“They own the art, the art becomes theirs,” said Sandra Bloodworth, referring to the general public. She is the director of MTA Arts & Design at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and, with independent curator William Ayres, has just written the second edition of a book about art in the subway system called, “New York’s Underground Art Museum: MTA Arts & Design” (Monacelli Press). The party for the book was held Thursday evening at the Fulton Center, where a remarkable work, “Sky-Reflector-Net,” which appears on the cover of the tome, was in place. It was created by James Carpenter Design Associates, Grimshaw Architects, and ARUP, and was intended to take advantage of the natural light that comes in at the site, the vast Fulton Street subway stop.
“Actually, I love the idea of bringing a touch of class to our stations,” said Dr. Michael Horodniceanu, president of MTA Capital Construction. “The more beauty there is in general, the more it improves one’s experience of life.”
Ayres, who is also editor of 19th Century, the magazine of the Victorian Society in America, noted that one key work was Milton Glaser’s abstract tile panels, “Untitled,” 1986, at the Astor Place station, which was made in cooperation with Prentice & Chan, Ohlhausen Architects. “It became very popular, and was one of the seeds of our present system,” he said.