Monday, September 24, 2012
AirCraft: The Jet as Art
When: through November 25, 2012
Jeffrey Milstein, a photographer, stands at the end of airport runways and photographs planes from below as they are landing, at speeds of up to 175 miles per hour. A hair-raising way to create art, but the results can't be disputed. Although I view airplanes more as modes of transportation than as objects for artistic creation, these images are lovely, and the photography is stunning. Plus, I learned something new, which makes up for my having to go to the Air and Space Museum. A photographic typology is a collection of images on the same topic. Apparently, the first ones were of industrial architecture, but the subjects have expanded in the years since this began. Milstein gives us a photograph typology of airplanes, including one that I identified (correctly) as a Southwest Airlines jet (remember, you're looking at these from the bottom, so the identifying insignia is not visible) and one that seemed to have the flag of Maryland on it. I saw another image of this plane, which was identified as Maryland One, so I was right about that as well. Is this the governor's plane? I'm guessing that's the case; I never thought about the governor of Maryland needing a plane before... The comment next to the typology compares these images to pinned butterflies, and that's a good analogy. Showing them all together makes it easier to compare and contrast one's "specimens."
Verdict: A nice small show - easily managed in a lunch hour, even with the inevitable crowds at Air and Space.