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Kites and the Whitney Museum of American Art

The Whitney Museum of American Art is mounting an exhibition sometime in the future that will focus on Alexander Graham Bell. The exact date of the exhibit has not yet been announced.

While Bell has never been viewed as an 'artist', the museum feels that his work as recorded in his many notebooks utilized artistic expression to detail his ideas and concepts that were under development at various stages in his career as an inventor.

Bell was famous for including sketches and diagrams of his concepts. Many of his original sketches of his "ring" and "tetrahedral kites" are well known to kite historians, but they have not been widely revealed to the public.

I was pleased to be asked by Kristen France of the Whitney curatorial staff to assist with research on Bell's work with kites and the development of powered aircraft. The detailed research notes that I provided have been used to track down original photographs stored in the Library of Congress, the National Archives of Canada, and at the Alexander Graham Bell Museum in Baddeck, NS.

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Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2007 at 08:24PM by Registered CommenterHifliercanada in , | CommentsPost a Comment

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