Planning on seeing a Yankee game this weekend? If you’re taking Metro-North Railroad to Yankees-E.153rd Street station, see Ellen Harvey’s permanent work The Home of the Stars in the pedestrian overpass. This large-scape series of glass mosaic panels captures the south-facing Bronx evening sky in April as it changes from 6:30 to 9pm depicting the radiant cloud-filled sky to a starlit night.
Exhibition Tuesday! Alyson Shotz created Nautical Charts- Gowanus & Red Hook from 1733-1922; Fathom Points + Compass Bearings, a permanent laminated glass, ceramic tile and stainless steel artwork at the Smith-9th Street station on the F and G line in Brooklyn. Currently, her work can be seen in a group show, The Thing Itself at the Yancey Richardson Gallery in Chelsea, NYC. On view until August 22, this exhibition examines photography, looking at the tools and materials used by many photo-based contemporary artists.
Images1-3.: Alyson Shotz, Nautical Charts- Gowanus & Red Hook from 1733-1922; Fathom Points + Compass Bearings, 2013.
4. Alyson Shotz, Double Fold, 2013.
Exhibition Tuesday! Artists Doug & Mike Starn created a permanent artwork at the South Ferry subway station on the 1 line, entitled See it split, see it change. Their monumental artwork comprised of glass and stone mosaic, a glass tile wall and a stainless steel fence reveals images of tree limbs and leaves in silhouette. Adapted from photographic imagery, these depictions reference Manhattan’s Battery Park, which is located directly above the station. The mosaic leaf and map tell the story of New York’s lifeline, as it keeps growing and changing. Recently, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem commissioned the Starn’s to create Big Bambu: 5,000 Arms to Hold You, a enormous installation of bamboo and rope towering over 50 feet high and covering around 7,500 square feet in the Billy Rose Art Garden outside the museum.
Images: Doug & Mike Starn, See it split, see it change, 2008.
Bottom: Doug & Mike Starn, Big Bambu: 5,000 Arms to Hold You, 2014.
Yesterday we officially announced Americans for the Arts voted two of Arts for Transit’s 2013 performance art projects as outstanding works for the Public Art Network Year in Review awards. During Grand Central’s centennial party on February 1st, 2013, Charlie Todd (founder of Improv Everywhere) surprised visitors of the terminal by organizing a group of 135 volunteers to perform a choreographed routine in the large windows on the West side of GCT. Please enjoy this beautiful video of Grand Central Lights.
We are honored to announce Americans for the Arts chose TWO of our commissioned performance artworks from last year’s Grand Central Centennial as outstanding public art projects of 2013! As part of celebration, Arts for Transit collaborated with Creative Time to present a major installation and performance project by visual artist Nick Cave. Entitled Heard NY, Vanderbilt Hall in GCT was transformed by 30 colorful horses which were periodically brought to life by sixty dancers from the Ailey School. The public response to this magical experience was beyond our expectations reaching approximately 15,000 people during the week long performance.
Artist Rita MacDonald created two permanent artworks at the adjacent Avenue J and Avenue M subway stations on the Q Line in Brooklyn. Entitled Bird Laid Bare and Hare Apparent, the glass mosaic and tile work incorporates enlarged vintage wallpaper-like patterns, which shape to fit into architectural spaces of the stations. MacDonald’s work is currently on view at the Storefront Ten Eyck in Bushwick Brooklyn. Inhabiting Ten Eyck is a site-specific group exhibition that features artists whose work spreads into the gallery’s corners, crevices and rafters. The show closes this Sunday, so go check it out soon!
As the first day of summer is this weekend (YAY!) check out our #TBT Daniel Del Valle's permanent faceted glass, A Trip Up the Bronx River, installed in 2004. Del Valle designed outdoor platform windscreens at the 174th Street station, all depicting the city and nature surrounding the Bronx River. Happy Summer!
Laura Gibellini’s permanent artwork actually continues in three stations in Queens! Seneca Avenue, Forest Avenue and Fresh Pond Road - Check it out here!
Laura F. Gibellini, “Dom (Variations)” (2013), glass mosaic & photo-engraved tiles in the Fresh Pond Station (via New Subway Art Installation Brings the Home into the Commute)
Illustrator Rich Kelly created a new poster for our Graphics program which will soon be installed throughout the NYCT subway system. Paying tribute to Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza, Kelly highlights the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Memorial Arch landmark designed by architect John Hemingway Duncan in 1892 as a historic gateway to other nearby cultural treasures. Keep an eye out for this new work and if you want a poster for your very own, they are for sale here!
Happy Memorial Day weekend! As a way to kick off the summer, enjoy Robert Wilson’s My Coney Island Baby, at the Coney Island- Stillwell Avenue station. Wilson used large scale images derived from vintage Coney Island postcards to create a vista glass brick wall celebrating this big, bold New York City landmark. Enjoy your BBQ parties!
Are you a full time student looking for an arts related #internship this summer?! Check out the descriptions for our internships here or please pass it along to anyone who might be interested. Application deadline for all internships is June 15th, 2014.
Faith Ringgold created Flying Home: Harlem Heroes and Heroines (Downtown and Uptown), a glass mosaic artwork at the 125th Street station on the 2 and 3 lines. Her mosaic work honors Harlem notables, depicting performers, painters, athletes and leaders, positioning them as if they’re in flight. Recently, Ringgold revisited her 1986 Groovin High quilt, transforming her work into a large scale commission for the High Line. Depicting a crowded dance hall, this work is evocative of Ringgold’s memories of Sunday afternoon dances in her native Harlem. Groovin High will be on view adjacent to the High Line at 18th Street and 10th Avenue until June, 2nd 2014.
Images 1-4. Faith Ringgold, Flying Home: Harlem Heroes and Heroines (Downtown and Uptown), 1996.
5. Faith Ringgold, Groovin High, 1986/2014. Photo by Timothy Schenck.