Exhibition Excursions: visit new DTLA museum Beta Main

Los Angeles is home to an abundant assortment of arts and cultural institutions bringing new exhibitions to the region on a never-ending basis –- many of which feature Metro commissioned artists. In this month’s “Exhibition Excursion” we visit Beta Main to view Star Montana: I Dream of Los Angeles.

Star Montana: I Dream of Los Angeles is an exhibition featuring large-scale photographs depicting the artist’s encounters with friends and strangers throughout East Los Angeles and South Los Angeles. Each photographic portrait is paired with a wall didactic highlighting excerpts from conversations about the subjects shared between the artist and Beta Main Director Alison Agsten. Montana’s uses of text encapsulate the narrative of each individual, highlighting their experience, life and trauma in the hope of giving visibility to underrepresented communities in art institutions. Click here to read a full transcription of the conversation between Star Montana and Alison Agsten.

Montana’s exhibition, Star Montana: I Dream of Los Angeles will be on display until Sunday, Sept. 24. Beta Main is free and open to the public; they are currently open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 7 p.m.

To get to Beta Main, take the Red Line or Purple Line to Pershing Square Station; then walk southwest on Hill Street toward 4th St.

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Artist Star Montana was commissioned by Metro to create temporary work for the 2014 Photographic Light Box series at Universal City / Studio City Station. Her artwork titled Saint Louis is our Salvation was a series of photographs documenting  intimate moments between her family and the family’s next generation’s firstborn, Louise, as a way of mourning the loss of her mother Louisa and seeking hope in the future of Louise.  Learn more about the artwork here.

“Exhibition Excursions with Metro” is a series featuring transit accessible cultural destinations highlighting Metro commissioned artists.