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Metro Art Presents: KJazz Tracks at Union Station

Grammy-nominated musician, emcee, singer, producer and drummer Kassa Overall will headline, with opening performances by multi-instrumentalist, composer and educator Isaiah Collier, and vocalist and performer Darynn Dean. KJazz DJ Rhonda Hamilton will host and serve as emcee.

RSVP recommended but not required. Seating on a first-come, first-served basis. The first 20 visitors to present their TAP cards to the Metro Art info table will receive a free Metro Art book!

Celebrating In Our Ancestors’ Footsteps

Join Metro Art on February 15, 2024 from 5PM to 7:30PM in the Union Station Waiting Room for a celebration of the exhibition, Where You Stand: Chinatown 1880 to 1939. Kicking off with a dynamic performance of a traditional lion dance by local students of the East Wind Foundation, the event continues with an exhibition walk-through led by Metro Art.

Geoff McFetridge: Drawing a Life

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Join Metro Art Presents for a free screening of Geoff McFetridge: Drawing a Life on February 23, 2024 from 7:30PM to 9:30PM in Union Station’s historic ticketing hall. The film is a poetic and intimate look into the life and work of one of the most visionary artists of his time, while also exploring the universal questions of what makes a fulfilling life.

Celebrating In Our Ancestors’ Footsteps

Join Metro Art on February 15, 2024 from 5:30PM to 7PM in the Union Station Waiting Room for a celebration of the exhibition, Where You Stand: Chinatown 1880 to 1939 with a traditional lion dance by local students of the East Wind Foundation and exhibition walk-through led by Metro Art.

Geoff McFetridge: Drawing a Life

On February 23, Metro Art Presents will host a free screening of Geoff McFetridge: Drawing a Life. in Union Station’s historic ticketing hall. The film is a poetic and intimate look into the life and work of one of the most visionary artists of his time, while also exploring the universal questions of what makes a fulfilling life.

RSVP on Eventbrite recommended, but not required. Limited seating available. Preferential seating for first 20 people who show their TAP cards at Metro Art table.

Metro Art x Silkroad Present: Railroad Roots

Metro Art x Silkroad are pleased to present a free event at Los Angeles Union Station on Monday, November 13, 2023 from 6-7:30pm. The evening includes musical performances by Silkroad Artistic Director Rhiannon Giddens, Silkroad artists Wu Man and Haruka Fujii, and guest artist Pura Fé, as well as a discussion about the railroad, the communities who built it, and the people who were displaced and most affected by it.

Metro Art x Silkroad Present: Railroad Roots

The forthcoming American Railroad tour—just one component of the multi-year American Railroad initiative, Silkroad’s most ambitious project to date—comprises stops in locations with significant connections to the U.S. Transcontinental Railroad. In addition to previously announced tour dates, Metro Art x Silkroad are pleased to present a free event on November 13 at Los Angeles Union Station from 6-7:30pm. The evening includes musical performances by Silkroad Artistic Director Rhiannon Giddens, Silkroad artists Wu Man and Haruka Fujii, and guest artist Pura Fé, as well as a discussion about the railroad, the communities who built it, and the people who were displaced and most affected by it.

The event is presented in partnership with Pacific Council on International Policy, The Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts, and For Freedoms.

Preferential seating for first 20 people who show their TAP cards at Metro Art table.

ON VIEW: Where You Stand: Chinatown 1880 to 1939 (你所處的位置: 唐人街 1880 年至 1939 年)

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.

Train Festival 2023

All aboard! This is a FREE event for all ages. Tickets are not required! Grab your family and friends and join us at #TrainFestival2023 at Union Station September 9 and 10, 2023 to celebrate the past, present and future of train travel with activations and programs throughout the iconic Los Angeles landmark.

The Yellow Car and Los Angeles at Union Station

TOUR: The Yellow Car and Historic Union Station (at capacity)

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 …

Day 2 – MAPPING PERFORMANCE: 10 Years of Metro Art Presents

Hosted at Los Angeles Union Station, MAPPING Performance: 10 Years of Metro Art Presents will celebrate with percussion-driven music and dance drawing from Southeast Asian and Afro-Brazilian traditions, bringing the community together in the heart of Los Angeles at the heart of the LA Metro transit system.

Day 2 – which will be highly participatory – will highlight Afro-Brazilian traditions, such as capoeira, which blends music, dance, and acrobatics, as well as samba-reggae.

Day 1 – MAPPING PERFORMANCE: 10 Years of Metro Art Presents

Hosted at Los Angeles Union Station, MAPPING Performance: 10 Years of Metro Art Presents will celebrate with percussion-driven music and dance drawing from Southeast Asian and Afro-Brazilian traditions, bringing the community together in the heart of Los Angeles at the heart of the LA Metro transit system.

Day 1 will feature Southeast Asian traditions and diasporic artists who bring their cultural backgrounds into contemporary practices.

MAPPING Performance: 10 Years of Metro Art Presents

Hosted at Los Angeles Union Station (800 N Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90012), MAPPING Performance: 10 Years of Metro Art Presents celebrates with percussion-driven music and dance drawing from Southeast Asian and Afro-Brazilian traditions, bringing the community together in the heart of Los Angeles at the heart of the LA Metro transit system. Saturday, June 24, 2023 – Sunday, June 25, 2023.

Metro Art Presents Tres Souls at Union Station

Metro Art Presents Los Angeles trio, Tres Souls, at Union Station for an evening of boleros reminiscent of the Golden Era of Mexican Cinema of the 1940s – 1960s. All ages are welcome to join for this one-of-a-kind cultural celebration!

ON VIEW: Journeys Continued: LA Communities Through the Eyes of Artists

ON VIEW THROUGH SPRING 2024: 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 at Union Station

CLOSING SOON: The Yellow Car and Los Angeles

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.

The Yellow Car and Los Angeles at Union Station

The Yellow Car and Los Angeles

CLOSING SOON
On view at Union Station through September 21, 2023

The Yellow Car and Los Angeles, Metro Art’s exhibition in the Union Station Waiting Room Gallery, offers a fond look back at two foundations of public transit in the region: the “Yellow Cars” of Los Angeles Railway Corporation 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.