MTA Arts for Transit wishes you and your loved ones a very Happy Holiday! If you’re heading through Grand Central Terminal Market on your way home this evening, take a second to look up at the stunning Sirshasana by artist Donald Lipski. The suspended aluminum and polyester resin olive tree transforms the Market, as the sculptural chandelier glitters with 5,000 brilliant crystals ornamenting the inverted tree. Happy Holidays!
Throw Back Thursday! With Grand Central Terminal’s centennial still in full swing, here is a great photo at the Terminal from the early 1950s by photographer Boris Y. Klapwald, which was originally featured in our GCT dinning concourse Lightbox exhibition, Meet Me at Grand Central back in 2007. Come and see our newest Lightbox exhibition, On Paper/Grand Central at 100 showcasing some amazing black and white original papercuts!
Traces of journeys are the focus of artist Jim Campbell. In his work Fundamental Interval (Commuters), Campbell considers incremental time by measuring the footsteps of commuters walking across the main concourse of Grand Central Terminal. Using video-based LEDs he staggers these segments of time, creating shadows of motion that sweep across the terminal floor. See Campbell’s work in our ON TIME/Grand Central at 100 exhibition in the New York Transit Museum Gallery in Grand Central Terminal, on view until July 7th.
Image: Jim Campbell, Fundamental Interval (Commuters), 2010, Photo Credit: Sarah Christianson
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.
We love Lothar Osterburg too! He is currently featured in our ON TIME/ Grand Central at 100 exhibition, as well as our newest subway Artcard. Also, we love that his ‘Plus 1,’ is Ellen Driscoll who created a permanent artwork entitled As Above, So Below, in the North Passageway in Grand Central Terminal!
From Planthouse’s press release:
Our own ethical codes and social interactions have created the Plus 1 etiquette. Plus 1 comes from the idea of a formal invitation to an event. The invited is then allowed to bring a signiﬁcant other— a lover, friend, socially established partner, even an acquaintance. How much thought goes into the choice? It may be obvious or a long shot. On one side there is a clear answer to who’s coming, on another, a complete mystery. What does this Plus 1 bring to the table?
The Invited & Plus 1:
Grayson Cox & Daniel Bozhkov
Lothar Osterburg & Ellen Driscoll
Megan Plunkett & Seth Zucker
Zoë Sheehan Saldaña & Charles Moody
David Storey & John Dilg
Lothar [Osterburg] (detail)
The wait is over… Listed are the newest members of Music Under New York! These 25 individuals and groups have been accepted into the MUNY program after preforming at the program’s 26th Annual Auditions held on May 13 in Grand Central Terminal. From classical viola to Balkan party music, the performers have now earned the coveted spot on the 2013 MUNY roster!
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.