The installation of AFT’s newest exhibition ONTIME/ Grand Central at 100 has begun! Here is an inside look at the wonderful Lothar Osterburg, artist of the newest AFT subway Art Card Zeppelins in Grand Central, making final tweaks to his fantastical model of Grand Central. Osterburg’s evocative photogravure images based on this model of the famous vaulted space blur the lines between past and present. Come see it for yourself or purchase an Art Card at www.transitmuseumstore.com. The exhibit, which features the work of 18 incredible artists opens March 6, 2013 at the New York Transit Museum Gallery in Grand Central Terminal.
In case you missed last week’s Grand Central Centennial celebration, here is a wonderful video created by ARTINFO featuring Arts for Transit’s permanent artwork throughout the terminal. AFT director, Sandra Bloodworth speaks about the marvelous art, architecture and history of this magical place. Stay tuned to all the Arts for Transit & GCT centennial events here!
On the evening of Grand Central Terminal’s 100th birthday, 135 Improv Everywhere participants staged a surprise performance in the grand windows on the terminal’s west side. Equipped with a variety of LED flashlights and camera flashes, performers appeared suddenly and unannounced along three floors of windows, creating a shower of light for the commuters and tourists below.
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We were so excited to work with Improv Everywhere on this event! Big thanks to everyone involved!
HAPPY 100th BIRTHDAY GRAND CENTAL TERMINAL! Yippie! We are hours away from marking the beginning of the next 100 years for this grand temple of transportation and Arts for Transit will be presenting many events throughout the entire year. American poet Billy Collins, former Poet Laureate of the United States, will premiere his poem Grand Central, on the Grand Concourse stage shortly after 10:00 AM. Featured on the newest poster in the Poetry in Motion collection, the poem commissioned by Arts for Transit and the Poetry Society of America is beautifully paired with the celestial ceiling of Grand Central Terminal. Here is a sneak preview of Collins reading his lovely poem in honor of Grand Central Terminal Centennial. For a full list of events for today and the upcoming months, click here!
Grand Central Terminal turns 100 years old in just two days!! There will be so many celebratory events during the course of the day and evening, which will all be accompanied by some of our wonderful musicians from Music Under New York at 4 different locations throughout the terminal and station. Check out the schedule for Friday, February 1, and be sure to take a moment to listen to some great music!
The Grand Central Centennial is just days away! If you are planning on visiting for the celebrations on Friday (or any day for that matter!) take a minute to check out the stunning Sirshasana, by artist Donald Lipski. This sculptural chandelier was created in the shape of a golden-rooted olive tree suspended above the Grand Central Market near Lexington Ave and 43rd Street. Made from aluminum and polyester resin with branches that span twenty-five feet, the tree is covered with 5,000 brilliant crystal pendants that glitter in the morning sunlight. The piece elevates the space, bringing the feel of an outdoor market inside. Lipski drew upon Hindu and Greek lore as an inspiration for this work. “To the ancient Greeks the olive tree symbolized freedom and purity,” he explains. “And the name Sirshasana refers to a yoga headstand posture - the inverted tree…” In addition to alluding to the famous, historic chandeliers found throughout Grand Central, Lipski’s olive tree is a comment on the allure of the exotic and tempting wares sold in the Grand Central market place. Certainly worth taking a look… or better yet a picture!
Above: Donald Lipski, Sirshasana, 1998.
In honor of the Grand Central centennial, we would like to highlight Arts for Transit’s permanent artworkthroughout GCT. First up, artist Ellen Driscoll who referenced the historic constellation ceiling from the main concourse of Grand Central Terminal in her glass, bronze and mosaic relief, As Above, So Below. Located in the Grand Central North passageway, her artwork takes the viewer around the world to the night sky above five different continents, representing myths, civilization, heavens, and the underworld. A close look at any of the faces in the work reveals their diversity, as indeed, the people in these mosaics represent many different backgrounds. However, the artist has altered them to take on the attributes of mythical figures. The work summons the everlasting and the ephemeral, reminding us of our worldly past while we hurry through the station.
Above: Ellen Driscoll, As Above, So Below, 1998.
The new 2013 Art Cards have arrived!! Seen by a billion people each year, AFT commissions artists to create images that are talked about, noticed and admired by riders when they are posted on subway cars throughout the system. This year, we focused in on the Centennial of Grand Central Terminal! Waahhoo 100 incredible years! Artist Marcos Chins envisions a Grand Catwalk — admiring commuters and visitors in their varied, vibrant fashionable costumes and postures with an extra dose of historic architectural design details found at this temple of transportation. Heading to work, band practice, yoga and the like, these travelers journey beneath the iconic celestial sky ceiling in style. Keep your eye out for this gem and for more Grand Central Centennial excitement! Available at www.transitmuseumstore.com
This week marks the 25th anniversary of Grand Central Dances, a program presented by MTA Arts for Transit in collaboration with Metro-North Railroad and Dancing in the Streets. On October 9th and 10th in 1987, contemporary dance was presented to the public in the main concourse. These evening performances , which included the dance companies of Merce Cunningham and Lucinda Childs, emerging choreographers like Stephan Koplowitz, and many other talents like the great aerial artist Philippe Petit (seen above), were offered for free and designed to give the public a new impression of Grand Central’s iconic architecture. The landmarked building was then 75 years old. As we look back at the innovative art forms that have been staged in Grand Central, we look forward to the exciting events we have planned for the coming year, in celebration of Grand Central’s Centennial. Check back for updates – it’s going to be big!