#Penn Station’s Half Century
NEW YORK CITY, USA
To the delight of New Yorkers and commuters alike, Penn Station opened its highly anticipated Moynihan Hall on January 1, 2021. To usher in the new year and the new station, three site-specific art installations were unveiled, including a work by Vancouver-based, multidisciplinary artist Stan Douglas.
Douglas’ series of photographic panels at Moynihan Hall draw upon the histories of Penn Station and New York City by recreating snapshots that occurred at the old station. Through a combination of archival research, digital re-creation, and contemporary photo shoots, Douglas’ Penn Station’s Half Century harks back to the past while also celebrating this new chapter of Penn Station. In close collaboration with Stan Douglas, Public Art Fund, and GGI, UAP assisted with the curtain wall design, material procurement, and installation of this artwork.
22 April 1924 and 7 August 1934, from Penn Station’s Half Century & 1 March 1914 and 2 March 1914, from Penn Station’s Half Century, 2020. Ceramic ink on glass. One of nine photographic panels from Penn Station’s Half Century. Commissioned by Empire State Development in partnership with Public Art Fund for Moynihan Train Hall
©Stan Douglas. Courtesy of the artist, Victoria Miro and David Zwirner.
Photo: Nicholas Knight, courtesy Empire State Development and Public Art Fund, NY