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PLATFORM: Creative Musings on Mass Transit
Tuesday, October 17 | 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm$15 / $10 for Museum Members
Inspired by the engineering, intricate choreography, and impromptu interactions of your daily commute? Wish there was an open mic night for historians and urbanists? A show-and-tell for your creative musings on mass transit? Us, too. The New York Transit Museum presents PLATFORM, an exciting series of cross-disciplinary programs created by the public for the public. Have an idea? We’ll give you a platform.
Gyda Arber & Elysia Segal
‘Til the Boys Come Home
Two women strike up an unexpected friendship in this immersive musical, set on the New York subway amidst the heightened political tensions of 1917. Journey with them through stories and songs of the Great War era as they discover that their bond runs much deeper than they realize.
Three 10-minute musicals take place on the M42 bus as it travels from East to West across Manhattan. TRIPTYCH follows three friends and their relationships to each other and the City in 1985, 2000 and 2017, partially inspired by the Transit Museum exhibit, A Day in the Life of a Bus.
I Love You, New York City
For decades, musicians have declared their love to New York City sonically to much fanfare. Accompanied by guitarist Jeff McLaughlin, Queen Esther sifts through the best of them—from “Autumn in New York” (Billie Holiday) to “Incident on 57th Street” (Bruce Springsteen)—to tell the story of her life in Manhattan.
Storycards randomly dispersed on subway seats prompt individual reflections on the daily commute which are later assembled into a meta-narrative of the NYC commute. Find a card hidden in the Transit Museum to add your own contribution to the collective story. Together, we write the story of the mobile city, one exquisite moment at a time.
Le Vol de Solange
An urban ballerina ventures into the NYC metropolis to the hip hop beat of a jazz infused orchestral track. Shot entirely on an iPhone, the film juxtaposes traditional ballet within the contemporary cityscape. The use of color and unique compositional choices adds to the dancer’s choreography.
Ashley McQueen, Smashworks Dance Collective
In Transit explores the intricacies of human interaction within the New York City subway. Complimented by live performers, on-screen dancers explore the red line from Wall Street to 96th Street in this multidisciplinary work–complete with pink flagging tape, squished commuters, and the electric energy of this underground world.
Above My Head, Under My Hand
As you are whisked along underground, do you ever wonder about the world passing above your head? This installation brings that world down into the subway, with a series of frottage rubbings collected from the ground above the artist’s own commute, a short stretch of the A/C line.
Natalia ‘Saw Lady’® Paruz
1900s Subway Musician
The fact that the first rules of conduct of the subway already included a prohibition for busking (street performing) tells us there were street musicians in the subway from its start. This projects connects today’s subway musicians with those more than 100 years ago.
Wandering New York: Photos
A selection of “subwayscape” photographs from the blog Wandering New York that capture the transit system’s intricate built environment and its influence on the neighborhoods and development of New York City.
Engines of Culture
Join Danya Sherman for a lightning talk about her trips around the country and a participatory workshop to dream together about a better American train network. This work is part of a larger project called Engines of Culture, which aims to create arts and cultural activities in train spaces and build support for America’s national rail system.
Robert M. Stevenson & Jess Honovich
The Last F Train on Earth
Featuring Dontonio Demarco Davis
Where do our minds wander when the subway gives us time to think? In this intimate site-specific play, two strangers on the same subway car create a story about the last F train on Earth, with nothing but the objects in their car and the omniscient voice of the conductor.