Re: Masstransiscope restoration article in NY Times

From: Robert Schaller (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Jan 01 2009 - 20:51:42 PST

Wonderful, Bill, et al.! It sounds as if it has value beyond the aesthetic
experience of seeing the piece, which is a great thing. I hope I get to see
it some day.

On 1/1/09 3:55 PM, "Bill Brand" <email suppressed> wrote:

> Hi All,
> Today the New York Times published a very nice article about the
> restoration of Masstransiscope, my 1980 moving image public artwork
> in the NYC subway.
> ARTS / ART & DESIGN | January 01, 2009
> <>
> Attention Passengers! To Your Right, This Trip Is About to Become
> Trippy
> After two decades of neglect, Masstransiscope - an unusual piece of
> art that is part painting, part movie, part conceptual experiment -
> is once again playing to audiences on Manhattan-bound Q and B trains.
> The restoration effort began with the 2004 Minneapolis AMIA
> conference panel "Fixing the Moment" Preserving Expanded Cinema"
> organized by Andrew Lampert and Steve Polta. I was subsequently
> prodded and encouraged by archivists Molly Wheeler, Carey Strumm,
> The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, and NYU-MIAP students and
> colleagues especially Natalia Fidelholtz and Howard Besser. More
> recently I was assisted by Alice Moscoso and Miwa Yokoyama. I can
> add to this list many FRAMEWORKS members who kept the memory of
> Masstransiscope alive even as it existed only in its decayed tunnel
> obscurity.
> It was wonderful to see the workers at ShelterExpress/MetroClean and
> MTA transform from graffiti cleaners into art restorers. Their
> genuine interest and careful labor is very appreciated. Also thanks
> to MTA Arts for Transit and MTA Station Maintenance.
> Thanks to all. Happy New Year!
> - Bill

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