Station to Station: A Nomadic Happening, an artist-driven public art project made possible by the Levi’s brand, is the newest project from artist Doug Aitken and came to an end at September 28.
Station to Station was made with the intention to be a platform for artistic experimentation that connects artists, musicians, and cultural icons with diverse communities for a series of interventions and site-specific happenings.
Over the course of three weeks in September, a train travelled from the Atlantic to the Pacific, making nine stops along the way in New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Minnesota, New Mexico, Arizona, and California, each time for a one-night only live experience.
In addition to being a party bus on rails, Station to Station aims to be, as Aitken puts it, a “cultural activator.”
“This really came out of a kind of restlessness, the feeling that art forms are too often segregated, music played in the same clubs and art shown in the same galleries and museums,” Mr. Aitken said in an interview with the New York Times. “I felt like we needed to experiment with a new model. Maybe it’s naive or maybe it’s utopian but the question is, ‘Can there be a kind of planet of voices that can exist, at least for a short time, when something like this happens?’ ”
All funds from ticket sales will go to support non-traditional programming at nine partner museums around the country., ranging from MoMA PS1, Carnegie Museum of Art and the Walker Art Center, among many others.
About the artist:
Doug Aitken was born in California in 1968. He lives and works in Los Angeles and New York. Widely known for his innovative fine art installations, Doug Aitken is at the forefront of 21st century communication.
Aitken’s body of work ranges from photography, sculpture, and architectural interventions, to films, sound, single and multi-channel video works, and installations. His work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions around the world, in such institutions as the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, the Vienna Secession, the Serpentine Gallery in London and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.