A look at Moynihan Train Hall, a reimagined public space and a source of civic pride to New Yorkers, and works commissioned for the site by New York State in partnership with Public Art Fund. Artworks featured include photographic panels in the Ticketed Waiting Room by Stan Douglas, as well as ceiling installations by Kehinde Wiley, and by artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset.

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ON OUR PROGRAM TONIGHT, WE'LL VISIT THE NEW MOYNIHAN TRAIN HALL, A VISIONARY TRANSFORMATION OF THE NATION'S BUSIEST TRANSPORTATION HUB.

LOCATED ACROSS FROM PENN STATION, THE HALL IS NAMED AFTER SENATOR PATRICK MOYNIHAN WHO FIRST PROMOTED THE IDEA TO RESTORE TO THE AREA OF FORMER GLORY OF THE ORIGINAL PENNSYLVANIA STATION, DEMOLISHED IN THE EARLY 1960s TO MAKE WAY FOR MADISON SQUARE GARDEN.

THE 1914 JAMES FARLEY POST OFFICE IS THE ARCHITECTURAL SISTER TO THE OLD PENN STATION, ALSO DESIGNED BY MEADE AND WHITE.

IT HAS BEEN CONVERTED INTO A STATE-OF-THE-ART 21st CENTURY TRANSIT CENTER FOR LONG ISLAND RAILROAD AND AMTRAK PASSENGERS, AND A GRAND PUBLIC SPACE AND SOURCE OF CIVIC PRIDE FOR ALL NEW YORKERS ALREADY.

THREE INSTALLATIONS WERE COMMISSIONED FOR THE SITE BY NEW YORK STATE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH PUBLIC ART FUND.

IN THE TICKETED WAITING ROOM ADJACENT TO THE MAIN CONCOURSE, STAN DOUGLAS' PHOTOGRAPHIC PANEL S IMAGINATIVELY PAY TRIBUTE TO THE ORIGINAL PENN STATION.

AT THE MID-BLOCK ENTRANCES AT 33rd AND 35th STREETS COLORFUL CEILING INSTALLATIONS BY ARTISTIC DUO ELMGREEN AND DRAGSFAT WELCOME EVERYONE TO THE STATION.

THESE PUBLIC ARTWORKS MAKE MOYNIHAN TRAIN HALL A DESTINATION IN ITS OWN RIGHT, WHETHER OR NOT YOU ARE CATCHING A TRAIN.

NICHOLAS BAUM, DIRECTOR AND CHIEF CURATOR OF PUBLIC ART FUND, TELLS US ABOUT THE ARTISTS AND ARTWORKS SELECTED FOR THE PROJECT.

IT WAS IMPORTANT TO ALL OF US THAT THE ARTWORKS COMMISSIONED FOR THIS WONDERFUL NEW CIVIC LANDMARK WOULD REALLY EXPRESS SOMETHING ABOUT WHERE, WHO, AND WHAT WE ARE.

NEW YORK CITY IS A VIBRANT, OPEN, DEMOCRATIC PLACE.

AND WE WANTED TO REFLECT THAT.

WE WANTED TO REFLECT THE FACT THAT THIS BUILDING BRINGS TOGETHER SO MANY LAYERS OF THE PAST, THE PRESENT, AND THE FUTURE.

AND EACH ARTIST COULD, THROUGH THEIR OWN CREATIVE IMAGINATION, CAPTURE SOMETHING UNIQUE ABOUT THAT.

STAN DOUGLAS HAS CREATED A WORK THAT HE'S CALLED PENN STATION'S HALF CENTURY.

BECAUSE THE ORIGINAL PENN STATION REALLY ONLY EXISTED FOR A HALF CENTURY.

IT WAS AN ICONIC NEW YORK CITY LANDMARK, A MAGNIFICENT BOZAR BUILDING DESIGNED BY MCKIN, MEADE, AND WHITE THAT WAS TRAGICALLY DEMOLISHED.

STAN HAS RECREATED THE INTERIOR OF THE ORIGINAL PENN STATION AND THEN PHOTOGRAPHED PERFORMANCE DRESSED IN PERIOD COSTUME, RE-ENACTING STAN'S OWN REIMAGINATION OF EVENTS THAT HAPPENED.

WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE MOMENTS THAT STAN SHOWS, THEY'RE NOT NECESSARILY WORLD-CHANGING EVENTS.

