A panel of nationally recognized curators and local arts professionals, including community members from the Crenshaw/LAX corridor, has selected fourteen artists to create site-specific, integrated artworks for the Crenshaw/LAX project. The diverse range of accomplished artists includes:
Ingrid Calame (Crenshaw/Vernon Station)
Eileen Cowin (Crenshaw/MLK Station)
Kenturah Davis (Florence/La Brea Station)
Deanna Erdmann (Crenshaw/Vernon Station)
Sherin Guirguis (Aviation/Century Station)
Carlson Hatton (Crenshaw/Slauson Station)
Mara Lonner (Crenshaw/MLK Station)
Rebeca Méndez (Crenshaw/Expo Station)
Geoff McFetridge (Florence/Hindry Station)
Erwin Redl (Crenshaw/Expo Station)
Kim Schoenstadt (Florence/West Station)
Jaime Scholnick (Crenshaw/Expo Station)
Shinique Smith (Crenshaw/MLK Station)
Mickalene Thomas (Crenshaw/Vernon Station)
The selection followed an extensive outreach process including a series of artist workshops, community presentations, notices in local papers and on social media. A call to artists was sent to over 5,000 artists and widely distributed to local arts organizations and resulted in over 1,200 responses.
The artist selection panel carefully considered how the artworks would relate to their specific sites and communities as well as how they would relate to each other and contribute to the customer’s transit experience along the entire alignment. To ensure their permanence as cultural landmarks, the artworks will be executed in a range of highly durable materials including glass, tile, porcelain enamel steel, stainless steel and mosaic.
Metro Art has a strong track record of working with artists and communities, and in keeping with this tradition, artists will engage surrounding communities in a range of approaches. Stay tuned for posts on meet-the-artist events and project updates, as well as stories related to upcoming artworks specifically designed to mitigate impacts during project construction phases.