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The pink painted Mandela Way T-34 Tank at this point covered with graffiti, March 2005.

Aleksandra Mir (b.1967, Lubin, Poland) is an artist based in New York City and Palermo, Sicily.

Mir, a Swedish citizen, studied Communication and Media Studies at Schillerska/Gothenburg University (1986-1987) and attained her BFA in Media Arts (1992) from the School of Visual Arts in New York before completing her post graduate work in Cultural Anthropology from the New School for Social Research in New York in 1996.[1]

Mir's work is not traditional; she often works outdoors on novel media. For example, she once transformed a Dutch beach into a lunar surface and declared herself the ‘first woman on the moon’. She has also published biographies of 'ordinary’ people and staged a nine-to-five cinema, showing disaster films for the unemployed.

Mir has presented her work at a number of international shows and has held solo exhibitions at galleries and museums including the Institute of Contemporary Art in London and the PS1 Contemporary Art Center in New York[2]

In 2004, the dormant Saarinen-designed TWA Flight Center (now Jetblue Terminal 5) at JFK Airport briefly hosted an art exhibition called Terminal 5[3] curated by Rachel K. Ward[4] and featuring the work of 18 artists[5] including Aleksandra Mir. The show featured work, lectures and temporary installations drawing inspiration from the idea of travel — and the terminal's architecture.[5] The show was to run from October 1 2004 to January 31, 2005[5] — though it closed abruptly after the building itself was vandalized during the opening party.[4][6]


  1. ^ Mary Boone Gallery - Aleksandra Mir
  2. ^ greengrassi. "Previous exhibitions by Aleksandra Mir".  
  3. ^ "TWA Terminal Named as One of the Nation’s Most Endangered Places". Municipal Art Society New York, February 9th, 2004.  
  4. ^ a b "A Review of a Show You Cannot See"., Tom Vanderbilt, January 14, 2005.  
  5. ^ a b c "Now Boarding: Destination, JFK". The Architects Newspaper, September 21, 2004.  
  6. ^ "Art Exhibition at JFK Airport's TWA Terminal Abruptly Shut Down". Architectural Record, John E. Czarnecki,, October 11, 2004.  

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