Monday, February 3, 2014

Black Wings is next!

It's just after noon and already there is barely anything left of A Secret Gift in the Keller Gallery.  They all come down so much faster than they go up.  It was tough to take it down, but we have a schedule to keep, so I really didn't have a choice. 

We've started building the next exhibit and it's going to be amazing!

Stay tuned for installation in progress pictures.  In order to maximize the amount of time A Secret Gift was up, I cut our installation time IN HALF!  We usually have two weeks to turn the gallery around, but we only have one week this time.

I better get back up there!

But first, here's a sneak peek at some of the images you'll see Friday night at the opening of Black Wings: American Dreams of Flight:

Bessie Coleman

This picture features Bessie Coleman in her JN-4 Curtiss Jenny biplane in 1923. Barred admittance to flying schools in the United States because of her race, she learned to speak French so she could attend flying schools there. She became the first African American woman in the world to receive her pilot’s license.

Photo courtesy Wolf Aviation Fund

Air Circus Billboard 1931

This billboard is publicizing the first all black air show in Los Angeles. The show featured a team of all black female pilots called the “Blackbirds.”  William J. Powell, known for his work in and promotion of aviation, was responsible for the event. 

Photo courtesy Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum

The Tuskegee Airmen, 1944

The extraordinary works of the Tuskegee Airmen caused the black press to publicize not only their achievements, but those of other black servicemen. The press they both received led many to call for the end of racial segregation in American society.

 Photo courtesy Library of Congress

 Marlon Green
Marlon Green was the first African American pilot hired by a major passenger airline. Green joined Continental Airlines as a pilot and became a captain in 1966. He fought the racial exclusion policy by the airline all the way to the Supreme Court in 1964. He was praised as hero for breaking down this racial barrier. 

Photo courtesy Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum

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