arts 09.22.04

Terminal 5

Coolest art exhibit of the year…

Terminal 5 is the numerical designation of Eero Saarinen's TWA Terminal at JFK — that glorious, swooping, curvilinear icon, which, as we wrote reported in November, was that thanks to enlightened thinking from JetBlue and the Port Authority, the building will remain, essentially in its original context. (And one last slap on the wrist to Crain's for their August 11 editorial — portions "Terminal 5" is also the name of the exhibit that begins October 1 and runs through January 31, 2005 (Tues-Sat, 12-6, voluntary donation) that will use Saarinen's building for a site-specific exhibition. Curated by Rachel K. Ward, you'll find major artists responding to the site with works reflecting on the "transitory nature of travel, architecture and contemporary art," according to Ms. Ward's exhibition statement.

Jenny Holzer will work with the famous arrivals and departures board. Toland Grinnell's fabulous trunks will grace the luggage carousels. British artist Jonathan Monk considers travel as narrative, using postcards, slides, and photographs. Douglas Coupland designs imaginary machines using the shapes of aircraft equipment. In all, twenty artists from ten countries. Plus, mixed media installations, live performance areas, footage of the airport as the terminal was being built, a gift shop, events and lectures.

We can't wait.
MUG's favorite travel book recently is Ask the Pilot, by Patrick Smith, (Riverhead Books, $14). It's a collection of Mr. Smith's columns from, discussing everything from airline safety to airline logos. Informative and fun.

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