“Times Square Times: 35 Times” at SAC Gallery January 27 to February 20

Top, left to right: “Tourist Lady with Subway Map,” “Child with Hotdog Vendor,” “Subway Scene.” Bottom, left to right: “New Year’s Eve Party Dec. 31,” “Magic Show,” “Theater Mask-Female-Comedy” (Artwork © 2005 Toby Buonagurio, Photography © 2005 Toby Buonagurio and Edgar Buonagurio)

The Student Activities Center (SAC) Art Gallery at Stony Brook University will feature photographs of unique ceramic reliefs created by sculptor Toby Buonagurio, a professor in the Department of Art at Stony Brook. “Times Square Times: 35 Times” includes high definition photographs of Buonagurio’s 35 ceramic reliefs that are permanently installed in the Times Square 42nd Street Subway Station in New York City; the project was commissioned by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Arts for Transit and Urban Design.

The photographs capture the vibrancy, energy and high-octane color (in one-to-one scale) with Buonagurio’s ceramic reliefs installed throughout the glass block walls of the Times Square Station. The ceramic works are mounted in custom light boxes and are on view in the Seventh Avenue, Broadway, and 41st and 42nd Street mezzanine passages in the Station. Her work is viewed by more than half a million subway riders daily.

Buonagurio designed and fabricated the ceramic reliefs as composite images depicting aspects of the iconic Times Square 42nd Street area. She utilized imagery related to themes of fashion, street life and performing arts, filtered through her flamboyant esthetic and use of tongue-in-cheek humor, cliche and irony.

“Times Square Times: 35 Times” at the SAC Gallery is the first presentation of all 35 images outside of Times Square Station.

Buonagurio has headed the ceramic sculpture program at Stony Brook University for almost four decades. Her work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and abroad in 25 solo shows and more than 200 group exhibitions worldwide. Her ceramic sculpture has been written about extensively and is included in numerous public and private collections, including the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics at Stony Brook.

Toby Buonagurio in the 42nd Street Subway.

A reception will take place on Thursday, February 6, from 5 pm to 8 pm. Buonagurio will give a talk on Wednesday, February 12, from 1 pm to 2:20 pm.

SAC Gallery hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 1 pm to 6 pm and Wednesday from 12 pm to 8 pm. For more information, please contact Janice Costanzo, gallery director, at (631) 632- 6822 or janice.costanzo@stonybrook.edu.

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