Transit Museum Exhibit Honors Late MTA Artist

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A new art exhibit at the Transit Museum will honor the work and spirit of Marvin Franklin, an MTA construction worker and artist who died in the line of duty this past April. The exhibit features watercolors, oil paintings, and ballpoint pen sketches of subway riders that Franklin drew while commuting on the F train to and from his MTA post.

The 55-year-old Franklin had logged 22 years of service with the MTA and was just three years short of retirement when he was struck by a train on April 29th during his regular night shift. Franklin had been a passionate artist by day and used his commute time to amass a considerable collection of drawings. He focused on fellow commuters, rendering everyone from tired mothers with their children to folks who were reading or sleeping to homeless people. 
"The Art of Marvin Franklin" will be on display at the New York Transit Museum at the corner of Boreum Place and Schermerhorn Street from December 18th through March 30, 2008. 
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  • Cranky

    God what a sad story. He was talented. What a shame.

  • musei milano

    Great tribute. I agree with the above post… it was a sad loss.