Six New York artists commissioned to create large-scale installations at LaGuardia Airport’s Terminal C

Aliza Nisenbaum is one of six artists selected to create installations at Terminal C at LaGuardia Airport. This image, above, is from an earlier work by Nisenbaum. It is called: Team Time Storytelling (source: antonkerngallery.com)

February 23, 2022 By Christian Murray

Six world-renowned New York artists have been selected to create large-scale permanent art installations in Delta Airline’s new Terminal C at LaGuardia Airport.

The commissioned works aim to reflect New York City’s immigrant history and the importance of celebrating diversity, according to Governor Kathy Hochul who made the announcement Tuesday with representatives from the Queens Museum, Port Authority and Delta Air Lines.

The installations will include painted ceramic sculptures and murals, which will be displayed throughout the Delta terminal. Representatives from the Queens Museum oversaw the selection of artists.

The art will greet travelers as they enter and exit the terminal and represents a one-of-a-kind collaboration between an airline, artists, museum and airport to elevate the travel experience. The terminal is still under construction and should open in the spring.

“As we continue to transform LaGuardia Airport into a world-class destination, we are committed to making the new terminal a celebration of Queens as the most diverse county in the United States,” Hochul said. “By commissioning renowned New York-based artists, countless visitors will be greeted with themes about New York’s history, diversity and beauty.”

The artists chosen for the instillations are:

  • Mariam Ghani: Ghani’s work is in the permanent collections of the Guggenheim Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the St. Louis Art Museum, among others. Her piece will use mosaic tiles to create a graphic, playful, and colorful visualization of New York’s linguistic map, showcasing the unparalleled diversity of New York and the Tri-State area.
  • Rachid Johnson: Johnson is known for his narrative incorporating a sharp range of everyday materials and objects, often associated with his childhood and frequently referencing collective aspects of African American intellectual history and cultural identity. His installation, a massive mosaic, will reflect the energy and excitement of travel while capturing collective diversity.
  • Aliza Nisenbaum: Nisenbaum is known for his large-scale paintings of various subjects and community groups and has featured subway workers, health care workers, security guards, and undocumented immigrants. His painting at the terminal will highlight people who make air travel, including customer service agents, baggage handlers, pilots, flight attendants, security guards and wheelchair attendants, but also representatives of the Port Authority and the TSA.
  • Virginia Overton: Overton’s work includes sculptures and works on paper. His installation is inspired by the iconic skylight structures atop many New York City buildings.
  • Ronny Quevedo: Quevedo explores ancient and personal trajectories of migration and displacement. Quevedo’s installation, with a gymnasium floor, is a tribute to the constellation of people and communities that energize and make up the New York landscape.
  • Frederic Wilson: Wilson challenges assumptions about culture, history and race. Wilson’s sculpture features iconic star globes.

“We are thrilled to work with Delta Air Lines to commission new permanent works of art from world-renowned artists who live and work in New York City, the world’s most exciting cultural destination,” said Queens Museum President. , Sally Tallant, in a press release. “It’s fitting that we welcome everyone, visitors and residents, with a new kiosk showcasing art that speaks to the spirit and creativity of the city.

Delta Airlines’ 1.2 million square foot, $4 billion Terminal C at LaGuardia opened in 2017 and will replace outdated Terminals C and D.

Terminal C (Photo: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey)

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