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"Aerospace Design: The Art of Engineering from NASA's Aeronautical Research"
2003-08-01 until 2004-02-08
Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, IL, USA

Gary Sinise and representatives of NASA will be on hand at the August 1 preview of Aerospace Design: The Art of Engineering from NASA's Aeronautical Research. The exhibition, which will be on view at The Art Institute of Chicago from August 2, 2003 to February 8, 2004, showcases the history of aeronautically engineered forms in relation to architecture and design. Mr. Sinise, a director, Oscar nominated actor and one of the founders of Chicago's famed Steppenwolf Theatre Company, will give a keynote address and lead in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the exhibition.

Aerospace Design: The Art of Engineering from NASA's Aeronautical Research features the architecture and engineering of wind tunnels with more than 65 artifacts from NASA's collection, including designs and models for wind tunnels from the 1930s to the present, and designs for conceptual airplanes, past, present, and future. Following the Chicago exhibition, Aerospace Design will travel to The AIA Octagon Museum in Washington, D.C., April-October 2004, and a photographic exhibition will circulate to airports throughout the country.

Aerospace Design commemorates the centennial of powered, controlled flight marked by the landmark flight of the Wright brothers on December 17, 1903. Objects included in the exhibition date back to NASA's predecessor, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics. NASA has a wealth of often unexhibited and unpublished artifacts that not only document technological advances in flight over the past century, but which are also aesthetically striking. The exhibition also showcases some of the latest research being performed for aircrafts with "morphing" wings, self-healing vehicle "skins" and biologically inspired sensors-elements that NASA hopes will make future air travel accident-free, environmentally friendly, affordable and accessible to all.

Architect Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang designed the exhibition space, an installation inspired by a wind tunnel, which has been installed in the Kisho Kurokawa Gallery of Architecture at the Art Institute. Published in conjunction with the exhibition, Aerospace Design: Aircraft, Spacecraft, and the Art of Modern Flight contains a foreword by Neil Armstrong and a introduction by John Zukowsky, exhibition curator and The John H. Bryan Curator of Architecture at The Art Institute of Chicago.

This exhibition has been organized by The Art Institute of Chicago's Department of Architecture and the Aerospace Technology Enterprise of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Education programs have been supported by The Albert Pick, Jr. Fund and The Woman's Board of The Art Institute of Chicago. Additional funding has been provided by Mr. and Mrs. David Hilliard.

1990 Rehabilitation of the Transonic Wind Tunnel,
Langley Research Center. Photograph by NASA

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