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Philadelphia: 1840s-1930s Exhibit at Philadelphia International Airport
In 1998, Philadelphia International Airport established an Exhibitions Program — a visual arts initiative to humanize the Airport environment, provide visibility for Philadelphia’s unique cultural life, and to enrich the experience of the traveling public.
Among the more than fifteen current exhibitions on view at the airport is Life in Philadelphia: 1840s-1930s from the Library Company of Philadelphia. Staged between Terminals E and F, Life in Philadelphia is one of only four exhibits open to the public—the rest are available to ticketed passengers only.
The exhibition Life in Philadelphia: 1840s – 1930s is part of the Library Company’s Visual Culture Program that promotes the use of historical visual images such as photographs, paintings, prints, book illustrations, and other forms of graphic art as primary sources for studying the past. The Library Company has collected visual materials throughout its long history with a special interest in works by Philadelphia photographers and printmakers whose imagery chronicled the people, places, and everyday life in the City of Philadelphia.
Other public exhibits include Public Art Philadelphia, an exhibition of black-and-white photographs that survey the city’s collection of public art (Terminal A-West, ground level); the Delphi After School Art club at the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Points of Departure (Youth Art Gallery, Terminal A-East baggage claim); and the How Philly Moves mural by the Mural Arts Program and photographer Jacques-Jean Tiziou. Check out the full exhibition list here.