Come celebrate National Poetry Month with us! On Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27 we’ll be partnering with Poetry Society of America to bring an amazing and FREE poetry weekend. Poetry in Motion Springfest, inspired by the New York State Poet Laureate Marie Howe, will be held in Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal from 11AM to 6PM on both days and will feature a variety of poets, artists, music and interactive poetry activities. More information about all the events (including a young poet workshop, ages 6+) is found here. Please join us!
Image artwork: Amy Cheng, Rediscovery (detail), 2012.

Come celebrate National Poetry Month with us! On Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27 we’ll be partnering with Poetry Society of America to bring an amazing and FREE poetry weekend. Poetry in Motion Springfest, inspired by the New York State Poet Laureate Marie Howe, will be held in Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal from 11AM to 6PM on both days and will feature a variety of poets, artists, music and interactive poetry activities. More information about all the events (including a young poet workshop, ages 6+) is found here. Please join us!

Image artwork: Amy Cheng, Rediscovery (detail)2012.

Exhibition Tuesday!

Roberto Juarez created A Field of Wild Flowers, a mixed-media painting on the wall of the Station Master’s Office in Grand Central Terminal. In the work, Juarez imagines a place of refreshment and repose with his lush garden landscape, designed to appear as though it were seen through the windows of a slow-moving train. Beginning tomorrow April 2, Juarez will be featured in a solo exhibition at the La MaMa Galleria in NYC. Entitled Roberto Juarez: Past/Present, the location is actually the site of Juarez’s first NYC studio in 1981. Over the next month, Juarez will take over the gallery creating new work and inviting guests to participate in studio visits. This exhibition will be on view until April 20th with a closing reception presenting the newest work by the artist.  

Images 1-2: Roberto Juarez, A Field of Wild Flowers, 1997.

3: Roberto Juarez, 1981. Photo by Steven Baker 

Exhibition Tuesday!

Allan Wexler and collaborator Ellen Wexler created the permanent artwork, Overlook, at the LIRR Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn in 2009. The two-story sculptural granite balcony visually evokes the adventure of travel, reminiscent of scenic overlooks often found in national parks. On Saturday March 29,  Ronald Feldman Fine Arts in NYC will open Breaking Ground, a solo show featuring the work of Allen Wexler, on view through May 3, 2014.

Image 1-2: Allan and Ellen Wexler, Overlook, 2009.

Allan Wexler, Ascension, 2012

Allan Wexler, Gravity 03, 2013

Exhibition Tuesday!

Reed Seifer created the optimism MetroCard, a massive public art initiative in the MTA system between 2009-2011. Intended to be a serendipitous discovery for the audience, an edition of thirty million MetroCards with the text ‘optimism’ printed on the reverse were distributed randomly through MetroCard vending machines. Through the simple use of the word, the artist transferred a sense of positive, forward looking energy into the hands of those using the MetroCard. Currently, Seifer’s artwork is on view at the Schiltkamp Gallery at Clark University until April 2, 2014. In this exhibition, the optimism logo is reverse-printed on badges for distribution.

In 2004, Arts for Transit presented Rudolf Stingel’s Plan B, an enormous “painting” which consisted of a 27,000 square foot psychedelic wall-to-wall pink and blue floral carpet temporarily installed in Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall. The work was created in collaboration with our friends at the Art Production Fund and CREATIVE TIME. The Gagosian Gallery in New York City is currently displaying five of Stingel’s giant Tyrolean Alps paintings through April 19,2014. 

Images: Reed Seifer, optimism Metrocard, 2009-2011.

Reed Seifer, reverse-printed optimism, 2014.

Rudolf Stingel, Untitled, 2010.

Rudolf Stingel, Plan B, 2004.

Exhibition Tuesday! Two AFT artists have some amazing artwork on view:

Mel Chin created stainless steel and glass sculptures with lighting on the mezzanine column bases and ceramic tile at the Broadway-Lafayette Street/Bleecker Street station. Entitled Signal, the permanent artwork draws upon the rich history of the Broadway and Lafayette crossroads, once a trading route for the tribes of the Six Nations. Currently, the New Orleans Museum of Art is exhibiting Mel Chin in a solo show, Mel Chin: Rematch. This major retrospective of Chin’s work will be on view through May 25th, 2014. Also, check out a podcast about Mel Chin’s permanent AFT work here.

Haresh Lalvani will be creating a permanent artwork to be installed within the platform windscreens of the 88th Street station on the A line. Lalvani used algorithms and data relating to the distances of streets to the transit stations to generate unique patterns that will form 24 stainless steel panels, entitled MORPHING88 . Recently, Lalvani installed a stainless steel sculpture at the southeast corner of 54th Street and Avenue of the Americas. SEED54 is an 8ft laser-cut monument shaped like a patterned seed that examines the morphology in nature, which Lalvani often explores in his work. 

Images: Mel Chin, Signal, 1997.

Mel Chin, Our Strange Flower of Democracy, 2005.

Haresh Lalvani, SEED54, 2013.

Haresh Lalvani, MORPHING88 (drawing), 2014.

Armory Arts Week is in full swing in NYC! In honor of the Armory Art Show’s focus on Contemporary Chinese artists, we have uploaded 4 new podcasts featuring AFT artists Carol Sun, Bing Lee, Victo Ngai, and Xin Song. Each artist speaks about their process in creating artwork for Arts for Transit. Listen to the podcasts here or in the subway on the way to the next art fair! 

Images: Carol Sun, A Bronx Reflection (detail), 2007.

Bing Lee, Empress Voyage 2.22.1794, (detail), 1998.

Victo Ngai, The Cloisters (detail), 2013.

Xin Song, Tree of Life (detail), 2012.