Upcoming Exhibition


 

A COLLECTION OF ANTIQUE AIRSHIP PHOTOGRAPHY

 

Chicago, Illinois - In collaboration with Scout Design, curator Nicholas Zahn is pleased to announce the opening of “American Airship,” a collection of antique airship photography on Friday, September 20th from 6-9pm at 5221 N. Clark. What must it have been like to be on the field in 1923 when a 700 foot giant silently emerged from its hanger? Join us as we near the 100th anniversary of the rigid airship program and consider the ingenuity and long reach of our American ancestors. This time capsule of a forgotten era begs the question:
“Are we still able to rise to such challenges? can a collection of
antique images inspire us to tackle the impossible once again?" 
A BRIEF HISTORY (1923-1935)
Rigid American airships were a bold but short-lived moment in our aviation history. The USS Shenandoah was the first rigid airship to set sail from Lakehurst, NI in 1923. Later the USS Los Angeles, the USS Akron and the USS Macon would also fly; only the Los Angeles would escape a tragic end. In 1935 the rigid airship program ended.
ABOUT THE COLLECTION 
This collection is built around the photography of Rell Sam Clements (1886-1963), a Kentucky born milkman turned photographer living in Washington D.C. In his early twenties, Clements received his first commissions to photograph ships for the Navy. His large format photography is a unique contribution to this brief moment in time. This collection of over fifty unique pieces is comprised of Clements’ photographs, along with other 20th century aviation memorabilia.
NOTE FROM THE CURATOR
What must it have been like in 1923 to be on the field when a 700 foot silently emerged from its hanger? As we near the 100-year anniversary of this exciting event, I find it compelling to see the ingenuity and long reach of our American ancestors. Are we still able to rise to such challenges? Can a collection of antique images inspire us to tackle the impossible?