CASE STUDY // Transit Museum Gallery Annex and Store at Grand Central

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Website:  http://mta.info/mta/museum/index.html#general

Address: Main Concourse of Grand Central Terminal

Institution type: Museum

Operating Hours:
MON- FRI: 8am to 8pm
SAT-SUN: 10am to 6pm

Contacts:  Gabrielle Shubert (Director and President) and Elyse Newman (Education Manager)

Admission: Free

Mission: The mission of the New York City transit museum Gallery Annex and Store at Grand Central is to showcase  art pertaining to “history, sociology and technology of the New York City transportation services” since the beginning of its time. In order to do so, the museum collects, exhibits, interprets and showcases various pieces of art related to the history of public transportation.

 

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History: The New York City Transit Museum opened a satellite branch in the main concourse of Grand Central Terminal on 14th of September 1993. This branch of the Transit museum houses a transit oriented gift shop as well as an exhibition space that showcases transit related rotating exhibitions. The Grand Central Branch of the Transit Museum also houses a working model of the New York City subway system that is displayed during holiday season.

Current Exhibition: The exhibition currently displayed at the Transit Museum Gallery Annex in Grand Central is titled “Grand Central Centennial- quilts” is displays a variety of quilts designed by various artists in New York City to commemorate the grandeur of the Grand Central Terminal.

“The goal of this exhibition is “to celebrate the Centennial of Grand Central Terminal, the City Quilter, a Manhattan based fabric store, designed four fabrics incorporating the distinctive colors and iconography of this beloved building. In partnership with American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine, a national quilt making competition was organized. With the requirement to use these fabrics in their design, eighty one contestants created quilts inspired by Grand Central. The grandeur of the building’s architecture provided a myriad of details to draw from. The challenge of reinterpreting this iconic space in fabric yielded a wide array of artistic visions. Thirty quilts judged to be finalists, are on view in this exhibition.”

 

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