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"Orville and Wilbur: The Wright Brothers' Legacy"
2003-07-04 until 2003-09-21
Dayton Art Institute
The Dayton Art Institute celebrates the 100th anniversary
of powered flight with a special exhibition honoring Orville and Wilbur
Wright and their first flight. ORVILLE & WILBUR: The Wright Brothers'
Legacy showcases rare photographs of the Wright Brothers, their first
flight, and other significant aviation milestones. Nearly two dozen
original lithographs are on display, depicting air shows and advertisements
from the early days of aviation.
"This exhibition portrays the beginning of powered flight with photographs
and original lithographs from the first two decades of powered flight,"
said Alex Nyerges, Director and CEO of The Dayton Art Institute. According
to Nyerges, the images were assembled from three private collections in
Cincinnati, the Wright State University special archives, and the private
collection of Jacques Perier in Paris. This is the first time images from
Mr. Perier's collection are on public display in the United States.
ORVILLE & WILBUR showcases many unique images, including two versions of
the original photograph of the Wright Brothers' historic first flight.
Rare photographs of the Wright Brothers' factory in Dayton are on display,
along with photographs of their visit to France and their public homecoming
celebrations in Dayton in 1909. Visitors will also see
images of the Wright Brothers selling their airplane to the U.S. military,
photographs of the first hydroplane, the first woman aviator Ruth Law, and
other notable faces.
Curated by The Dayton Art Institute, ORVILLE & WILBUR offers visitors a
glimpse into the visual side of aviation history while showcasing the
beauty of photography. "We have chosen the photographs not just for their
connection to the Wright Brothers and for their historic significance but
for their aesthetics as well," explained Nyerges. "The lithographs in the
exhibition are visually stunning, but they also show the influence of the
Wright Brothers on people's imaginations."
ORVILLE & WILBUR: The Wright Brothers' Legacy is on view through September
21, 2003 at The Dayton Art Institute. Admission is $10 for adults; $8 for
seniors (60+) and students (19+ with valid ID); $5 for youth (ages 7-18);
and free for children 6 and under and museum members.
The Dayton Art Institute's special exhibition, SOARING: The Sculpture of
John Safer, is included in the admission price to ORVILLE & WILBUR.
SOARING provides a fascinating retrospective of contemporary sculptor John
Safer's work over the last 30 years. Safer creates sculptures in metal,
steel and Lucite. Their soaring forms evoke images of flight in the mind's
Charles T. Daniels,
FIRST FLIGHT, DECEMBER 17, 1903,
Vintage gelatin silver print,
Collection of Dr. Randle Egbert.