In the City: New York City's 'Underground Art Museum'

Launched in 1985, MTA Arts & Design (originally known as "Arts for Transit and Urban Design") has helped the city and its subway ditch their reputations for being dirty and crime-ridden. Setting aside one percent of the capital budget for every new station or renovation, over the years the MTA has invited over 100 individual artists, from Roy Liechtenstein to Xenobia Bailey, to liven up commutes along the subway system, Long Island Rail Road, and Metro-North Railroad.

It's one of the most ambitious artistic additions to the transit system since the advent of the MTA's nearly 30-year-old station art program. Coinciding with the opening of Fulton Center is the release of: New York's Underground Art Museum (Book), by Sandra Bloodworth and William Ayres.

by Mark Byrnes 

Learn More: MTA.art

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