In a bit of artistic circularity, City Lights Gallery, the downtown non-profit arts group, just launched a solo show of Morgan Kaolian’s aerial photos of downtown Bridgeport.
Mr. Kaolian is known to locals as a radio traffic reporter, and he provides my newspaper valuable eye-in-the-sky photos whenever we need them. A formally trained artist handed a new-generation Nikon lens, Mr. Kaolian has captured dreamy shots of the Park City at dusk.
So it’s fitting that both the gallery and Mr. Kaolian are honoring Bridgeport’s part in the history of flight.
On Friday, February 4, the gallery will host “City in Flight,” a series of short films and presentations will demonstrate our area’s significance in the history of flight. A better name for this program would have been “Move Over, Kitty Hawk.”
Andy Kosch, an expert on the legacy of Gustave Whitehead, will argue that Whiteheads plane flew before the Wright Brothers made their historic Kitty Hawk flight. Kosch is rebuilding a full-size replica of the Whitehead plane at the Connecticut Air and Space Center and a four-foot model of this flying machine will be on view.
The evening will also include a screening a brief interview with Igor Sikorsky (1889-1972), the inventor the helicopter and namesake of the airport and manufacturing operation in Stratford.