Union Station stands at the site of Los Angeles’ original Chinatown. This once vibrant community of families, businesses, and associations with roots going back to the middle of the 19th century was a place where residents persisted, grew rapidly, and thrived. Where You Stand: Chinatown 1880 to 1939 invites participants into the center of the vibrant community through a multi-dimensional experience. Installed in the Union Station Waiting Room Gallery, view the exhibits’ historic photographs, listen to oral history recordings, and use augmented reality to see artifact materials superimposed within locations around Union Station. Audiences can explore the site’s historic layers, formerly a collection of alleyways, streets, and buildings, and home to thousands of Chinese residents in the late 19th to early 20th century Los Angeles.
Here: Arts and Culture Along the K is a companion publication to the multimedia art exhibition showcasing the Metro Art K Line art program at the Museum of African American Art at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza.
On view October 7 – December 30, 2023
Join Metro Art commissioned artist Gala Porras-Kim on Saturday, August 12th, for a tour of her exhibition, The weight of a patina of time, at The Fowler Museum at UCLA, next to the future Westwood/UCLA Station.
This tour reached capacity within 48 hours! An additional tour will be offered this summer–details to be announced. While the Pacific Electric Railway’s Red Cars are one of the best-known fixtures of Los Angeles rail history, whose name evokes trolley trips to the beaches or mountains for Angeleno history buffs, the Yellow Cars of the Los Angeles Railway Corporation (or LARy) were equally important. Featuring materials sourced from the Metro Dorothy Peyton Gray Transportation Library and Archive, Metro Art’s exhibition in the Union Station Waiting Room Gallery, The Yellow Car and Los Angeles, offers a fond look back at two foundations of public transit in the region: the Yellow Cars and the transition to LA’s first years of bus service. Together, these early rail and bus lines shaped the Metro system we have today. Learn about the history of the Yellow Cars, how the system connected to Union Station, and the experience of this LA architectural landmark in its early years. This tour will be co-led by Chris Salvano, Digital Resources Librarian in the Metro Dorothy …
ON VIEW THROUGH 2023: Journeys Continued… LA Communities Through the Eyes of Artists builds on an exhibition presented in 2017 and focuses on neighborhoods and cities within Los Angeles County “through the eyes of artists.” Local artists capture the look and feel of each community from a personal perspective, highlighting special, surprising and/or lesser-known facets of that place. Neighborhood parks, street food vendors, family bicycle rides and local landmarks along daily commutes are among the subjects for these distinctive works of art.
The Yellow Car and Los Angeles, an original exhibition organized by Metro Art and featuring materials sourced from Metro’s Dorothy Peyton Gray Transportation Library and Archive, highlights the Yellow Cars of Los Angeles Railway Corporation (or LARy, for short) and LA’s early buses to offer a fond look back at Los Angeles transit history. Together, these early rail and bus lines are the foundations which shaped the transit system Metro is restoring today.