Art Everywhere US is billed as “the largest outdoor art show ever conceived” and what better place to launch this nationwide cultural extravaganza then in Times Square starting today, August 4. The event features 58 famous works from five participating museums — New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Dallas Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art — that will light up the billboards throughout “the crossroads of America.”
For the next four weeks the works will appear on over 50,000 displays in all 50 states, expanding the role of public art on a grand scale and allowing access for people who may not normally be able to visit a museum. The Whitney Museum, which has a number of signature pieces in the selection including The Subway, has played a “key role” in the recognition of American art throughout the world, says New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. He adds, “I join my counterparts in cities across the US in applauding this unique partnership that will allow these great works of art to reach an even broader audience in public spaces.”
Art Everywhere US debuts in Times Square today, August 4, 2014 and is displayed across the country through August 31, 2014.