Stunning images of shepherds washing their horses in the healing water of 35 celcius in Budakli village of Bitlis, Turkey.
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Tracking time by the sun’s rays is the focus of Penelope Umbrico’s work as she amasses variations of one of the most recognizable images of the Terminal – light streaming through the windows and pooling on the Main Concourse floor, frequently referred to as the Grand Central “sun rays.” Umbrico made 512 C-prints of five different images, all found on various websites selling posters, postcards, “vintage” prints, and photographs. The repetition of the exact same image file on multiple sites, as well as the variations in treatment such as cropping, flipping, graphic framing, color filters and “watermarks,” creates a wholly new composition that prompts the viewer to take a closer look at how photography, memory and image making are joined and indexed. Her artwork, titled by the citation of each image, is currently on view in our exhibition, ON TIME/Grand Central at 100 in the NYT Museum Gallery in Grand Central Terminal.
Sunlight streams through the windows in the concourse at Grand Central Terminal in New York City in 1954. (AP Photo)
Penelope Umbrico, Five Photographs of Rays of Sunlight in Grand Central Station, Grand Central Terminal, 1903-1913, 1920, 1926, 1928, 1929, 1934, 1937, 1940, 1930-1940, 1935-1941, 1947, or 2010 by John Collier, Philip Gendreau Herbert, Edward Hulton…, 2013.
Artist Penelope Umbrico in front of her artwork.
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ADVERTISING ALONG THE WALLS OF A SUBWAY PLATFORM ON THE LEXINGTON AVENUE LINE HAS BEEN DEFACED WITH GRAFFITI: 04/1974 (NARA)
“Our clocks keep track, ticking past seconds, minutes, hours, days. In Grand Central, the clock stands sentinel, measuring moments and bearing witness to the millions of people who stream through as we bustle to and from our family, our work, our passions, our lives,” said curator Amy Hausmann, Deputy Director, MTA Arts for Transit, in describing the inspiration for ON TIME/Grand Central at 100. “Grand Central is a place where past, present and future come together. The artists are thinking about a sense of time, bending it and exploring what this mythic and romantic place means to us.” See it for yourself! On view at the New York Transit Museum Gallery at Grand Central through Sunday, July 7. Get your own copy of this poster here!