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"Orville and Wilbur: The Wright Brothers' Legacy"
2003-07-04 until 2003-09-21
Dayton Art Institute
Dayton, OH, USA

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 eye.

IMAGE:
Charles T. Daniels,
FIRST FLIGHT, DECEMBER 17, 1903,
Vintage gelatin silver print,
Collection of Dr. Randle Egbert.


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