October is here already?! That means it’s once again National Arts & Humanities Month, when Metro Art showcases its many approaches to art in the transit environment – from publications to artist pop-ups to artworks for future stations and more. Check it out:
- To kick off the month, we are giving away 5 signed copies of our Deep Connections photo catalogue by Ken Karagozian on Metro Art’s Instagram! Follow us so you know as soon as the giveaway starts on Tuesday, October 5. And congratulations to Ken, whose publication won a Grand Award in the American Public Transportation Agency’s (APTA) 2021 awards.
- All month, we’ll spotlight the artists and ideas behind the Nos Vemos/We See Us pop-ups at local events in Southeast Los Angeles (SELA). Metro commissioned artists Melina Aguilar, David and Alejandra Martinez, Billy Montenegro and Albert Orozco are leading hands-on creative activities engaging the community of SELA – both online and in person. Activities include jewelry-making, story-sharing using maps, photography and digital collage. Check out this recent post on The SELA Community Map and stay tuned for more mini-interviews with each artist weekly.
- See how epic glass mosaic murals are pieced together when we release a new series of time-lapse videos of two artworks commissioned for the Regional Connector. The original artworks by Pearl C. Hsiung and Mark Steven Greenfield were created as paintings then translated for future Grand Av. Arts/Bunker Hill and Historic Broadway stations. The process is a lot like putting together a puzzle. Very satisfying!
- In collaboration with community partners the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California and the Chinese American Museum (CAM), we will be hosting a new temporary exhibition, Broken News, in the Union Station Waiting Room to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Chinese Massacre of 1871. Our Union Station neighbor, the CAM, will also host a series of online programs in remembrance of lives lost. For more information on the CAM programs, visit their website.
- The current poster in the Through the Eyes of Artists series highlights Westlake on our buses through the month of October, featuring the work of artist Alex Gonzalez (Otiswoods). Our next Through the Eyes of Artists poster will be released soon and feature the work of Fabio Coruzzi and his vision of Redondo Beach.
- On Friday, November 19, Metro is hosting a “Completion Celebration” at the newly renovated Willowbrook/Rosa Parks transit hub. The station features a brand-new artwork by Jamex and Einar de la Torre, titled Second Line. Reflecting on the folk art practices of papel picado, visitors experience an homage to Rosa Parks in a series of sculptural parasols. While visiting, pop into Metro’s new Customer Center to view another new artwork, a photo mural by George Evans. Don’t miss the artwork benches by Michael Massenburg and Robin Strayhorn, and Judy Baca, which were relocated from the original Willowbrook Station.
- Lastly, Metro Art makes a cameo in Bike Share’s Chicanx Art Tour of DTLA.