Bill Brand’s Masstransiscope

Sept 10th - Nov 10th, 2022

Court Tree Collective proudly presents Bill Brand's limited edition Masstransiscope print portfolio. For the first time ever all 57 prints will be exhibited, corresponding to the 228 animated “frames” of the artwork in the subway, an iconic part of NYC’s public art history.

Bill Brand installed Masstransiscope in the unused Myrtle Avenue subway station in Brooklyn, New York in September 1980 and has been seen by millions of commuters for over forty years. Masstransiscope turns the subway into a movie machine, presenting a colorful, animated "moving picture" to commuters as the train moves through the tunnel. The images are viewed through a series of vertical slits set into a specially constructed housing built on the principle of the Zoetrope, a 19th century optical toy. Masstransiscope is part of the permanent collection of MTA Arts and Design.

With Bill Brand’s fine art prints Masstransiscope’s images can be enjoyed above ground for their formal and painterly qualities. The prints are carefully executed to evoke the work’s brilliant reflective quality as seen in motion from the train as well as its physical and textural quality when observed as a traditional static image.

Court Tree Collective was established in 2013 by a group of artists and creatives with the primary purpose of representing and supporting the work of emerging and established contemporary artists. Since its opening Court Tree Collective has been a staple to south Brooklyn’s emerging art scene and in a short time has exhibited a number of important exhibitions. In addition they have curated a number of exhibitions at satellite locations throughout the states and abroad.︎



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Gallery Hours

Thurs - Sat 12 - 6pm
Sun 12 - 5pm
*and by appointment

The 36 St subway station {D, N, R, trains} is the nearest one to Industry City in Brooklyn

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