"Heard NY" Invigorates Grand Central Station
On March 25, the front page of New York Times’ Arts section featured a huge, half-page colored image of faculty member Nick Cave’s (Fashion) public art project Heard NY in New York City’s Grand Central Station. Writer Melena Ryzik warns commuters to “Watch Out for the Horses on Your Way to the Train,” as 30 horses dressed in Cave’s animated Soundsuits will occupy Vanderbilt Hall through March 31, unexpectedly “breaking into choreography, set to live percussion, steps from the main concourse.” Cave says his goal was to create a scene worth pausing for. “You’re stopped in your tracks,” he said, “and then you do get on the train and you get home. How do you share this, how do you describe — just imagine, coming into Grand Central and you run into 30 horses? That’s when it becomes this transformative moment.” Online, the Times also features a video of the “Heard” in motion, offering a behind the scenes view of the 60 participating Ailey School dancers in rehearsal.