The Artists Unite Poster Project, developed in cooperation with the MTA, will present three events showcasing uptown artists whose work has appeared in local subway elevators since 2009. The events are free and open to the public and will include an exhibit of their work, an artists’ talk, and a video of the history of the project. All will take place at Hudson View Gardens Lounge, 128 Pinehurst Ave. at West 183rd Street, (Enter from private driveway off West 183rd St; closest subway is 181 St. stop on the “A” train.)
“Because it is a highly desirable venue, a wide variety of uptown artists compete in contests to have their work chosen and displayed as posters in our subway elevators,” says Rosa Naparstek, Artists Unite Director and Poster Program curator.
The Artists Unite-MTA Poster Project emerged from an eight-year collective effort to bring art into our subway elevators. The original display of personal neighborhood pictures and posters in the elevators at the 181st (184th Street exit) and 190th Street A-Train stations played a vital role in bringing our community together. When they were removed in 2001, it was a profound loss. Residents of Washington Heights immediately collected more than 3,000 signatures to bring the pictures back.
Today, 15 years after the original display was removed, “this unique project has become an uptown treasure” says Naparstek, who is herself a well-regarded artist. The elevator ride from the subway level to the street is long, and the posters allow the space to function like a mini-gallery. “The work is a wonderful array of photographs, paintings, illustrations, and drawings by artists, several of whom are
of world renown,” said Naparstek. The eclectic presentation shows off a variety of esthetics, cultures, and color mirroring the diversity of the neighborhood: artists trace their origins to Russia, the Dominican Republic, Romania, Israel, and China as well as many parts of the US. “This display is appreciated by the community and seen by thousands of tourists who come uptown to visit the Met Cloisters and Fort Tryon Park. This is a way to recognize our artists and bring their art into our daily lives.”
Saturday, June 3, 5-9:30 PM: Video (7:30pm), Silent Auction, Raffle, Art Sale
Sunday, June 4, 12-5:00 PM, Artists’ Talk, Video, Slide Show
Closing Party: Friday, June 9, 6-9 PM