Art of the Airport Tower

Art of the Airport Tower takes you on a photographic journey to airports around the globe.

Smithsonian photographer Carolyn Russo explores the varied forms and functions of air traffic control towers throughout aviation history and interprets them as monumental abstractions, symbols of cultural expression, and testimonies of technological change.


  • 50 large-format framed photographs

  • 50 accompanying text panels

  • Six (6) text panels/essays


  • Educational activity material developed by the NASM Education Department
  • Art of the Airport Tower (Smithsonian Press, 2015)


Space Required:

234 linear ft.


One (1) Temperature Controlled Truck from a Fine Art carrier


Exhibition provided in English

Tour Availability

Spring 2024 and beyond

Produced By

Art of the Airport Tower is a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and toured internationally by Flying Fish.


Presenting Partner

Tour History and Itinerary

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Washington, DC, USA view map

November 1, 2023 – November 30, 2016

College Park Aviation Museum

College Park, MD, USA view map

December 19, 2016 – March 10, 2017

Tellus Science Museum

Cartersville, GA, USA view map

March 27, 2017 – September 22, 2017

U.S. Space & Rocket Center

Huntsville, AL, USA view map

October 9, 2017 – December 29, 2017

Aerospace Museum of California

McClellan, CA, USA view map

April 16, 2018 – July 6, 2018

The Terrace Gallery, City of Orlando

Orlando, FL, USA view map

February 4, 2019 – April 26, 2019

Frontiers of Flight Museum

Dallas, TX, USA view map

May 13, 2019