Its not easy to glamorize Amtrak. Riding those dirty, seamy trains
and buses can feel a bit like being squeezed down an intestinal tract.
But one artist, Arnold Levin, has managed to make travel on our
neglected public transport system look adventurous, even classy.
Arrivals and Departures is an exhibit at Palm Beach State College
that features 22 large, black-and-white photos of Levines trip from
New York to West Palm Beach on an Amtrak train. The gallery itself has
been transformed by the colleges theater department into an Amtrak
station, complete with a ticket booth and unspeakably filthy restroom
er, that last part was made up because, lets face it: An
accurate re-creation would need to be peopled with at least a few
menacing junkies and... More >>>