Miami International Airport’s latest art exhibition by contemporary artist Kristen Thiele now on display just past the Concourse E security checkpoint – transports viewers to Hollywood’s Golden Age through a series of oil paintings derived from films between 1930 and 1950.
The artist is particularly interested in this era of film and how it parallels with the concept of artifice via opulent and escapist themes.
Thiele’s theme depicts figures walking through spaces representing isolation and transition. Other works explore ambiguity and the anonymity of individuals in crowds and the crowd itself as a kind of abstraction.
“Hosting the After Hours exhibition in a year that MIA celebrates its 90th anniversary makes this opportunity even more special for our airport,” Miami-Dade Aviation Director Lester Sola.
“While Hollywood was experiencing its golden era, MIA was undergoing one of its own, as a generator for the booming aviation industry. The glamour of that era is beautifully illustrated in these stunning paintings.”
“We are delighted to share the work of a brilliant artist, whose paintings are a product of absorbing and internalizing every detail of the source image – which in this case, is old film stills,” said Gendry Sherer, MIA Fine Arts and Cultural Affairs Director.
“After Hours is a captivating series not only for movie fans, but for all passengers wanting to unwind or be delightfully entertained while they make their way to their destinations.”