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Tour the City’s Newest Cultural Destination
September 16, 2017 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Out Professionals Tours New York City’s Dazzling New $4.5-Billion Art Museum — the Second Avenue Subway.
On Saturday, September 16, join Out Professionals for a private tour of the new Second Avenue Subway’s remarkable art collection. With a single swipe of your MetroCard, experience the visual excitement created at a cost of $4.5 million, out of an overall budget of $4.45 billion.
From a pool of more than 300 high-profile applicants, the MTA Arts & Design public arts program assigned each of four artists a new or renewed station (63rd, 72nd, 86th or 96th Street) for a major installation.
Chuck Close. The celebrity photorealist created 12 “Subway Portraits,” each nearly nine feet high. Subjects include artists Cindy Sherman and Kara Walker, and musicians Lou Reed and Philip Glass.
Vik Muniz. The Brazilian-born, Brooklyn-based artist created “Perfect Strangers,” life-size mosaic portraits of real New Yorkers — a hand-holding gay couple, a mother with toddler and stroller, a subway saxophonist, a sari-wearing woman with cellphone.
Jean Shin transformed archival photos of the dismantling of the Second and Third Avenue elevated lines that served the Upper East Side until the 1940s and 1950s. “Elevated” turns these images into shimmering, partly transparent photographic murals in ceramic tile, glass mosaic and laminated glass.
Sarah Sze (pron. ZEE), who represented the United States at the Venice Biennale in 2013, chose to create an environmental work of art. “Blueprint for a Landscape” lines walls with nearly 4300 brilliant porcelain tiles.
A hint of what you’ll learn on September 16:
- Why have traditional subway tiles been abandoned?
- Which stations have artist self-portraits?
- What is the story behind the two men holding hands?
- How are the artists’ images integrated into the walls?
- What are the mottos used in the stations?
Phil Desiere, founder of Walk About New York, is licensed by the city as a tourist guide and is a member of the Guides Association of New York City (GANYC). Besides conducting tours of such quintessential spots as Central Park and Greenwich Village, Phil develops and leads tours of Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery, a National Historic Landmark.
Where and When
On Saturday, Sept.16, we meet on the southwest corner of Second Ave. and 94th St. Tour takes place rain or shine, involves stairs and begins at 3 p.m. sharp, with a swipe of your MetroCard. To avoid delaying other tour-goers, please pre-fill your MetroCard with a minimum of $2.75. Tour ends at Lexington Ave. and 63rd St. Open-ended mixer to follow nearby; refreshments on your own.
Advance Registration Advised
Nonmember, $30. Dues-paying Member of Out Professionals, $20. To avoid disappointment, register before 11 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 15. The personalized nature of our tours limits the number of participants; sorry, no refunds or exchanges. Pocket a copy of your online receipt; thanks! At the door, space permitting, cash only.