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!
Clear your calendar for Monday, May 13th! The 2013 MUNY auditions will be an all-day event, taking place in Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal. A panel of expert judges, cultural institution professionals, and fellow musicians will choose the newest additions to the MUNY roaster for this year. Free and open to the public, the performances will feature all types of music from opera singers to jazz guitar. Here are some images of MUNY circa 1991!
The MUNY auditions are just a few weeks away! We (and our entire panel of expert judges) can’t wait to hear what the newest musicians have to offer! Meanwhile, flashback to these photos from the early 1990s of amazing MUNY musicians playing all around Grand Central Terminal. If you want to catch the auditions in real time, save the date Monday May 13th for some awesome and varied free music!
Our exhibition ONTIME/Grand Central at 100 features some amazing artists, including Vik Muniz. Inspired by Charles Sheeler’s 1939 iconic image, Rolling Power, which celebrates the Henry Dreyfus-designed New York Central locomotive, Muniz transforms the image though his own meticulous method of hand-crafted paper collage and photography. It’s a striking piece to see in person! The exhibition at the New York Transit Museum Gallery in Grand Central will be on view until July 7th.
Above: Vik Muniz, Rolling Power, after Charles Sheeler, 2008.
Have you stopped by to see our exhibit ONTIME/Grand Central at 100 yet? Before you step inside the door to the New York Transit Museum Gallery in Grand Central, make sure you stop to see the film on view just outside. This great video by London Squared aims a quirky set of eyes on the everyday at Grand Central in their work Grand Central Diary. ‘Urban Anthropologists,’ Andy and Carolyn London, interview a variety of New Yorkers and visitors to discover what Grand Central means to them. In this lively animation, a range of mundane, normally-silent observers are given voice and use it to philosophize about the secrets, stories and stars of this historic place. (You might have seen other work by London Squared, like this one from the TALK TO ME exhibit at MoMA in 2012.)
Video: London Squared Productions, Grand Central Diary, 2013.
As we continue to feature artists from our exhibition, ONTIME/Grand Central at 100, we’d like to spotlight artist Jane Greengold and her work, Lost and Found. Greengold’s installation uses 100 years of memorabilia and talismanic items, to evoke the experience of travelers to and from Grand Central over its long history. She creates a fictional narrative of four generations of railroad conductors who supposedly create a personal museum of memories from passengers who never reclaimed lost items. Weaving together objects she imagines were never claimed at the Terminal’s epic Lost & Found, Greengold creates a sort of wunderkammer that contains not only lost items, but also a hand written notesdescribing when and why the item was left behind.
Above: Jane Greengold, Lost and Found, 2013.
Nick Cave’s HEARD•NY starts tomorrow!! The ‘Crossing’ performance in Grand Central Terminal will take place at 11AM and 2PM every day this week. Slowly and majestically weaving through the bustling crowds, 30 life-size, mulit-color horses will invite commuters, tourists, and passersby to stop in their tracks as they encounter these otherworldly figures. As you pass through GCT during this magical week remember to take a picture & hashtag #IHEARDNY
Jump for joy! Nick Cave’s HEARD•NY starts Monday in Grand Central Terminal.
• March 25–31 (Mon-Sun): 30 dazzling horse Soundsuits are on display in GCT’s Vanderbilt Hall all day, every day. Map of GCT showing Vanderbilt Hall.
• 11am & 2pm daily: The Soundsuits will come to life, activated by 60 dancers from The Ailey School for “crossings” accompanied by harp and drums.
• 3:30pm daily: Free public tours of HEARD•NY meet in Vanderbilt Hall. No RSVP needed.
Great tips about our collaboration with Creative Time for Nick Cave’s HEARD•NY starting Monday! Yippie!!
Have you visited our ON TIME/Grand Central at 100 exhibition in the NYT Museum in Grand Central Terminal? Among the 18 wonderful artists, Patrick Jacobs creates a unique microscopic view into the Terminal’s workings, with his fisheye lens that depicts in miniature the grand views from the windows on the Main Concourse. His work, Ledge with Lunette, focuses on a ledge above the main concourse on which a pigeon nest has lodged itself. This fictional scene suggests a whimsical if dubious element in the grand setting of the beaux arts Terminal. Jacobs explores the world around us by borrowing from a mixture of scientific fact, cultural assumptions, wishful thinking or even magic. Stop by the exhibition today and see this enchanting piece of artwork!
Above: Patrick Jacobs, Ledge with Lunette, 2013. Photo Credit: Rob Wilson
Less than a week away! Everyone get ready for Nick Cave’s HEARD•NY in Grand Central Terminal co-presented by MTA Arts for Transit and Creative Time. From March 25–31, 2013, Chicago-based artist Nick Cave will transform Grand Central Terminal with 30 life-size, multi-colored horses, peacefully “grazing” and periodically breaking into choreographed movement to the accompaniment of live music. #IHEARDNY
Above: Photograph by James Prinz, Courtesy of Nick Cave Studio
Our exhibition ONTIME/Grand Central at 100 opens tomorrow! On view at the New York Transit Museum Gallery at Grand Central, the show features contemporary artwork in honor of the centennial of Grand Central Terminal. Artists interpreted the theme of Time and the people who move and live through it, who are connected to the past and present thought experience in this iconic place. The exhibition opens with two romantic images from 1947 by noted mid-century photographer Paul Himmel, who shot images for the Herald Tribune, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. Himmel pins down the timelessness of the solitary figure in his poetic black and white image, isolation a single figure in the whirl of the Grand Central crowd. The show opens March 6th and runs until July 7.
Above: Paul Himmel, Grand Central 3, 1947.
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.
Volunteers needed for Nick Cave’s HEARD•NY in Grand Central Terminal, March 25-31. (Training March 24.)
More details: http://creativetime.org/projects/heard-ny/volunteer/