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One of the earliest works of non-graffiti to consider graffiti as an art form is Manfred Kirchheimer's 1981 film Stations of the Elevated, which opens today at BAM and will run through October 23. Filmed in the late 1970s on 16mm color reversal film, its 45 minutes are a gentle, lyrical meditation on the way the city used to look and feel, with brightly painted train cars rolling back and forth across the screen...
If you've seen the documentary Helvetica, you're familiar with the high-concept fontscape of New York City's subway system. If you've seen the documentary Helvetica more than once, you're a stronger person than most. Two such fontophiles have started a Kickstarter campaign to create a full-size ("huge") reissue of the New York City Transit Authority's Graphics Standards Manual, originally created in 1970, and at the rate it's going, it may actually happen. The two men behind the Kickstarter...

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