Our newest exhibition is now on view!! On Paper/Grand Central at 100 features 4 amazing paper-cut artists — Laura Cooperman, Rob Ryan, Xin Song and Thomas Witte – who created original black and white paper-cuts inspired by Grand Central Terminal. The work is showcased in our Lightboxes at Grand Central Terminal (Dining Concourse, lower level), and will be on view until September 2014. Please check out this great video, “Cutting Shadows,” created by Antonio Rosario about artist Thomas Witte’s process for this project!
We have a very special #ExhibitionTuesday! Today, we highlight our very own On Paper/Grand Central at 100 exhibition, on view beginning this Friday, September 27, 2013. Featuring four amazing papercut artists, the Lightboxes (usually used for photography exhibitions) located in the lower level Dining Concourse of Grand Central Terminal will be transformed with original black and white papercut artwork, visible as light streams from behind the work. Honoring Grand Central’s Centennial, this exhibit will be on view until September 2014. Check out some past work created by these incredible artists!
Laura Cooperman, Hand-cut paper, 2013.
Lives in Cleveland, OH http://lauracooperman.com
Rob Ryan, All it Took, 2010.
Lives in London, England http://rob-ryan.blogspot.com/
Xin Song, Tree of Life, 2012.
Lives in Brooklyn, NY http://www.xinsong.com
Thomas Witte, Venice, 2012.
Lives in Brooklyn, NY http://www.thomaswitteart.com
Sneak Peek! Our newest exhibition, On Paper/Grand Central at 100, will be on view beginning next Friday, September 27, 2013 in the lower level Dinning Concourse of Grand Central Terminal. Above is a detail of Xin Song’s original artwork which will be featured in large scale Lightboxes, along side three other fantastic papercut artists, Laura Cooperman, Rob Ryan, and Thomas Witte.
Image: Xin Song,Time•Light•Gate•Clock (detail), 2013.
We are so happy to announce our newest offering in honor of the Grand Central Terminal Centennial! On Paper/Grand Central at 100, will feature four celebrated paper-cut artists, Laura Cooperman, Rob Ryan, Xin Song and Thomas Witte, whose meticulous works are inspired by the rich tapestry and history of Grand Central. The original cut-paper artwork will be displayed in 16 large scale Lightboxes, located in the lower-level Dining Concourse at Grand Central Terminal beginning on Friday, September 27, 2013!
Image: Rob Ryan, There Is Only Time! (detail), 2013.
Last chance to visit ON TIME/Grand Central at 100 at the New York Transit Museum Gallery in Grand Central Terminal before it closes this weekend! Sunday, July 7th is the last day to view this show featuring 18 contemporary artists. Patrick Jacobs dreamy and magical work, seen here, leaves us with an optimistic hope for the future, connecting the past, present and future of this historic and beloved landmark.
Image: Patrick Jacobs, Ledge with Lunette, 2013. Photo credit: Rob Wilson
“Our clocks keep track, ticking past seconds, minutes, hours, days. In Grand Central, the clock stands sentinel, measuring moments and bearing witness to the millions of people who stream through as we bustle to and from our family, our work, our passions, our lives,” said curator Amy Hausmann, Deputy Director, MTA Arts for Transit, in describing the inspiration for ON TIME/Grand Central at 100. “Grand Central is a place where past, present and future come together. The artists are thinking about a sense of time, bending it and exploring what this mythic and romantic place means to us.” See it for yourself! On view at the New York Transit Museum Gallery at Grand Central through Sunday, July 7. Get your own copy of this poster here!
Tracking time by the sun’s rays is the focus of Penelope Umbrico’s work as she amasses variations of one of the most recognizable images of the Terminal – light streaming through the windows and pooling on the Main Concourse floor, frequently referred to as the Grand Central “sun rays.” Umbrico made 512 C-prints of five different images, all found on various websites selling posters, postcards, “vintage” prints, and photographs. The repetition of the exact same image file on multiple sites, as well as the variations in treatment such as cropping, flipping, graphic framing, color filters and “watermarks,” creates a wholly new composition that prompts the viewer to take a closer look at how photography, memory and image making are joined and indexed. Her artwork, titled by the citation of each image, is currently on view in our exhibition, ON TIME/Grand Central at 100 in the NYT Museum Gallery in Grand Central Terminal.
