On Paper/ Grand Central at 100
September 27, 2013 – September 2014
On Paper/ Grand Central at 100, featuring the work of four noted contemporary artists working with cut paper, is the latest and last offering in a year-long series of exhibitions organized by MTA Arts for Transit and Urban Design mounted to celebrate the historic Centennial of Grand Central Terminal
The four artists – Laura Cooperman, Rob Ryan, Xin Song, and Thomas Witte – present original artwork inspired by Grand Central. Created by meticulous cutting of black and white paper, each artwork is composed of four panels set in the lightbox windows that flank the dining concourse on the lower level of Grand Central Terminal. Lightboxes are lit from behind, thus highlighting the negative spaces that are removed by cutting the paper, and bringing the imagery into sharp focus. This exhibit is the first time the lightboxes will be used to display original art; they usually showcase photographic work.
On Paper uses Grand Central as a point of departure and source of inspiration for beautifully expressed works drawn from family memories, the grandeur of the Terminal’s architectural space, the celestial vaulted ceiling and the romance of this fabled place. Papercut art is an ancient craft practiced by a wide variety of cultures around the world which has been rediscovered and reclaimed by contemporary artists. The exquisite detail and investment of time involved in creating such works are fitting in an exhibit that reflects on the passage of time in this historic architectural marvel. Together, the exhibit reveals ideas about time and space seen through the lens of a contemporary art form that echoes the high level of craftsmanship in the terminal’s architecture and decorative elements, many of which were carved, not from paper, but from limestone.
On PAPER/Grand Central at 100 invites you to enjoy these intricate papercut works. The exhibition will be on view in the Lightbox located in the Dining Concourse on the lower level of Grand Central Terminal from September 27, 2013 through September, 2014.
“Grand by Design” Exhibition at Yonkers Riverfront Library
January 11, 2014 - March 16, 2014
“Grand by Design” Exhibition at Yonkers Riverfront Library
Exhibition by the New York Transit Museum celebrates past, present and future of Grand Central Terminal
On January 11, the New York Transit Museum’s multimedia exhibition Grand by Design: A Centennial Celebration of Grand Central Terminal will open at the Riverfront Library in Yonkers. The show features rare artifacts and photographs from the museum’s collection highlighting the Terminal’s rich history. The exhibition was first created for a six week run in Vanderbilt Hall to kick off Grand Central’s 100th birthday. This adaptation gives visitors the chance to compare Grand Central to the Yonkers Train Station, a beautiful Beaux Arts building designed by the same architectural team. The exhibition is free and will be open to the public during regular library hours from Saturday, January 11, 2014 through Sunday, March 16, 2014.
“Our proximity to Grand Central Terminal is part of what makes Yonkers so attractive to young people and new businesses, and it is driving growth in our Downtown Waterfront Neighborhood,” said Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano. “Thousands of Yonkers residents ride the train to Grand Central Terminal every day on their way to work. This exhibit gives them and children, families and train enthusiasts across Westchester County the opportunity to slow down, admire Grand Central’s history and architecture and compare it with that of Yonkers Station, which was designed by the same architectural team.”
The exhibition is organized around several themes that address the Terminal’s far-reaching impact on the region, highlighting fascinating aspects of the building that are little known or rarely seen by the public. The themes include:
• Railroads Remake New York: The story of Cornelius Vanderbilt, the builder of Grand Central and America’s first tycoon, provides an introduction to Grand Central and its history as a railroad terminal.
• A Grand Design: Accompanied by drawings from the 1903 design competition for Grand Central, this section shows the building’s many ingenious features, including the sloping ramps that keep pedestrians flowing throughout the Terminal, and the roadway that encircles it, facilitating the flow of vehicular traffic.
• Elegance and Efficiency: From electrification, which brought Grand Central’s massive train yard underground, to generators hefty enough to power the surrounding neighborhood, the exhibit helps visitors understand the behind-the-scenes complexity of railroad operations and the building’s enduring engineering innovations.
• Going Places: Grand Central has a long history of serving long-distance travelers and local commuters. The exhibition explores the types of journeys that began and ended at the Terminal, including the iconic 20th Century Limited train.
• Making Mid Town into Midtown: Grand Central accelerated the growth of Midtown Manhattan, attracting more development to the neighborhood and transforming it into a central business district. This section will explore Grand Central’s influence on Midtown’s development and how it helped foster the growth of distant suburbs.
• New York’s Town Square: As a home for broadcast studios, political rallies, art exhibits, and tightrope walkers, the landmark building has been used in countless ways over the years, functioning as one of New York’s most exciting public spaces. The exhibition will cover the many ways the Terminal has been used, from art galleries to advertising space.
• A Star is Born: For generations, Grand Central has loomed large in movies, books and popular imagination, evoking themes of travel, separation and the hustle of big city life. The exhibition describes the Terminal’s place in popular culture as a location for film and television.
• Decline and Renewal: Descriptions of the decline of rail travel and Grand Central during the 1970s and 1980s segues into a section covering the building’s complete and meticulous renovation in the 1990s.
• The Next 100 Years: A section covering the future of Grand Central focuses on the Long Island Railroad East Side Access project and the changes it will bring for Midtown commuters.
“This exhibition examines Grand Central’s meaning and history, showing how it changed the landscape of both transportation and the city,” said Gabrielle Shubert, director of the Transit Museum. “Bringing the show to the Riverfront Library gives viewers the opportunity to compare Grand Central with the Yonkers station, a jewel-like mini-version of Grand Central.”
ABOUT GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL:
Grand Central Terminal stands as one of America’s greatest transportation hubs and one of New York City’s most iconic buildings. It is both a national institution and an international example of the success that can be achieved giving new life to a historic building that otherwise may have been destroyed. Over the course of a colorful and tumultuous 100-year history, Grand Central has gone from being simply the start and end points of long-distance rail travel, to being the iconic home of Metro-North Railroad and a destination for commuters, tourists and residents that boasts restaurants, cocktail lounges, a gourmet market, and numerous specialty shops.
ABOUT YONKERS TRAIN STATION:
Built in 1911, the Beaux Arts style Yonkers Train Station was designed by Grand Central Terminal architects Warren and Wetmore. It became part of MTA Metro-North Railroad’s Hudson Line in 1983. Recent improvements in and around the Station have enhanced the potential of the surrounding area as part of the city’s and Metro-North’s “smart growth” goals.
They include the Station’s full renovation in 2004, an adjacent public plaza built around a newly uncovered (or “daylighted”) section of the Saw Mill River in 2012, and several private development projects.
This presentation of the exhibition is sponsored by the City of Yonkers, Metro-North Railroad, Kawasaki and MRI USA Inc.
What: Grand by Design: A Centennial Celebration of Grand Central Terminal
When: January 11, 2014 – March 16, 2014
Where: Yonkers Riverfront Library
1 Larkin Center
Yonkers, NY 10701
Hours: Monday – Thursday 9am – 8pm
Friday 10am – 5pm
Saturday 9am – 5pm
Sunday 12pm – 5pm
Closed for Martin Luther King Day (1/20), Lincoln’s Birthday (2/12), and Washington’s Birthday (2/17)