Masstransiscope is back! One of NYC’s most beloved public art projects, Bill Brand’s Masstransiscope, re-opened this week in the tunnels near the DeKalb station in downtown Brooklyn. The zoetropic work, installed in 1980, is made up of 228 colorful images which can be seen by riders on the inbound B or Q trains. The animated work has been a favorite for generations of New York subway riders, and Brooklynites in particular. It’s been restored after vandals defaced the artwork and we are thrilled to see it again. So after you go to the amazing Afropunk Festival this weekend in Fort Greene, take a ride into Manhattan and keep your eyes peeled to see if for yourself!
Happy Poetry Month! Hope you can join us on April 10 with our friends Billy Collins, Jeffrey Yang, Aracelis Girmay, Maria Howe and a host of other poets and musicians in Vanderbilt Hall for KEEPING TIME, celebrating the centennial of Grand Central presented with our beloved partners, the Poetry Society of America. Meanwhile, celebrate this (you will smile, we promise!):
Our newest Lightbox exhibition is up! Greetings from Coney Island, includes eight stunning panoramic time-lapsed views of the famed seaside amusement park by photographer Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao. Located at the Atlantic Avenue-Barclays subway complex, these photographs were all taken as dusk turned into evening on one summer’s night. Coney Island is back in business and these photos showcase its appeal and attractions. With his long exposures that capture and compress time within each frame, Liao brings the viewer into the picture through his technique of wide angle and expansive viewpoint.
Above: Greetings from Coney Island, selected photographs by Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao, 2013.
Even better, at the conclusion of HEARD•NY, Nick Cave will select 100 of the most imaginative, witty, and beautiful examples, which POKE will use to create a unique digital experience on the page.
Did you get your copy of Sunday New York Times newspaper? Check out the Art & Design section dedicated to artist Shinique Smith. She is also currently working on a beautiful permanent Arts for Transit project involving large-scale mosaic and laminated glass at the Mother Clara Hale Bus Depot in Harlem. Yay Shinique!
Above: Tony Cenicola/The New York Times
Check out this great video presenting some of the artists featured in AFT’s new exhibition ONTIME/Grand Central at 100 on view in the New York Transit Museum Gallery in Grand Central Terminal. Artists Jane Greengold, Andrew London, Marcos Chin and Peter Sís and curator and Assistant Director Amy Hausmann speak about the exhibit inspired by the Grand Central and the passage of Time. The show opened just yesterday, and will run until July 7th. Go see it for yourself!
In honor of Armory Arts Week, we have posted podcasts for you to learn more about some wonderful artwork in our collection! Today for SoHo Night, download Walter Martin and Paloma Muñoz’s podcast on their installation A Gathering, located throughout the mezzanine of the Canal Street station. After you tour the station, head to Grand Central Terminal for our brand new exhibition, ON TIME/Grand Central at 100, which also features the work of Walter Martin and Paloma Muñoz! Check out all the Armory Public Events, including all our highlighted podcasts here.
Limited edition Nick Cave HEARD•NY MetroCards are in machines starting today! Did you get one? Which station? Post a picture of you with yours and tag it #IHEARDNY.
Artist Nick Cave’s HEARD•NY will transform NYC’s Grand Central Terminal March 25–31. Learn more.
The Nick Cave HEARD•NY MetroCards are here!
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/