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Why Is The Building Blue? with Ken Nochimson

lluminated Station M.T.A. Art-in-Transit commission in 2005 by Anita Thacher at the East End Seaport Museum (Greenport Long Island Railroad Station)

lluminated Station M.T.A. Art-in-Transit commission in 2005 by Anita Thacher at the East End Seaport Museum (Greenport Long Island Railroad Station)

Anyone who has been near our museum after dark has probably noticed the unusual lighting effect on and around the building—the roof outlined in cobalt blue, the darker blue floodlights under the eaves, projected images in green on the roof, and a yellow glow coming from behind the shades inside the museum.

But what you may not know is that it’s actually a permanent art exhibit with an interesting history called Illuminated Station by renowned artist Anita Thacher, who passed away in 2017.

Her films, installations, paintings and sculpture are in public collections that include the Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum, Getty Museum, the Guggenheim Museum, and Cinematheque Francaise among others. Anita’s work is represented by Microscope Gallery in Brooklyn, New York.

On Friday, September 6th, Anita’s husband, Ken Nochimson, will share the fascinating story of how Illuminated Station was conceived and the relationship to her other work. Ken will explain the challenges involved in completing the project, the meaning behind the art exhibit, and the unusual agreement between the MTA, the artist, and the museum that will ensure it will continue to shine for generations to come. Ken will show images of Anita’s other work to provide a context for Illuminated Station.