15. Past Exhibits at Grand Central

Photograph by Filip Wolak from the Changing Signs, Changing Times: History of Wayfinding in Transit Exhibition by the New York Transit Museum

Although most of the artworks featured in past exhibits are not currently at Grand Central, there were a number of special exhibitions and interactive art installations that offered passengers with fascinating experiences on their daily commutes. In 1948, Filene’s held a fashion show on the balcony of the Main Concourse, and supposedly over a thousand square feet of sand was imported for the fashion show.

French artist Christian Boltanski displayed over 5,000 personal belongings from the terminal’s lost-and-found, which he displayed on metal shelves. And in 2009, four BMW Art Cars were displayed at the terminal, painted by famous artists Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, Roy Lichtenstein, and Robert Rauschenberg respectively. In addition, the New York Transit Museum has regular exhibitions inside the gallery they have in Grand Central.

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