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Visit Hollywood’s Golden Age at MIA’s new art exhibition

After Hours by artist Kristen Thiele now on display at Central Gallery

(MIAMI, September 27, 2018)After Hours - Miami International Airport’s latest art exhibition by contemporary artist Kristen Thiele now on display just past the Concourse E security checkpoint - transports viewers to Hollywood's Golden Age through a series of oil paintings derived from films between 1930 and 1950. The artist is particularly interested in this era of film and how it parallels with the concept of artifice via opulent and escapist themes.


Thiele’s theme depicts figures walking through spaces representing isolation and transition. Other works explore ambiguity and the anonymity of individuals in crowds and the crowd itself as a kind of abstraction.

Hosting the After Hours exhibition in a year that MIA celebrates its 90th anniversary makes this opportunity even more special for our airport. While Hollywood was experiencing its golden era, MIA was undergoing one of its own, as a generator for the booming aviation industry. The glamour of that era is beautifully illustrated in these stunning paintings.
Miami-Dade Aviation Director Lester Sola
We are delighted to share the work of a brilliant artist, whose paintings are a product of absorbing and internalizing every detail of the source image - which in this case, is old film stills. After Hours is a captivating series not only for movie fans, but for all passengers wanting to unwind or be delightfully entertained while they make their way to their destinations.
Gendry Sherer, MIA Fine Arts and Cultural Affairs Director

About Kristen Thiele

Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Kristen Thiele received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and her MFA from Miami International University. Thiele currently co-runs Bridge Red Studios/Project Space in North Miami, Florida, alongside her father, visual artist Robert Thiele, exhibiting longstanding South Florida artists in an alternative environment. In Savannah, Georgia, Thiele teaches foundation courses at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Thiele's posters were published in the definitive rock poster book, "The Art of Modern Rock" and her paintings are featured in, "Miami Contemporary Artists" and "100+ Degrees in the Shade." She lives and works in Miami and Savannah.

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