‘MTA Arts & Design: NYC’s Great Underground Art Museum’ Webinar

While New Yorkers often describe their subway system in less flattering terms like “broken escalators” or “Pizza Rat,” did you know that it contains a first-rate art museum comprised of works created in mosaic, terra cotta, bronze, glass, and mixed-media sculpture? It’s time to explore the underground MTA subway stations throughout the five boroughs, and the commissioned art pieces that make it one of the greatest free art galleries in the world.

Join New York Adventure Club as we get up close and personal with a selection of incredible art pieces created for the MTA Arts & Design, a program which has commissioned over 300 leading artists from near and far to create original, site-specific permanent artworks for New York City subway stations since 1985.

Led by Sylvia Laudien-Meo — art historian, museum educator, and NYC tour guide — this virtual journey around NYC’s subway systems will include:

  • brief history of the MTA Arts & Designs
  • look at some of the most outstanding artworks in the NYC subway system, with a focus on those that celebrate the diversity of our city
  • Stories behind some of the celebrities presented and the concepts behind the art pieces ranging from great mosaics, tile, windows, and metal works
  • An explanation of the process and collaborations behind the creation of the works
  • A discussion around the artist’s specific project for the MTA as well as some of their other significant artworks

Afterward, we’ll have a Q&A with Sylvia — any and all questions about subway art are welcomed and encouraged!

See you there, virtually! $10.

*Immediately upon registering, you will receive a separate, automated email containing the link to join this webinar

**For the best possible viewing experience, please ensure you’re using the latest version of your internet browser — Google Chrome is the most compatible. Exact technical requirements and a webinar user guide will be shared in the automated confirmation email upon registration.

***A full replay of the experience will be available to all registered guests for up to a week

About Sylvia

Sylvia Laudien-Meo is a freelance Art Historian who works in and around the city in various capacities, specializing on Modern and Contemporary art, with a strong focus on Public Art. She teaches art history at Fairleigh Dickinson University and has been working as a museum educator at MoMA, the Guggenheim and the Jewish Museum for over many years, engaging visitors in conversation based, interactive art experiences of permanent collections and changing exhibitions.

For the Municipal Art Society, UFT, Brandeis Univ., and private clients, she has been touring the city for over 20 years, exploring art and architecture, parks, neighborhoods and history. Working in various different capacities gives her a unique opportunity to make intriguing connections and weave together the complex perspectives that make out the tapestry of our fascinating city.

SLM holds a Masters Degree in Art History (with minors in History and American Studies) from the Joh. Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany, as well as a Tourism degree from the EST in Paris France.











When: Wed., July 1, 2020 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

While New Yorkers often describe their subway system in less flattering terms like “broken escalators” or “Pizza Rat,” did you know that it contains a first-rate art museum comprised of works created in mosaic, terra cotta, bronze, glass, and mixed-media sculpture? It’s time to explore the underground MTA subway stations throughout the five boroughs, and the commissioned art pieces that make it one of the greatest free art galleries in the world.

Join New York Adventure Club as we get up close and personal with a selection of incredible art pieces created for the MTA Arts & Design, a program which has commissioned over 300 leading artists from near and far to create original, site-specific permanent artworks for New York City subway stations since 1985.

Led by Sylvia Laudien-Meo — art historian, museum educator, and NYC tour guide — this virtual journey around NYC’s subway systems will include:

  • brief history of the MTA Arts & Designs
  • look at some of the most outstanding artworks in the NYC subway system, with a focus on those that celebrate the diversity of our city
  • Stories behind some of the celebrities presented and the concepts behind the art pieces ranging from great mosaics, tile, windows, and metal works
  • An explanation of the process and collaborations behind the creation of the works
  • A discussion around the artist’s specific project for the MTA as well as some of their other significant artworks

Afterward, we’ll have a Q&A with Sylvia — any and all questions about subway art are welcomed and encouraged!

See you there, virtually! $10.

*Immediately upon registering, you will receive a separate, automated email containing the link to join this webinar

**For the best possible viewing experience, please ensure you’re using the latest version of your internet browser — Google Chrome is the most compatible. Exact technical requirements and a webinar user guide will be shared in the automated confirmation email upon registration.

***A full replay of the experience will be available to all registered guests for up to a week

About Sylvia

Sylvia Laudien-Meo is a freelance Art Historian who works in and around the city in various capacities, specializing on Modern and Contemporary art, with a strong focus on Public Art. She teaches art history at Fairleigh Dickinson University and has been working as a museum educator at MoMA, the Guggenheim and the Jewish Museum for over many years, engaging visitors in conversation based, interactive art experiences of permanent collections and changing exhibitions.

For the Municipal Art Society, UFT, Brandeis Univ., and private clients, she has been touring the city for over 20 years, exploring art and architecture, parks, neighborhoods and history. Working in various different capacities gives her a unique opportunity to make intriguing connections and weave together the complex perspectives that make out the tapestry of our fascinating city.

SLM holds a Masters Degree in Art History (with minors in History and American Studies) from the Joh. Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany, as well as a Tourism degree from the EST in Paris France.

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