Book Making Process" at Norman Camera on Friday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The workshop is free and open to the public at 3602 South Westnedge. Reservations are required for the workshop, please call 260.343.0460 or register on line at www.normancamera.com.

The "In Plane View" exhibit was made possible with generous in-kind donations from Epson USA Inc., The National Museum of the Marine Corps, Smithsonian Affiliations, Bogen Imaging Inc. and a grant from the Smithsonian Women's Committee. Local sponsors include EMA Catering, Norman Camera and Residence Inn.

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