Inspired by the newest MTA Arts for Transit and Urban Design installation at the Metro-North Railroad Tarrytown Station, the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers is hosting a panel discussion Sunday, September 23 at 2 p.m. about how art is selected for public spaces.
Three MTA-commissioned artists whose work is on permanent display at four Hudson Line train stations will participate: Holly Sears, Joy Taylor and Nancy Blum.
Katherine Meehan, Manager of MTA Arts for Transit and Urban Design will lead the discussion. Livia Straus, director of the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, also will participate. The panel discussion is free with museum admission.
Sears, who lives in Brooklyn, created the 11 original oil paintings that were transferred onto glass panels for installation at Tarrytown train station. Entitled “Hudson River Explorers,” the paintings depict flora and fauna of the Hudson River in a style that is magically realistic, but grounded in naturalism. The plants and animals in this watery realm are mostly native species, many threatened or endangered. An occasional elephant and other exotic visitors also are featured.
Sears' work has been exhibited in New York City and New York State and throughout the US, as well as the United Kingdom and Israel, and commercial galleries. All 11 “Hudson River Explorers,” paintings are now on exhibit through October 13 at the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers. The museum is within walking distance of the Glenwood Station on Metro-North’s Hudson Line.
Joy Taylor is a painter, sculptor, and collage artist currently working on her second project for MTA Arts for Transit, “Jan Peeck's Vine,” consisting of steel sculptures, railings and signage for the Peekskill train station, will be installed there this fall. Taylor’s earlier work, “The Four Seasons,” a 40-foot-long glass mosaic, was installed in the Larchmont station in 2005. She regularly exhibits her work at galleries in the Hudson Valley and New York City, and lives in Red Hook, N.Y.
Nancy Blum, of New York City, has four public art commissions, including “Floating Auriculas” installed at Metro-North’s Dobbs Ferry Station in 2007. This glass mosaic on the platform wall was inspired by an heirloom plant. She is working on three light rail stations in Minneapolis/St. Paul, a 100-foot art glass for San Francisco General Hospital and a 40-foot, steel and resin sculpture for Philadelphia’s SEPTA system. Her work has been featured at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, the Boise Art Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Since 1985, MTA Arts for Transit and Urban Design has commissioned public art that touches the lives of millions of city-dwellers as well as national and international visitors. As the MTA rehabilitates the subway and commuter rail stations in New York City and its suburbs through its Capital Programs, it uses a portion of the funds for the installation of permanent works of art.
To date, Arts for Transit has installed 240 artworks that create unique visual links to neighborhoods that echo the architectural history and design context of the individual stations. Both well-established and emerging artists contribute to a growing collection of works that use the materials of the system—mosaic, ceramic, tile, bronze, steel, and glass.
Founded in 1919, The Hudson River Museum interweaves themes of 19th Century American art to today, history and science in changing programs and exhibitions. Overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades in Yonkers, the Museum reaches out to broaden the cultural horizons of its visitors with a special emphasis on families. The Museum celebrates the artistic legacy and cultural diversity of the Lower Hudson River Valley using an impressive collection of paintings (including Hudson River landscapes), sculpture, decorative arts, and photographs.
The Museum is a complex of modern galleries, Glenview - a river home listed on the National Register of Historic Places, an environmental teaching gallery; and a planetarium. Noted artwork includes “The Bookstore,” a walk-through sculpture by Pop artist Red Grooms.
The Hudson River Museum, at 511 Warburton Avenue in Yonkers, N.Y, is minutes from Exit 9 of the Saw Mill River Parkway. Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 12 noon to 5 p.m. Admission $5 for adults, $3 seniors and youth 5 to 16, under 5 free. Information and directions: 914.963.4550; hrm.org.
Sears’ “Hudson River Explorers” marks the 25th installed artwork in the Metro-North system. The Tarrytown Station was rebuilt as part of the MTA Capital Program with funding provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
For more on MTA Arts for Transit and Urban Design, visit http://mta.info/mta/aft/
Sears’ artwork has been added to the Meridian Arts for Transit app so that travelers can have the art collection in the palms of their hands. The app includes links to the more than 240 permanent art projects installed throughout the MTA system.