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Hosted by North Carolina Now correspondent Christine Rogers, this half hour special not only reveals some of what the visitor will find at the exhibit-collections of photographs, artifacts, paintings, sculpture and videos-but it also focuses on some of the exhibit's most thought-provoking material. Among the prized pieces is a statue of a modern day St. Sebastian-a Tuskegee airman pierced by airplanes rather than arrows-created by a New York artist killed in the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center.
The special is designed to take viewers into the heart of the exhibit and explore not only the connection between art and flight, but also the important questions raised by the exhibit and its artwork.
NC Museum of Art director Lawrence Wheeler explains the importance of the Defying Gravity exhibit and how it ties together the concepts of art and flight. The exhibit's curators, Huston Paschal and Linda Johnson Dougherty, describe the work involved in putting together the exhibit and their selection process on what would be showcased. Wheeler, Paschal and Dougherty also communicate the impressions they hope the public will leave with after they have visited the museum.
"Over the past 100 years, aviation has helped produce many of the world's highest moments of achievement and lowest moments of tragedy," says Shannon Vickery, host of North Carolina Now. "Both perspectives are explored in the exhibit and discussed in the special, illustrating how the exhibit is becoming a catalyst of conversation throughout the state."