Celebrating a defunct facet of Rochester history, the New York Museum of Transportation (6393 East River Road, Rush) presents a collection of works by Tom Kirn, a Rochester-native who captures the story of the subway system through both photos and illustrations.
The Rochester Subway, which ran from 1927 to 1956 and forged from an abandoned portion of the Erie Canal, has fallen into a state of decay since its closing. Once a symbol of the blossoming wealth in Rochester, the subway today stands as a haven both for graffiti art as well as a sizable portion of Rochester's homeless population. Kirn, who grew up feeling the vibrations in his bedroom window as the trolley cars rolled by, aims at not only capturing the history of the subway in his collection, but also the emotions and nostalgia gathered from his memories of the subway system. As city officials continue with the arduous task of deciding what to do with the tunnels, the Kirn's art offers a chance to see what the Rochester subway means to a Rochestarian, and how pivotal this webbing of concrete caverns is to his memory and identity.
Tom Kirn's artwork can be seen at the NYMT on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors over 65, and $6 for youths under 12. For more information, visit nymtmuseum.org.