For Stony Brook University students, faculty, and staff, getting to Manhattan has always been (luckily) just a train ride away. And, with an LIRR station on the campus itself, getting to that train has been just as easy—one needs to only roll out of bed, really. This February, however, Stony Brook didn’t even have to make the trip—Manhattan came to us. That’s right—Times Square, Manhattan (or rather its art), previously 60-odd miles away from campus, is now conveniently (but not permanently) located in Stony Brook University’s very own SAC gallery.
Behold: Times Square Times: 35 Times, by Toby Buonagurio.
Installed into the 800 ft. of passageways of the Times Square-42nd ST station in 2005, Times Square Times: 35 Times is a set of 35 colorful ceramic plaques, each one deeply—and certainly shiningly—evocative of New York City street life. Powerfully vibrant, beautifully well-rendered, the plaques of Times Square Times capture with unbelievable precision the exuberance, color, and energy of New York City. The artist, Toby Buonagurio, is a senior professor in the Art Department here at Stony Brook University, where she has headed the ceramic sculpture program for almost four decades (fun fact: she also created the ceramic butterflies that decorate the Simons center lobby).
To celebrate Professor Buonagurio’s art collection, the SAC Art Gallery threw a reception on Thursday, February 6th, from 5:00-8:00pm, complete with (of course) New York City hotdogs and pretzels!
This post goes out to Professor Buonagurio for bringing Stony Brook University closer to New York City—literally!