Last Friday, the MTA has begun its major $266 million overhaul of the Times Square Shuttle. In the long run longer trains, a switch from a three- to two-track operation, an added four-car to six-car train system, wheelchair access will be happening between the Grand Central Terminal and Times Square-42nd Street transit.
The original subway was built in 1904. Times Square and Grand Central are the two busiest stations in the system. originally the station was suppose to look like the people movers at Disneyland.
The Shuttle will operate as it normally does, but service will be reduced during construction. Commuters are advised to expect crowding throughout the duration of the project. Arrival tracks will also change.
Work on the 42 St Shuttle is scheduled to run from Aug. 16 through 2022.
For additional information on the 42 St Shuttle Project, click here.
Reverse Manhattanhenge Brings Magic To Manhattan
Manhattanhenge happens at sunset, a Reverse Manhattanhenge happens during sunrise. It happens twice a year when the rising sun perfectly aligns with NYC’s grid. This year Reverse Manhattanhenge takes place on Wednesday, November 29th. The best time to watch this spectacular view is at 6:59am. The next one will occurJanuary 11th at 7:20am.
The best place to catch this phenomena is at the major streets such as 14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd and 57th Street
Midnight Moment For December: Doku: Digital Reincarnation
The shape-shifting protagonist in this five-channel work is Doku – the name derived from the phrase “Dokusho Dokushi,” which translates to “We are born alone, and we die alone,” and references a canonical Buddhist scripture. While sharing Lu Yang’s facial expressions and features, the nonbinary character was generated from an amalgamation of various dancers and musicians, and created in collaboration with a team of scientists, 3D animators, and digital technicians using the latest in motion capture technology. Through this repeated incarnation, the artist is reborn as an ever-present avatar, endowed with talents surpassing physical limitations – uniting ancient concepts such as reincarnation with the latest technological innovations.
Lu Yang is a Shanghai-based artist who creates work exploring themes and formats, inspired by both traditional Chinese medicine and contemporary digital cultures. Through the medium of video, installation and performance, Lu Yang explores the fluidity of gender representation through 3D animated works inspired by Japanese manga and gaming subcultures. With a fascination with the human body and neurology, Lu Yang’s work bridges the scientific and the technological with aesthetics drawn from popular youth culture creating new visions of China in the face of modernity.
Born in 1986 in Shanghai where they are currently based, Lu Yang prefers to play with pronouns and insists she “lives on the internet” to further confuse fixed notions of identity. They attended the China Academy of Fine Art in Hangzhou, BFA and MFA, under the tutelage of Zhang Peili, the godfather of Chinese video art. A 2019 winner of the BMW Art Journey award, she has shown internationally including the M Woods Museum in Beijing, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in Melbourne, and in many other shows, including the Asia Society Triennial in New York.
FreePalestine Protesters Tried To Ruin Thanksgiving and Black Friday, What’s Next?
Today innocents were freed for terrorists. On Thanksgiving over 30 protestors halted the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade along Sixth Avenue, glueing themselves to the route. Several protestors were taken into custody, but with our DA Alvin Braggs, how long will that last?
On The New England Native American float one performer held out a Palestinian flag. How was that Native American?
Loud boos for both incidents rang out from the crowd, as the white jumpsuit-clad protestors poured fake blood over themselves and held up the parade for thousands.
As I was trying to get to Thanksgiving dinner, Anti-Israel protesters flocked to the New York Times building after the parade and if you were coming from Port Authority or any subway near there, your life was thrown into chaos. It took me over an hour to get from Port Authority to 55th and 6th.
The FreePalestine protesters also redecorated the Stephen Schwarzman building of the NY Public Library with pro-Palestine art & fake blood as well.
To make matters worse Anti-Israel protesters targeted Macy’s on Black Friday after disrupting the store’s iconic Thanksgiving Day parade screaming “Why are you shopping? Bombs are dropping!” They also stopped the traffic on 34th street and 6th avenue in Manhattan with a massive Palestinian flag, causing traffic delays.
They also went after the PUMA flagship store as they sponsor the Israel’s football association.
These protestors are hijacking NYC, time and time again. They are hijacking tax payer dollars for their protests? Why aren’t we doing something to stop this and getting mad as hell over this? WHY?
Midnight Moment: Screen Test: Isabel
Until November 30th , nightly 11:57pm – 12am artist and filmmaker Andrew Ondrejcak
remixes cinematic history on a monumental scale. FIlipina Trans actress and director Isabel Sandoval plays the starring role in Screen Test: Isabel, shape-shifting through some of the most iconic film scenes of the past century, including Barbarella and Marlena Dietrich’s 1930 film Morocco. In this surreal journey through time and collective memory, Ondrejcak and Sandoval use film and fantasy to reclaim popular cultural narratives, subvert conventional constructs, and explore the limitless possibility of identity and gender.
