Join the National Air and Space Museum for their FotoWeek events and exhibitions!
When Smithsonian photographer and museum specialist Carolyn Russo looks at an airport tower, she sees its unique personality traits. For nearly 10 years, she traveled to 23 countries to photograph airport towers and share their beauty and history with the world. In “Art of the Airport Tower,” Russo explores the varied forms and functions of air traffic control towers throughout aviation history and interprets them as monumental abstractions, symbols of cultural expression, and testimonies of technological change. These 50 images bring a heightened awareness to the simple beauty of the airport tower and a call for their preservation in the airport landscape. The exhibition is open until Nov. 30.
The public is invited to a special after-hours program Nov. 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. to tour the exhibition. During the event, Russo will discuss her creative process and inspiration for the project, while mixing in a few good stories from the road—and tarmac.
“A New Moon Rises: New Views from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera” features 61 large prints of dramatic landscapes of the moon captured by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera. The images showcase everything from Apollo landing sites to majestic mountains that rise out of the darkness of the lunar poles. (On view through December 2017)