The banners were hung in Grand Central with care, a sign Nick Cave Soundsuits soon would be there…
Nick Cave’s HEARD•NY, presented by Creative Time & MTA Arts for Transit, on view March 25–31 in Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall with dancers from The Ailey School activating the Soundsuits at 11am & 2pm daily. #IHEARDNY
Find out from the Director of MTA Arts for Transit and Urban Design how artists helped revive NYC’s subways in the 80’s and 90’s and what new art you can look forward to seeing underground (and elevated).
Creative Time has collaborated with Arts for Transit many times over the years! Here are some of the greatest hits:
We’re proud that our own MTA Arts for Transit and Urban Design Director, Sandra Bloodworth, participated in TEDxCapeMayRecreation and Re-creation, in October. Her talk, Re-creation of Public Spaces, takes you on a visual journey through the MTA’s subway system with a focus on the power of art to transform public spaces. To tell the story of the amazing rebirth of the New York’s subway over the past three decades, Sandra tours stations, both elevated and subterranean, where the introduction of permanent art has transformed the everyday experience of straphangers. Sandra shares a great background story on Arts for Transit and its role in transforming a very public place. Enjoy and share it!
It’s easy to miss how subversive Tom Otterness’s cute bronze figures in the NYC subway really are. They’ve been crying out about wealth inequity since 2001 with direct references to 19th-century political cartoonist Thomas Nast’s imagery. This project is part of the MTA’s Arts for Transit program.
The video is made by NYC-ARTS whose most recent tumblr post is a great video of Bill Brand’s underground zoetropic masterpiece, Masstransiscope, whose installation we supported back in 1980. We posted about it here on Tumblr a few months ago.
“I loved to be able to pitch to such a hardcore New York audience down in the subway. It meant I could pull out some of my blackest humor and I’d have some takers.” - Artist Tom Otterness on ‘Life Underground’ in 14th Street/Eighth Avenue station http://youtu.be/eOJGsh76Bks
“It takes a lot of chutzpah to call drivers bozos,” said Patrick Boyle, spokesman for the Automobile Club of New York. Artist G.H. Hovagiman’s “Hey Bozo, Use Mass Transit” (1994) was part of a Creative Time collaboration with MTA Arts for Transit to encourage people to use mass transit. (read more)