Artists are turning MetroCards into tiny masterpieces

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They won’t get you on the subway, but these MetroCards are works of art. Literally.

More than 7,000 miniature masterpieces are for sale at this weekend’s pop-up art show “Single Fare.” Each is priced at $115, $45 of which helps fund scholarships at the New York Academy of Art.

That’s where Jean-Pierre Roy and Michael Kagan dreamed up the show seven years ago: One of their students, assigned to make a “tiny painting” but too sick to go shopping for supplies, painted her self-portrait on an expired MetroCard she found in her apartment.

This year’s edition, the fourth, is the largest and most eclectic show yet, with works both by high-schoolers and such established talents as John Alexander and Margaret Bowland, whose regular pieces routinely fetch more than $100,000. Among the most ambitious: a MetroCard that’s been turned into a video installation, complete with a tiny screen and headphone jack, and 12 “Game of Thrones”-themed cards.

All told, these MetroCards will take you a lot further than, say, 241st Street in The Bronx!

Saturday and Sunday, Highline Stages, 441 W. 14th St.; NYAA.edu/SingleFare4

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Jean-Pierre Roy/Courtesy the New York Academy of Art

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Adam Lupton/Courtesy the New York Academy of Art

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Steff Murzo/Courtesy the New York Academy of Art

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Dina Brodsky/Courtesy the New York Academy of Art

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Stephanie Tartick/Courtesy the New York Academy of Art




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