IT'S MORE QUIRKY MOMENTS THAT MEANT SOMETHING, THAT EXPRESSED THE WAY PENN STATION FUNCTIONED IN THE LIFE OF NEW YORK CITY.

IT WAS A PLACE WHERE THINGS HAPPENED, LIKE AN IMPROMPTU VAUDEVILLE SHOW WHEN PERFORMERS WERE STRANDED HERE OVERNIGHT IN A SNOWSTORM.

OR THE TENDER MOMENTS OF GOOD-BYES WHEN SERVICEMEN WERE GOING OFF TO WAR.

STAN'S WORK FEATURES A NUMBER OF AMAZING PEOPLE, BUT WHO HAVE BEEN LARGELY FORGOTTEN.

EXTRAORDINARY PERFORMERS LIKE BURT WILLIAMS, PIONEERING LABOR ORGANIZERS LIKE ANGELO HERNDON, EVEN A NOTORIOUS CRIMINAL LIKE CECILIO COONEY, THE BOBBED-HAIR BANDIT, STAN HAS REMINDED US ABOUT AND PRESERVED FOR ALL OF US TO UNDERSTAND MORE ABOUT WHAT SHAPED WHO WE ARE TODAY.

WHERE THE WORKS GO IN A SENSE BRINGS A TREMENDOUS ENERGY AND VITALITY TO A CLASSICAL GENRE.

THE RENAISSANCE-STYLE CEILING FRESCO WHICH KAHINDE HAS REINVENTED AS A CONTEMPORARY STAINED GLASS CEILING.

SO IN ANOTHER WAY IT BRINGS TOGETHER THESE IDEAS OF THE PAST, THE PRESENT, AND THE FUTURE.

BECAUSE WHILE IT GESTURES TO ART HISTORY, HIS CHARACTERS ARE CONTEMPORARY NEW YORKERS.

BREAK DANCERS.

PEOPLE WHO ARE ACTUALLY PERFORMING EXTRAORDINARY ACROBATIC, ATHLETIC, CREATIVE GESTURES.

AND AN ART FORM THAT WAS INVENTED IN NEW YORK CITY.

AND THAT WE SEE THESE BLACK BODIES TUMBLING THROUGH SPACE AND FLOATING THROUGH THE AIR.

THUNGREN AND DRAGFORD HAVE CREATED A WORK THEY CALL 'THE HIGHS.'

A SCULPTURE THAT HANGS DOWN FROM THE CEILING COMPRISED OF DOZENS OF HIGH-RISE BUILDINGS OF ALL SHAPES AND SIZES.

WHEN YOU LOOK AT IT YOU START TO THINK, WAIT A MINUTE, I RECOGNIZE THAT BUILDING, THAT LOOKS LIKE THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING.

OR, DIDN'T I SEE THAT IN LONDON?

OR HONG KONG?

THEY'VE BEEN INSPIRED BY BUILDINGS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD, AS WELL AS THEIR OWN ARCHITECTURAL INVENTIONS.

I THINK THE ARTISTS CHOSE TO CALL IT 'THE HIGHS' BECAUSE THEY REALLY LOVED THE IDEA OF THE WAY THE CONTEMPORARY MEGA-CITY IS SOMEHOW LIKE A BEEHIVE.

A GROWING, EVOLVING, COMPLEX STRUCTURE.

AND I THINK FOR THEM, A TRAIN STATION AND THE IDEA OF TRAVEL AND EVEN THE IDEA OF NEW YORK CITY IS ABOUT CONNECTIONS.

AND THE ENERGY THAT'S CREATED WHEN PEOPLE COME TOGETHER.

WHAT IS IT THAT TRANSFORMS A PUBLIC SPACE INTO A TRULY CIVIC SPACE?

WHAT IS IT THAT CAPTURES THE SPIRIT OF NEW YORK CITY?

THERE'S NO WAY TO SIMPLY ILLUSTRATE THAT.

BUT A GREAT ARTIST CAN, THROUGH THEIR IMAGINATIVE VISION, THROUGH THEIR CREATIVITY, CREATE SOMETHING THAT DOES CAPTURE SOMETHING ABOUT WHAT IT IS TO BE ALIVE TODAY.

BUT SOMETHING THAT CAN ALSO TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT THE PAST AND SOMETHING ABOUT THE FUTURE.

AND THAT CAN EXIST FOR GENERATIONS TO COME.