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Online Gallery Talk –
Subway Style: Architecture and Design in the New York City Subway

Conceived over a century ago as a great public work, New York City’s subway system melded innovative engineering with stylish architecture and interior design. Today, the system is such an essential part of city life that it is easy to overlook its design features. Based on an exhibit by the same name, this online gallery talk features photographer Andrew Garn, New York Transit Museum associate curator Carissa Amash, and assistant project manager Dana Zullo discussing images that are part of the Subway Style exhibit. The virtual gallery talk showcases examples of architecture, ceramics, metalwork, lighting, signage and furnishings, and provides some behind-the-scenes insight into the capturing of the images for the exhibit.

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Subway Style

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Online Gallery Talk –
New York’s Forgotten Substations: The Power Behind the Subway

This recorded online session features a gallery talk with Christopher Payne, photographer and author of New York’s Forgotten Substations: The Power Behind the Subway. The recorded webcast is based on an exhibit by the same name now on display in the newly created art gallery on the Museum's mezzanine. Payne discusses his exhibition of photographs of turn-of-the-century power substations that once housed huge mechanical rotary generators that converted standard alternating current (AC) power to the direct current, or DC power, needed to drive New York City’s subway system.

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New York's Forgotten Substations - Book Cover

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Online Gallery Talk –
"The World's Safest Railroad"
How Ivy Lee Promoted New York's Subway System, 1916–1932

Ivy Lee was a noted advertising man who early on worked on promoting the IRT subway. Transit Museum senior curator Charles Sachs and prominent public relations industry veteran Chester Burger talk about those early days of advertising and special promotions created to entice New Yorkers to the new subway system. The launch of this Online Gallery Talk coincided with the exhibition, The World’s Safest Railroad: How Ivy Lee Promoted New York’s Subway System, 1916-1932, which was on view at the Museum’s Grand Central Terminal Gallery Annex during the subway centennial year.

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The Subway Sun

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