JFK's Terminal 4 to offer immersive art experiences

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JFK's Terminal 4 to offer immersive art experiences
JFKIAT expands T4 Arts & Culture program, launching a series of ongoing installations that spotlight local artists & create interactive experiences.



NEW YORK, NY.- Travelers will be able to experience immersive art experiences while traveling through John F. Kennedy International Airport’s Terminal 4, as JFKIAT – the operator of Terminal 4 – announces it is expanding the T4 Arts & Culture program to present a curated, ongoing series of installations, exhibits and performances throughout the year that represent the full New York City experience, from local art to food, culture and beyond.

JFKIAT formed a new committee to facilitate the T4 Arts & Culture program, including the Museum of the City of New York (MCNY), Delta Air Lines, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and Terminal Four Airline Consortium.

“As a Queens-based business and the gateway to New York City for millions of people, it is important to us that we foster a vibrant, welcoming environment within our terminal that truly embodies and celebrates the diverse communities around us,” said Roel Huinink, President and CEO of JFKIAT. “The T4 Arts & Culture program will connect passengers to New York City in the same way that Terminal 4 connects travelers to the world through an immersive art and cultural experience. We are so proud to collaborate with the Museum of the City of New York, Delta Air Lines, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and Terminal Four Airline Consortium to bring this vision to life.”

The expansion of the T4 Arts & Culture program begins with the unveiling of MCNY’s inaugural triennial photography exhibition, titled New York Now: Home. Coinciding with the opening of the exhibition, which is on view at MCNY through August 27th, the T4 Arts & Culture program is presenting a Queens-based digital installation focusing on artists who live in Queens or who make Queens the subject of their work. New York Now: Home examines contemporary ideas of “home,” highlighting the dwellings and experiences of New Yorkers. Each piece demonstrates the meaning of “home” to the individuals who are featured, encompassing a variety of viewpoints as diverse as the city itself, and inviting viewers to engage with the city through a new perspective.

“As New York City's storyteller for the last century, it's a thrill to partner with Terminal 4 to bring arts and culture to all who travel to and through New York City and beyond," said Sheryl Victor Levy, Vice President Marketing Communications for MCNY. “We are inspired by their commitment to bring a fresh and accessible approach to what is presented in the Terminal and are excited to have MCNY’s photography Triennial be the launching pad for Terminal 4’s arts and culture program.”

A selection of 15 powerful images is now displayed throughout Terminal 4 – along with two viewing stations in the Retail Hall – activating the terminal through community-driven narratives that spotlight the artists and their stories, and connecting viewers to the community around them. The featured artists include:

Xyza Cruz Bacani, a Filipina photographer and author who shares images from the life of Farah, a Filipina survivor of labor trafficking living in Queens. The photographs document a migrant woman’s journey towards safety and security in her adopted home.

Elias Williams grew up in St. Albans, Queens, a community where Black home and business ownership has flourished. The featured photograph celebrates the pride of St. Albans during economic hardship, preserving the identity of one of New York City’s historically Black communities.

Maureen Drennan began photographing Broad Channel, Queens in 2012. On the only inhabited island in Jamaica Bay, she encountered a small, tight-knit working-class community with a lifestyle similar to a fishing village. Drennan’s work highlights the enduring fantasy of living near the water, and the delicate balance between the community and the natural environments.

“This new immersive art experience aims to engage and educate travelers on various experiences living in the surrounding borough of Queens, New York," said Teresa Rizzuto, John F. Kennedy International Airport General Manager. “Integrating three local artists native to Queens provides a first-hand look at the area and subjects of each of their works. We urge those who pass through Terminal 4 to take some time to stop and view these unique works of art to get a sense of what Queens has to share.”










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