“We are curious about the process of discovering our authentic identity through the theatrical facade. Self-discovery is often influenced by society’s customs and pressures, which prescribe gender norms. We prefer a kaleidoscopic vision of identity, one in which the theatrical elements of hair, make-up and fashion are used as a form of self-discovery and, ultimately, liberation.” — Andrew Ondrejcak
“I started out making Screen Test as an exercise in dress-up and performance only to emerge with something more profound: a journey about self-discovery and metamorphosis. Shape-shifting into these characters, guided by the iconic performers that first inhabited them, I uncovered a specific truth about myself, a certain feeling, that I magnified and brought to cinematic life. It’s a grand, transportive odyssey–from homage to reimagining, pretense to candor, fiction to truth. The tension between these polarities is where art happens, and I’m ecstatic to have played a part in Andrew’s vision.” — Isabel Sandoval
Screen Test: Isabel is a special edit of The Actress (2021), commissioned by the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Andrew Ondrejcak writes, directs and designs works for theater, opera and film. His works link art history with contemporary iconography, often putting a queer perspective on a classical form. Born and raised in Mississippi, Ondrejcak studied architecture and painting at Savannah College of Art and Design and, later, playwriting at Brooklyn College under Mac Wellman and Vito Acconci. His work with experimental theater led him to a career in art direction and production design in the fashion industry where he became known for bold, large-scale environmental installations. Andrew’s theatrical works have been presented at REDCAT, Los Angeles; Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels; Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans; deSingel International Arts Campus, Antwerp; Holland Festival, Amsterdam; The Kampnagel, Hamburg; and in New York at The Kitchen, BAM Harvey Theater, The Public Theater in Under the Radar Festival and the Guggenheim Museum’s Works in Process as curated by Robert Wilson. He has been the creative director of special projects for Hermes, Vivienne Westwood, 3.1 Phillip Lim, New York and Shanghai Fashion Weeks, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Vogue Italia, among others. For a decade, he was a lecturer at the Museum of Modern Art.
Isabel Sandoval is an actress and filmmaker who wrote, directed, edited and starred in the films Señorita, Aparisyon, Lingua Franca. She skillfully weaves together Catholic mysticism and Filipino history with transgender and immigrant experiences. With the film Lingua Franca, Sandoval became the first out trans woman of color to compete at the Venice Film Festival.
Midnight Moment is made possible by the Times Square Advertising Coalition, ABC SuperSign, American Eagle, Branded Cities, Clear Channel, Disney Store, Express, Levi’s, LG, Line Friends, Morgan Stanley, Microsoft, New Tradition, Outfront, Paramount, Sensory Interactive, Sephora, Sherwood Equities, Show + Tell, Silvercast, Swatch, T-Mobile, TSX, and JCDecaux.
Major support of Times Square Arts is provided by Morgan Stanley. Additional program support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature; and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Additional support for Midnight Moment is provided by Meta Open Arts and the Times Square Advertising Coalition.
Sculpture of Dreams
Presented by Times Square Arts and the The Jewish Museum, New York, Sculpture of Dreams is Argentinian conceptual pop artist Marta Minujin’s first public sculpture in New York City, and one of the largest art installations hosted in Times Square to date. Minujín calls the vibrant, 16-piece inflatable an “anti-sculpture,” a reference to her work’s playful and subversive materiality — edgeless, soft, and ephemeral.
“Times Square is the biggest Pop scene of all time. For me, it’s like being Alice in Wonderland. My Sculpture of Dreams — a flying, inflatable, soft sculpture — will be surrounded by lights, videos, and people from all over the world who come to see the attractions. It’s the perfect place for this work, I love it!”
— Marta Minujín
Over the course of her six-decade career, Marta Minujín has been a globally influential force in contemporary art with her singular intellect, and irreverent, boundary-pushing artistic ventures. The versatility of her conceptual projects includes performances involving motorcycles, food, and chickens; immersive installations featuring phone booths, neon, and working beauty salons; sculptures built from cheese, mattresses, and banned books; and most recently multi-piece inflatable works that reach over 50 feet tall.
Sculpture of Dreams is a part of a series of works that have been presented in Argentina and Brazil. The Times Square exhibition will mark the series’ North American debut and is presented in conjunction with Marta Minujín: Arte! Arte! Arte!, Minujín’s first survey exhibition in the United States, on view at the Jewish Museum beginning November 17.
Over the past sixty years, Marta Minujín has developed happenings, performances, installations, and video works that have influenced generations of contemporary artists in Latin America and beyond. Combining elements of experimental theater, film and television, advertising, and sculpture, Minujín creates total environments that place viewers at the center of social situations and confront them with the seductiveness of media images and celebrity culture. Notably, she has often refused to create lasting objects, opting instead to develop her work in opposition to institutional structures, simultaneously crafting monumental yet fragile works that challenge art conventions and testify to her unwavering commitment to radical artistic forms and the artifices of popular culture. Minujín’s ability to inspire awe, joy, and surprise has firmly established her as a celebrated pioneer of Latin American conceptual art.
Minujín studied at the Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes Manuel Belgrano and the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes Prilidiano Pueyrredón Buenos Aires. She carried out her first performance, La destrucción (The Destruction), in Paris in 1963. Returning to Buenos Aires in 1964, she was awarded the Premio Nacional Instituto Torcuato Di Tella for the work ¡Revuélquese y viva! (Wallow around and live!), her first interactive installation. Minujín received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1966. During the 1970s, she lived between the United States and Argentina, exhibiting her work in major institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1973), and Centro de Arte y Comunicación, Buenos Aires (1975, 1976). A retrospective of Minujín’s work was presented at the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires in 2010, and her work has been included in documenta 14, Kassel (2017), and in exhibitions at Tate Modern, London (2015); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2015); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2001); and elsewhere. Her first survey exhibition in the United States, Arte! Arte! Arte!, will be on view from November 17, 2023 through March 31, 2024 at the Jewish Museum.
The Jewish Museum is an art museum committed to illuminating the complexity and vibrancy of Jewish culture for a global audience. Located on New York City’s famed Museum Mile, in the landmarked Warburg mansion, the Jewish Museum was the first institution of its kind in the United States and is one of the oldest Jewish museums in the world. The Museum offers diverse exhibitions and programs and maintains a unique collection of nearly 30,000 works of art, ceremonial objects, and media reflecting the global Jewish experience over more than 4,000 years.
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