Let’s face it – making the proverbial lemonade out of lemons is easier said than done. So, when a decree was issued recently that no public events were to be held at Albany Airport until March, 2020, for me it was lemons all the way down. Hosting festive exhibition receptions, artist talks and other public events has always been a key feature of Albany International Airport’s arts programming and has become a standard benefit to artists who appear in our Gallery exhibitions.
This predicament stemmed from Albany’s success – we simply don’t have enough parking for all of our travelers, much less hundreds of Friday night Gallery revelers. Knocked off a familiar track, I’ve had to reckon with and reinvent our model for Gallery presentations until a new parking garage is completed next year. After much thought, I’ve devised a solution that I’m pretty excited about, and hope that sharing this process of adaptation will generate dialogue about problem solving within our programs.
Patterns of Engagement affords a group of artists the opportunity to conduct observations and investigations into the operations, infrastructure, people and activities that occur within the airport environment. The new work generated from these studies will be included within a standard Gallery exhibition, along with other examples of each artist’s existing work, and in a few cases, will take the form of large-scale, long-term installations.