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Regardless of how you feel about the MTA, MetroCards are, for most people, an inescapable part of New York City life. And while many of us relegate our MetroCards to the bottom of a bag or wallet, an exhibition opening this weekend in the Meatpacking District will make you see your MetroCard more for form than function.

"Single Fare," on view at the Highline Stages on Saturday and Sunday, will showcase works of art featuring the humble yellow subway pass. The exhibition, which is now in its fourth run, was created by Jean-Pierre Roy and Michael Kagan, both graduates of the New York Academy of Art.

"The only real constraint was to make a piece of art on or utilizing a MetroCard," Roy told the New York Times. Roy and Kagan received more than 3,000 pieces of art when they put out a call for submissions this summer, and almost all of them will be on display.

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The exhibition will feature art from plenty of native New Yorkers, as well as projects by artists from China and New Zealand. And while the MetroCard medium probably won't be seen on the walls of the MoMa anytime soon, the exhibition's Instagram page demonstrates the wide variety of approaches artists took. Some used the MetroCard as a blank canvas, transforming it into renditions of Botticelli paintings or Warhol prints, while others referenced pop culture or created original works. Other artists worked in tandem with the card, incorporating its design features into their own work.

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The Single Fare Facebook page explains: "Inspired by the notion that the city's subways and buses allow for a kind of creative interchange unmatched in human history, the first 'Single Fare' sought to create a unique art event where art and artists could come together to form a monumental event made from a tiny, innocuous piece of plastic: The MetroCard!"

"Single Fare" runs from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday at Highline Stages, 440 West 15th Street.