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Get on the Bus

A gallery exhibition presented by CITY|SPACE.

Click HERE to view the invitation.

Click HERE to view the trailer.

Click HERE to view pictures from opening night, June 16th, 2006 and the Bus on Film evening, June 23rd, 2006.

Click HERE to see an article on the show and on CITY|SPACE that appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle on June 22nd, 2006.

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Copyright: © 2006 CITY|SPACE

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The Exhibition:
On June 16th to July 2nd, 2006 CITY|SPACE presented "Get on the Bus," a reconsideration of the experience, culture, and meaning of our nation's least-loved transit mode. Stigmatized as the transit of last resort-the realm of the poor, elderly, and infirm-the bus nonetheless moves millions of people every day. On the cutting edge in some cities, marginalized in others, the bus evokes a surprising range of emotions for people, planners, cities and artists. Get on the Bus will begin to illuminate the world of the bus as a ubiquitous but neglected arena of city life.

An open call drew submissions from seven countries. Selected works were drawn from throughout the US, as well as Canada, Mexico, and the UK, and include fine art, documentary photography, lighthearted urban interventions, and a range of film and video projects. In addition innovative, historic, and artistically modified buses were on display at various times during the exhibition. CITY|SPACE worked with local transit agencies, including San Francisco MUNI, AC Transit, and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission on a variety of projects, including the donation of buses to the exhibit.

Get on the Bus was on display at Levin Brothers Warehouse located at 2255 Third Street, in San Francisco's Dogpatch district. This striking 9000 square-foot renovated warehouse space, at the convergence of 3 major bus lines and adjacent to the San Francisco's new Third Street light rail line, was donated for the exhibition by the Martin Building Company, and features a large yard that can accommodate several buses.

A panel discussion, entitled "No F#@*ing Way! Selling America on the Bus," brought together marketing and public relations professionals to consider how bus transit might be creatively re-imagined to broaden its appeal.

A second panel presented with SPUR and entitled the Future of the Bus, considered the rapidly unfolding future of the bus, as Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems and new hybrid and fuel cell technologies alter the landscape of urban transportation.

CITY|SPACE also present an evening of bus-related film, in the spirit of Asphalt Shorts, CITY|SPACE's popular annual festival of short films about cities and urbanism.

An additional component of Get on the Bus was the publication of an anthology entitled "Get on the Bus: Short and True Tales of Bus Travel". The anthology was self-published in conjunction with the exhibition, with copies distributed on buses and at bus stops with exhibition fliers.

Get on the Bus is supported in part by generous grant from the LEF foundation and by the donation of exhibition space by the Martin Building Company.

Dates: June 16 - July 2, 2006
Gallery Hours: Thursday-Sunday, 12pm-7pm
Opening Reception: Friday, June 16, 7pm-12am

The Levin Brothers Warehouse
2255 3rd St. btw. 19th and 20th Streets, San Francisco, California, in the Dogpatch Neighborhood
accessible via the 15 Third Street, 22 Fillmore and 48 Quintara-24 Street bus lines

No F#@*ing Way! Selling America on the Bus - Thursday, June 22, 7:30pm

The Bus on Film: A Film Festival Starring the Bus - Friday, June 23, 7:30pm

Future of the Bus (presented with SPUR - Tuesday, June 27, 7:30pm

Cost: Free - Donations gladly accepted

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