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Sun, Jan 28, 2018 1:00pm –
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The tour will begin at the bottom of the main escalator in the East 96th Street Q subway station and will conclude at the Lexington Avenue/63rd Street F and Q subway station.

Museum of the City of New York

Underground Art: Tour of the Second Avenue Subway

Image courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, 72ndStreet: Vik Muniz, Perfect Strangers

Join Sandra Bloodworth and Lester Burg of MTA Arts & Design, which commissions public art in subway and commuter rail stations in the NYC Metropolitan area, for a tour of the extraordinary art installations in the four new Second Avenue subway stations. Explore how high-profile artists transformed the blank station walls into ambitious projects using immersive porcelain tiles, intricate mosaics, and geometric illustration to celebrate community, city life, and public space.

The tour will begin at the bottom of the main escalator in the East 96th Street Q subway station and will conclude at the Lexington Avenue/63rd Street F and Q subway station. It will be approximately 10 blocks in length, mostly underground. Entry into the subway stations will be provided for all attendees, Metrocards will not be needed.

This program is inspired by the MCNY exhibition Art in the Open: Fifty Years of Public Art in New York (opens November 10).

About the Guides:
Sandra Bloodworth is the Director of the award-winning public art program MTA Arts & Design, where she oversees initiatives including Poetry in Motion and Music Under New York, as well as the creation and restoration of the MTA’s visual artwork.

Lester Burg spent twenty years working with the downtown Los Angeles and Hollywood Redevelopment Projects and now serves as the Deputy Director of MTA Arts & Design. He has managed artist selection for more than thirty permanent art projects at subway and commuter rail stations.