Bill Brand's Masstransiscope
If you have ever taken the B or Q train into Manhattan it's impossible to miss Bill Brand's Masstransiscope. It moves fast, but if you look you will see this wonderful colorful animation. You will almost always notice someone, usually a tourist seeing it for the first time. The reactions are priceless. It is largely considered one of New York City's greatest public works. He designed and created the images in his Tribeca studio in 1980 where he restored the piece 33 years later. It is still there today, so hop on the train and see it for yourself! He is a multi-disciplinary artist whose films, public artwork, installations and works-on-paper have exhibited worldwide in museums, galleries microcinemas and on television. His 1980 Masstransiscope, an animated mural installed in the New York City subway, is in the MTA Arts and Design permanent collection.
Bill Brand’s artwork has been featured at Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum, Smithsonian American Art Museum, National Gallery of Art, Anthology Film Archive and Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art. He is represented by Galerie Arnaud Lefebvre, Paris. His films have been presented at major film festivals including the Berlin Film Festival, New Directors/ New Films Festival, Tribeca Film Festival and Rotterdam Film Festival.
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