When it Comes to Female Artists, the MTA has a Better Track Record than NY’s Top Museums
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When it Comes to Female Artists, the MTA has a Better Track Record than NY’s Top Museums

Diane Carr, “Outlook” (2018), Broadway Station on the N, W line in Astoria Queens, laminated glass (photo courtesy Marc A. Hermann / MTA New York City Transit) As an arts institution, how do you build a collection that comes within reach of gender parity? Well, if you’re MTA Arts & Design, you have it figured out, with 48% composed of female artists. This self-described “underground museum” is the organization responsible for the public artworks — mosaics, sculptures, photo light boxes, and more — in hundreds of subway stations across New York City. With roughly 8.7 million riders a day , the MTA serves New York in all its cultural complexity, and as a result its arts-focused arm has a duty to reflect the city’s makeup. But when I asked its director Sandra Bloodworth how they did it, her answer was a surprise: “It just happened,” she said. In an art world now waking up to egregious gender inequality, the “collection” of artist commissions spearheaded by the organization is exceptional in that it is almost half female. Though this statistic is slightly out of step with the city’s population (which was 53% female as of the last census ), it […]

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