How to Fly in America collects artifacts from a not so distant past when millionaires wore money bags and poor people were two inches tall. It highlights the hysteria that led Rockefella to snuff out tenement campfires. It recounts how the Van Stelton brothers stole potatoes from hungry mouths to feed their train engines. Most importantly, it investigates that up-from-your-bootstraps- find-your-fortune-in-the-potato-pile energy that taught America how to fly.
This exhibit was part of Amid/In Western New York at Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, January 2016.