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mercial art and graphic design, as well as modern architecture, to establish a corporate identity for the London Underground. In the process, he commissioned the best artists and designers in the country to create posters promoting the use of public transportation, works now tout- ed as “one of the world’s great- est graphic arts collections.” New York’s Metropolitan Tran- sit Authority credits the Under- ground poster program for in- spiring the MTA’s Arts for Transit’s own popular poster program in New York.


Shown here is Eric Henri Kennington’s Seeing It Through; Station Woman, executed in 1944 to celebrate the work of London Transport staff during World War II. Kennington was an Official War Artist, and, ac- cording to the London Trans- port Museum, “was more accus- tomed


to servicemen


painting than


rugged civilian


women in make-up. In response to criticism that he had painted an ‘Egyptian Mummy’, he re- marked ‘that’s exactly what she turned herself into’.”


The exhibit runs through Ju-


ERIC HENRI KENNINGTON, SEEING IT THROUGH; STATION WOMAN, 1944, © TFL FROM THE LONDON TRANSPORT MUSEUM COLLECTION


ruary at the New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex at Grand Central Terminal. In it, over 50 original artworks from the London Underground’s acclaimed poster program are on display for the first time in the United States. The Underground’s poster program was the brainchild of leg- endary Frank Pick, who joined the Under- ground Electric Railways Company of Lon- don as a British transport administrator in 1906, and rose to become the company’s CEO in 1926. One of Pick’s enduring achievements was his use of striking com-


ly 8, 2012. The Gallery Annex is located just off the Main Con- course in the Shuttle Passage, next to the Station Master’s office. It is open to the pub- lic Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.mta.info/mta/museum/ or call 212/878-0106 during business hours. California State Railroad Museum: An exhibit that does connect art and dining is CSRM’s Pick Me! Fruit Crate Art & the Cal- ifornia Dream. This interesting juxtaposi- tion puts 80 newly exhibited iconic fruit crate art labels from the 1880s through the


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