Art Inspired By Flight, In N.Y. And California

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A new play about two young French aviatrixes preparing to compete in a long-distance race from Paris to Moscow opened in New York this week. "Flight," written by Robyn Hunt and Steven Pearson, is set in 1913, and follows the two women as they work to assemble a Bleriot XI monoplane. The play opened in South Carolina last year. It's the third installment in a trilogy inspired by the works of Anton Chekhov, integrating art, history and science. Also coming soon is Skydreamers, a photo exhibit that opens at the Autry National Center's George Montgomery Gallery in Los Angeles on April 29. The show features 150 photographs, as well as works on paper, paintings, posters, and memorabilia drawn primarily from the center's extensive collection of art related to the American West.

Skydreamers will feature a 1947 photograph of the interior of Howard Hughes' "Spruce Goose" aircraft while under construction, a 10-image sequence of a balloon ascension in Paris in the early 1900s, space photography, views of the Earth from above, and more. The show is scheduled to run through Sept. 4; click here for more info. "Flight" plays at The Connelly Theatre in New York until April 10; click here for ticket information.