3. Two Surviving Murals Are in the Newark Museum

Gorky Mural in Newark Airport
Painted by Arshile Gorky, this mural is one of the two surviving murals from the Art Deco terminal.

Newark’s Art Deco terminal once hosted ten murals sponsored by the Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration. Arshile Gorky, an Armenian-American Abstract Expressionism painter, created these murals, calling them “Aviation: Evolution of Forms under Aerodynamic Limitations.” Although time and neglect have destroyed eight of the murals, two of them are open for public viewing at the Newark Museum of Art.

These murals, which Gorky originally painted on large canvases, were hidden for decades under layers of paint. However, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey found the hidden murals during an inventory operation of the airport. A reproduction of one of the murals exists in the original Art Deco terminal.