Sunlight streams through the windows in the concourse at Grand Central Terminal in New York City in 1954. (AP Photo)
Penelope Umbrico, Five Photographs of Rays of Sunlight in Grand Central Station, Grand Central Terminal, 1903-1913, 1920, 1926, 1928, 1929, 1934, 1937, 1940, 1930-1940, 1935-1941, 1947, or 2010 by John Collier, Philip Gendreau Herbert, Edward Hulton…, 2013.
Artist Penelope Umbrico in front of her artwork.
Have you visited our ON TIME/Grand Central at 100 exhibition? When you do, be sure to stop and listen to Alexander Chen’s digital artwork, which creates a unique real-time mapping system that illustrates arriving subway and commuter trains into Grand Central terminal, pairing the arrivals with rhythmic musical chords. Conductor turns the New York subway system into an interactive, stringed instrument, combined with visuals based on Massimo Vignelli’s modernist map of the subway system, released in 1972. For this iteration, Chen imagines Grand Central as the pulsating central hub, the beating heart of the system itself.
Above: Alexander Chen, Conductor, 2011.
Plans for tomorrow night? Amy Hausmann, Deputy Director of Arts for Transit, will be leading a meet & greet with seven artists featured in our ON TIME/Grand Central at 100 exhibition! The event is Free and will take place at the New York Transit Museum Gallery in Grand Central Terminal beginning at 6PM on Tuesday June 11th. Reserve your spot here.
Tickets are still available for this weekend’s Grand Central Art tour. On Saturday, June 8 at 11AM, join AFT Deputy Director Amy Hausmann for a unique tour of the permanent artwork installed throughout Grand Central Terminal, including a special curator’s view of ON TIME | Grand Central at 100 organized by AFT and on view in the New York Transit Museum Gallery through July 7. Amy will be joined by artists Lothar Osterburg and Patrick Jacobs who will talk about the work they created especially for the exhibit. Reservations are required and available here.
Artist Sophie Blackall is endlessly inspired by the “Missed Connections” section of Craigslist. Playing off these poetic posts, Blackall images one stranger making a lasting impression on another within her illustrations. When the artist noticed the following post (which happened on Grand Central’s actual birthday), she couldn’t resist the timelessness of the location and sentiment:
Friday evening I was racing through the Main Concourse and you were there standing still, staring up at the stars. You had a book in your hand. You were lovely. Time stood still for a second while I fell in love, then I had to catch my train. Then I thought, Damn. Then I thought of a Plan. So here’s my ridiculously romantic plan: Meet me under the stars on Valentine’s Day. 8pm. Bring your book.
Posted February 1, 2013
See Blackall’s charming Grand Central, You and Me in Arts for Transit’s exhibit 'ON TIME/Grand Central at 100' on view at the New York Transit Museum gallery in Grand Central Terminal through July 7.
Image: Sophie Blackall, Grand Central, You and Me, 2013.
The Persistence of Time at Grand Central Terminal
Lothar Osterburg, “Grand Central” (2013) (all photographs by the author)
For meditations on time,…
Great article featuring some artists exhibited in our ON TIME/Grand Central at 100 show at the New York Transit Museum Gallery in Grand Central Terminal, on view until July 7th.
Ian Dicke’s “Grand Stage” investigates a microcosm of endless social exchange through digital video loops of passengers traversing the GCT main concourse, filmed by Elisa Ferrari. To further enhance this feeling of timelessness, the musical material and form of “Grand Stage” are extracted from Harry Von Tilzer’s “Last Night Was the End of the World,” which spent 22 weeks at the top of the charts in 1913, the year Grand Central Terminal was opened to the general public. See Ian Dicke’s artwork in the ON TIME/Grand Central at 100 exhibition at the New York Transit Museum Gallery in Grand Central Terminal, on view until July 7th, 2013.
Image: Nicole Paiement and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s New Music Ensemble, premiere of Grand Stage on March 2, 2013 in San Francisco, California.
In honor of Grand Central Terminal’s Parade of Trains event, Arts for Transit will present MUNY musicians, Inti and the Moon, Gabriel Aldort, Sean Grissom and Natalia Paruz this weekend in Vanderbilt Hall. Also, we will have two Art in Grand Central tours lead by AFT Director Sandra Bloodworth and Deputy Director Amy Hausmann both Saturday and Sunday (Limited space) See you there!