The newly updated Second Avenue Subway Station in New York City features dozens of mosaic portraits by a local artist representing a multiculturalist’s utopia. As rail passengers exit the trains, they will come face to face with people of all stripes.
Excited to show off the new officially sanctioned art was New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who posted a “sneak peek” on Facebook in the week before the unveiling. He began with a picture of a homosexual couple which “is said to be the first permanent LGBT public art in all of New York.”
The governor included a link to his Flickr page where he posted pictures of some of the other murals, featuring different workers, jobs, couples, and faces. There is one of a police officer, though he looks a bit disheveled and is eating a popsicle. Let’s say it doesn’t look like a noble occupation as represented, but so go the subtleties of “art.”
The artist, Muniz, said his work is supposed to be “just people you would expect to see. You would expect to see men holding hands.”
One Indian-American woman, pictured in the headline photo, was very excited to see a woman of South Asian descent wearing a traditional sari.
"I don't think I've ever come across subway art before that makes me feel so seen," the woman said in tears. "This woman could be my aunt, she could be my cousin."
"There is no feeling quite like seeing yourself cemented into the infrastructure of New York," she added. "It lets me know that my city loves me."
But what attempt at liberal piousness would be complete without a few complaints that the murals weren’t inclusive enough? Cue the male couple holding hands. According to Mic, one of them said there aren’t “nearly enough people of color,” and there should have been “more representations of gender.”
Man (or Woman... or other gender fluidities/identities/non-identities), liberalism is hard.