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July 26, 2010

Jazz-Age Inspired Mid-Century Geometric Abstract Artwork To Be Featured At John Wayne Airport

SANTA ANA, Calif. - A collection of paintings depicting the Jazz Age in a mid-century Geometric Abstract style are on display in John Wayne Airport's (JWA) Terminal A Vi Smith Concourse Gallery across from Gates 11 - 14 now through September 20, 2010. This exhibition features art by 12 California artists who explored geometric and angular abstraction during the Post WWII era. All of these artists worked with water-based paints including transparent watercolor, casein, acrylic and gouache.

Painting of zoo visitors in front of monkey cages

Monkey Cages by Wayne Carl La Com (1949)
Courtesy: Jeff Olsen Collection

"The Airport is pleased to welcome this exciting and introspective collection of artwork," said Airport Director Alan L. Murphy. "We hope our passengers enjoy a look into this historic California artwork while visiting John Wayne Airport."

These works were considered a vital part of a larger California mid-century modern art and music movement. This included modern design concepts as applied to architecture, furniture, photography and industrial design, but was especially linked to the progressive West Coast Be-Bop Jazz being played and recorded in and around Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Curated by Jeff Olsen and Gordon McClelland, "Mid-Century Abstraction - California Artists Respond to the Be-Bop Age" can be viewed only by ticketed passengers who have passed through the security screening checkpoint. For more information about JWA's art program, visit

John Wayne Airport (SNA) is a self-supporting enterprise owned and operated by the County of Orange and serves nearly nine million passengers annually. The Airport is served by 10 commercial airlines serving 20 nonstop destinations in the United States and Canada.