Rush Hour: Art on Over 400 Bus Transfers

You might not realize it, but the Metro Transit transfer pass may actually be just as recognizable as the Grain Belt sign or the State Fair gopher. Printed with blue ink, there's the light rail and bus marching across the top, the blue arrow at the bottom to help new riders properly stick the paper into the slot (they still rarely get it right), and then there's the credit card-like strip on the back that knows how long you've got till it expires. Search your apartment, your wallet, your backpack, or the gutter outside your house and you'll probably find a transfer pass. The five local artists of "Rush Hour" have presumably been riding the bus frequently, since they have created mini, card-sized art on hundreds of transfers. Some have used spray paint, some acrylic, and some have even used fire. Thematically, artists have traveled near and far, drawing inspiration from politics, sex, tattoo art, insanity, and robots. This one-night-only event will feature their work, each on sale for the price of a rush-hour ticket ($2.25), meaning you can collect them as easily as baseball, Pokemon, or Garbage Pail Kids cards. The party also includes short films on topics like public transportation and health care reform from St. Stephens Human Rights Program, as well as music by Samwell Rowan and girl garage-band noisemakers the Vignettes.
Sat., Aug. 29, 7-10 p.m., 2009

 
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