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August 2018

Bringing Back the City: Mass Transit Responds to Crisis — Gallery Talk

Tuesday, August 28 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Transit Museum, Corner of Boerum Place & Schermerhorn Street
Brooklyn, United States
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Free with Museum Admission
Visitors view Bringing Back the City gallery at the New York Transit Museum

Bringing Back the City offers a unique perspective on the vital, often unseen, work of New York’s transit employees. Using the events of 9/11, the 2003 Northeast Blackout, Hurricane Sandy and other severe weather events as examples, the exhibition reveals the critical role that mass transit personnel play in preparing for and responding to natural and man-made disasters. Through a vibrant display of objects, photographs, media, and personal accounts, the exhibition highlights the technical and professional skills needed to restore public transportation service and get New Yorkers moving again after crisis strikes. Join Senior Manager of Exhibits Rob DelBagno for a gallery talk of the exhibit, on view through September 2, 2018.

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September 2018

Big City Book Club: David Duchovny in Conversation with Ginia Bellafante

Thursday, September 20 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Transit Museum, Corner of Boerum Place & Schermerhorn Street
Brooklyn, United States
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$25

Join the New York Times for their third Big City Book Club event at the New York Transit Museum! Hear from David Duchovny, widely known for his performances in “The X-Files” and “Californication,” who will discuss his new novel, “Miss Subways.” The title refers to the iconic contest and poster series that were features of New York City subway cars from the 1940s through the 1970s. Mr. Duchovny’s novel, set in the present, tells the story of a middle-aged teacher and the doorman who shakes up her life. Transit Museum archivists will have materials related to the Miss Subways campaign that inspired the book on display, as well. Ginia Bellafante, Big City columnist for the New York Times, leads the conversation on Tuesday, September 20th at 6:30 pm.

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Poetry in Motion at 25 — Gallery Talk

Tuesday, September 25 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Gallery Annex @ Grand Central, Off the main concourse in the Shuttle Passage, adjacent to Station Masters' Office
New York, United States
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Free
Poetry in Motion gallery at Grand Central Terminal.

Poetry in Motion at 25 celebrates the beloved program that has delighted subway and bus riders with its selection of short, stimulating verses from a variety of published poets since 1992 when it first displayed an excerpt from Walt Whitman’s “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry.”  Join Senior Curator and Deputy Director of Collections & Exhibitions Amy Hausmann for a tour of the Museum’s exhibit at Grand Central terminal, featuring a broad range of the original Poetry in Motion car cards that have appeared in the New York City Transit system over the last twenty-five years.

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October 2018

Underground Heroes: New York Transit in Comics — Gallery Talk

Tuesday, October 30 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Transit Museum, Corner of Boerum Place & Schermerhorn Street
Brooklyn, United States
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Free with Museum Admission

New York’s rich visual vernacular is a colorful setting for illustrated stories, so it comes as no surprise that our iconic transportation system plays a starring role in comics and graphic novels. Drawing on satirical cartoons, comic strips and comic books from the 19th through the 21st centuries, Associate Curator Jodi Shapiro will lead a gallery talk of Underground Heroes: New York Transit in Comics, a raucous ride through New York’s transit system from a range of visual storytellers. The exhibit includes such luminaries as Winsor McCay, Will Eisner, Bill Griffith, Roz Chast, Ronald Wimberly and Julia Wertz whose work demonstrates the influence that mass transit has on the stories that are irrevocably woven into the cultural fabric of New York City.

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