Funk Friday! Congratulations to artist Xenobia Bailey on her Creative Time exhibition, “Funk,” part of Funk, God, Jazz, and Medicine: Black Radical Brooklyn, opening in Brooklyn tomorrow! Here is a sneak preview of a detail from her newly installed glass mosaic Funktional Vibrations, (which when fully complete, will be one of the largest permanent public artworks in NYC!) This stunning, vibrant and imaginative work will soon be on view at the nearly finished 7 line’s new 34th Street-Hudson Yards station.
Artist Bascove created two iconic posters for us, Crossing (2003) and Endurance (2007), highlighting the bold, sweeping curves of MTA’s Whitestone and RFK Bridges. This Saturday, September 20th, the Noble Maritime Collection in Staten Island will open Bascove/Bridges Transporting the Metropolis, a solo exhibition of Bascove’s work which will feature her original oil pastel paintings. The exhibition will run until July 2015.
Hey, remember Nick Cave’s HEARD•NY, our Grand Central Terminal centennial collaboration project with Creative Time ?! Well if you’re free TONIGHT, head to the NYPL The New York Public Library to hear Nick Cave - Visual Artist speak about his new book “Epitome” and new projects with Creative Time’s NatoThompson!
Mark your calendars! Nick Cave will be discussing his incredible new book, “Epitome,” with our chief curator Nato Thompson on September 10 at NYPL The New York Public Library. This monograph surveys Cave’s gorgeous, genre-defying Soundsuits, installations, and performance work—including his “HEARD•NY” with Creative Time last spring.
Best of all, it’s free! More info HERE.
Artist Cal Lane created The Digs, a permanent artwork made of steel sculptural panels installed in at the elevated Knickerbocker Avenue station on the M line. Intricately welded by Lane, each of the 28 windscreen panels merge architectural ornaments found on the surrounding buildings throughout the Bushwick neighborhood, creating an entirely new pattern. (Watch the video of this amazing process here!) Opening this Thursday, Lane will have a solo exhibition at Art Mûr in Quebec, CA. Entitled Cal Lane: Veiled Hoods and Stains the show will run until October 25th, 2014.
The surfer’s view of the shore from inside a wave is the subject of artist Michael Miller’s Surf Station 90, a faceted glass artwork at the Beach 90 station on the A line in the Rockaways. Opening this weekend, Miller will continue his celebration of the NYC designated surf location with his newest exhibition at the Rockway Beach Surf Club. End the summer with a splash and check out this surfing themed art!
Happy Labor Day weekend! Please enjoy Louis Delsarte’s permanent glass mosaic artwork, Transitions, at the Church Avenue station in Brooklyn. Celebrating the vibrancy of the Flatbush section, Delsarte focuses on the colorful and energetic West Indian-American Day Carnival. This year’s festivities will kick-off tonight at 6PM on Eastern Parkway near the Brooklyn Museum! Enjoy!
Artist Shinique Smith created Mother Hale’s Garden, a permanent laminated glass and mosaic artwork on the facade of the new Mother Clara Hale Bus Depot located between 146th and 147th Street in Central Harlem. Smith’s exuberant brush strokes and vibrant collage were translated into glass and ceramic mosaic that spans the building’s exterior. This past weekend, Smith’s solo exhibition Bright Matter opened at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston features 30 of her key works from this past decade with more than a dozen new pieces, on view until March, 2015.
Images: 1-2. Shinique Smith, Mother Hale’s Garden, 2013.
3. Shinique Smith, Splendid, 2014.
Legendary graphic designer and artist Milton Glazer created one of our earliest permanent art projects, Untitled, at the Astor Place station. This porcelain enamel work compliments the station’s historic fabric while making bold geometric patterns in colors that echo the existing elements. Recently, Glaser designed a new climate change logo promoting awareness and a banner featuring the new logo will hang on side of the School of Visual Arts building!
#TBT to when Ryan Gosling (
lookalike) stopped to check out artist Owen Smith’s permanent ceramic mosaic installation, An Underground Movement: Designers, Builders, Riders at the 36th Street Station in Brooklyn!
Artist Simon Levenson created The Beaches of New York City, a glass block permanent artwork at the Beach 60 Street station in the Rockaways on the A Line. With his expressive brushstrokes, Levenson’s painted figures remind us of childhood memories at the beach. Presently, Levenson is a Painter-in-Residence at Bryant Park, painting summer landscapes and the iconic imagery of the park until Friday, August 15th. Go say hi!
#TBT Thinking about visiting the awesome Central Park Zoo this weekend? Take the train to the Fifth Avenue/59th Street station to visit the park and along the way, see Ann Schaumburger’s permanent artwork, Urban Oasis. Installed in 1997, the glass mosaic depicts a menagerie of animals and birds that can be seen in the zoo!
Christopher Russell created Bees for Sunset Park, a cast bronze permanent art installation at the 9th Avenue station on the D line in Brooklyn. Designing two sets of gates and finials for the fences surrounding the historic station, Russell focused on the image of the bee, referencing the station as a kind of beehive and center of activity with individuals darting in and out. Opening this Thursday July 31st , Russell’s work will be featured at the Independent Art Projects, a new collaborative 2,500 square-foot art space in the MASS MoCA complex in North Adams, MA. Running until September 21st, the exhibition will include work from his most recent project, After the Golden Age, comprised of historic European decorative art references.
Images 1-3. Christopher Russell, Bees for Sunset Park, 2012.
4. Christopher Russell, Tooth and Claw, 2014.