Subway service sucks and will soon get more expensive, but at least at the Atlantic and Pacific subway stops in Brooklyn it will be, briefly, prettier. The MTA is sticking reproductions of Museum of Modern Art masterpieces to the walls, columns, and turnstiles as a MOMA promotion. “24 hours a day, 7 days a week,” the website tells us, “walk through the station to see images of works by Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, Charles Eames, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol, and many other great artists, filmmakers, and designers.” You can even download an audio guide for your iPod; the housebound may enjoy the Flickr set.
Of course, in New York and particularly in the subway, no such blessing comes unmixed. A commenter at Second Avenue Sagas asks, “And their plan from keeping the artwork free of sharpie markings and rippings is…?” The Brooklyn Paper takes a grousing local angle that the “museum’s desperate attempt to attract local visitors to pay its hefty $20 Gaphattan admission price” and even “declaration of war by its younger, wealthier Manhattan cousin,” the Brooklyn Museum.