TRANSIT ON THE SPECTRUM: THE ART OF PURE VISION
Brooklyn, Through September 1, 2014
Pure Vision Arts is New York’s premier studio and gallery space for artists with autism and other neuro-developmental challenges. Over the past 11 years it has nurtured and launched the careers of many artists who conquered these challenges, finding successful self-expression through the arts. The exhibition features recent work depicting New York City public transportation.
This exhibit has been made possible in part by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts and The Capital Group Companies.
GRAND CENTRAL CENTENNIAL QUILTS
Grand Central, March 15 through July 6, 2014
(detail) © Mercury’s Concourse, 2013, Fran VanEron
To celebrate the Centennial of Grand Central Terminal, The City Quilter, a Manhattan-based fabric store, created four fabrics and recruited American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine to help organize a national quilt-making competition. Using these fabrics, eighty three contestants submitted quilts inspired by the Terminal. Thirty finalist quilts are on view in this exhibition.
ANATOMY OF A POWERHOUSE: ELECTRIFYING THE EL
Brooklyn, December 14 through October 12, 2014
Manhattan Railway Company 74th Street Powerhouse, ca. 1902. NYTM Collections.
At the dawn of the twentieth century, Manhattan’s landscape was blanketed by smoke with cinders falling to the streets below from steam powered elevated trains. When the Manhattan Railway Company built the 74th Street Powerhouse, the largest alternate current power station to date, it was a marvel of engineering that transformed the city by replacing steam engines with cleaner electric locomotives. The construction of the powerhouse and its early days of operation are captured in photographs from the New York Transit Museum’s collection.
WHAT'S NEW? A GRAND CENTRAL SNAPSHOT
Photo by Frank English
Grand Central Terminal's Centennial comes to Brooklyn with a glimpse into two important topics: how electrifying the railroad was key to both Grand Central's design and the development of Midtown; and how Grand Central's beaux arts architectural splendor distinguishes this building as one of the world's great train stations.
Electricity: Powering New York's Rails
The Transit Museum's first science exhibit explains the mystery behind the third rail, AC/DC current and how motors work. Hands-on interactives and vintage objects from a century ago tell the story of the power behind a mass transit system that keeps New Yorkers on the go 24/7. Guaranteed to simplify this complicated tale for kids and their grownups, every visitor will walk away with a new understanding of how using mass transit makes New York one of the world's most sustainable cities. Click here for a peek!
This exhibition is supported by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.