Sunport Arts Program
The Albuquerque International Sunport is one of the country’s most culturally unique airports because of the architecture and 113-piece permanent art collection. Artwork can be found at gates A1, A4, and B6, between the A and B concourses, the E gates, the Great Hall (2nd Level Ticketing), Baggage Claim, outside the Ticketing Level main entrance, along Sunport Boulevard heading east to the parking garage, at the Rental Car Center (on University SE south of Sunport), and at the historic Old Terminal Building on George Road (south of Sunport).
Curtiss Pusher Biplane
The Sunport is home to an original 1914 Curtiss Pusher Design Biplane located in the Great Hall near the north window. The biplane is believed to be the finest surviving example of an original Curtiss-design pusher. It was designed after the first biplanes flown in New Mexico by Charles Walsh in 1911, and Lincoln Beachey in 1912. To commemorate these landmark flights, The Albuquerque Museum and the Albuquerque International Sunport jointly purchased this historic airplane for the people of Albuquerque. Its presence in the Sunport is a monument to the history of early aviation in New Mexico. In contrast to modern aircraft, the propeller is located in back of the craft and it pushed, rather than pulled, the biplane through the air. Most of the airplane, including the wing fabric, is in original, unrestored condition. Minor repairs have been made to the wing fabric and bamboo since the plane was acquired in 1987. Only a very small number of parts, including some of the rigging wires, have been replaced.
In 1998, the Sunport Arts Program officially expanded its schedule of events to include a year-round series of concerts in the Great Hall of the airport terminal. Sunport Serenades offers free concerts, featuring an array of local talent, ranging from classical to mariachi to jazz to polka. Each year, more than 100 free concerts are produced to entertain visitors and welcome travelers to the Land of Enchantment. The concerts are a popular opportunity to showcase diverse and talented performing artists. All performances are free, open to the public and held in the Great Hall of the Terminal Building, 2nd Level. For more information, call 244-7785.
Lowriders and Hot Rods: Car Culture of Northern New Mexico
On display from June 2019 to Aug 2020, this exhibit was included in ArtDesk’s Top 9 Airport Art Exhibits in the World!
This exhibit showcases mobile works of art and their creators, home-grown Nuevomexicanos who customize, detail, paint and upholster these popular symbols of culture. This exhibit will include custom cars, motorcycles, bicycles and photography from the past 40 years and seeks to elevate this segment of New Mexican culture beyond its stigmas and stereotypes, to celebrate skilled craftsmanship and their commitment to family and community. The goal is to open a door to people of all cultures to mingle, learn and appreciate what it means to engineer a proud ride and hit the road, low, slow and in style. For more information, contact Curator, Max Baptiste at email@example.com