Frank Viva, Toronto-based author and frequent cover artist for The New Yorker, is one of the three artists commissioned by the public works art project known as Artcards for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York.
MTA Arts & Design serves the over 8.7 million people who ride MTA subways daily and strives to create meaningful connections among neighbourhoods, and people. The Artcards are posted in subway cars and remain up for the year.
Frank toys with the idea of a “Sightseeing MTA,” the title for the piece. “In my mind, the changing views that are framed by the windows, transform the city’s trains into a kind of moving art gallery,” he says. The interior of the illustrated train is populated with a mob of Frank’s characteristically asymmetrical and diverse citizenry.