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Future artworks to animate Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station

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Artists Jamex and Einar de la Torre and George Evans have been hard at work developing designs for future artworks at Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station since their selection by a community-based art advisory group and pop-up events with riders and community members. The artworks are part of a range of improvements currently underway at the station.

Jamex and Einar de la Torre have conceived a grouping of sculptural artworks that explore the legacy of Rosa Parks. In addition to paying homage to the significance of her actions and their resonance, the artists also reference the warmth of home and strength of communal gathering. The artworks will offer shade and a unifying element to the station’s community plaza for neighbors to activate through future events. The de la Torre brothers will host community engagement activities in the coming months.

Artist George Evans continues to refine the artwork concept planned for the interior of the new Customer Service Center at the station. Evans has developed layered photo compositions that celebrate South Los Angeles’ distinct neighborhoods, personalities, landscapes, families, music and oral story-telling traditions. In keeping with his 30+ years of cultivating the next generation of young artists, and teaching students the skills needed to work in creative fields, Evans has planned arts and community programming that engages youth from the surrounding schools and organizations.

Stay tuned for more details regarding future engagement events with Jamex and Einar de la Torre and George Evans in 2019.

 

 

Here are the Metro Art events happening in November

National Arts and Humanities month may be over but we still have a jam-packed series of arts and cultural events lined up for the rest of the year. Here’s your guide to all the Metro Art events happening in November; all free and open to the public.

Click here for more information about Metro’s art program, including our popular docent-led art tours and cultural programming. Follow Metro Art on Facebook and Instagram.

Video: the artwork at future Crenshaw/LAX Line Expo/Crenshaw Station

Watch the video above of Metro staff piecing together parts of a large-scale glass mosaic mural. The mural will eventually be installed at the future Crenshaw/LAX Line Expo/Crenshaw Station.

Created by the artist Rebeca Méndez, this mural in the station’s underground concourse will bring the sky, and a moment of calm, to the bustle of this underground station. Titled, “At The Same Time,” Méndez’s artwork explores the notion of time as captured through her photographs of the Los Angeles sky taken at 15 minute intervals over 24 hours.

In the artist’s own words, “[The artwork] can be understood as … [an] emotional timepiece … inspiring us to bring our mind and body as we experience, if just for a moment, the fullness of time expressed in the sky above us.”

About the Artist: Rebeca Méndez is an artist living in Los Angeles where she is a professor in the Department of Design Media Arts at UCLA. She received the highest U.S. honor of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award in Communication Design in 2012, as the first Latin American and second woman ever. Her art practice is in various media—photography, 16mm film, video, and installation—with which she explores the nature of perception and media representation, specifically how cultures express themselves through the style of nature that they produce at a given time and the medium through which they construct this nature. In her public art works she seeks to address and enlarge themes that engage a greater sense of belonging to the home, city and planet shared among all living creatures, from trees to birds to people.

Click here for more information about the artist.
Click here for more information about the Crenshaw/LAX Art Program.
Click here  for 5 things to know about artworks for the future Expo/Crenshaw Station.
Click here for more information about Metro’s art program, including our popular docent-led art tours and cultural programming. You can also follow Metro Art on Facebook and Instagram.

New Poetry in Motion poster on view in Metro buses


TELL ME
You are gone now, truly
and to look you up in the dictionary
is no longer possible or

enough. The new season’s arrow
cleaves the maudlin
right out of the air, stays

the wavering knife. Better off
without you, say the crickets, say
the Christmas tree lights

which each night make a party
out of the darkness, tell me
which green porch is home.

— Maggie Nelson

Continue celebrating National Arts and Humanities Month along with the changing of the season with the latest Poetry in Motion poster featuring “Tell Me,” written by Maggie Nelson (text above). Part of Metro’s long-standing partnership with the Poetry Society of America, Poetry in Motion/LA places poems directly in the path of more than one million Metro bus riders daily.

More than 100 thought-provoking works, some printed in both English and Spanish, have been presented since the program’s inception. Poems are selected by the Poetry Society of America, which chooses recognized works that are relatively short, upbeat and representative of the diverse demography of the Los Angeles area.

For more information about the Poetry Society of America and the national Poetry in Motion® program, visit http://www.poetrysociety.org.

Click here for more information about Metro’s art program, including our popular docent-led art tours and cultural programming. You can also follow Metro Art on Facebook and Instagram.

Celebrate South Gate through the eyes of artist Ja’Rie Gray

“Through the Eyes of Artists” poster featuring South Gate by Artist Ja’Rie Gray.

Continue celebrating National Arts and Humanities month by riding Metro and discovering the next poster in our “Through the Eyes of Artists” series featuring South Gate.

Artist Ja’Rie Gray depicts a radiant headdress of azaleas symbolizing South Gate’s civic pride. A representation of femininity and the official flower of this family-friendly community, the ruddy flower petals gradually evolve into abstract building blocks that take the shape of the city’s boundaries.

In the artists own words, “I’m smitten by a city that adopts a flower representing the beauty and strength of a woman for its official symbol. Women are nurturers who raise, birth and grow; they are the basic building blocks for any family.  . . . This woman is the guardian, the protector, the builder and the grower of this Azalea City.”

Gray will be signing free copies of her beautiful poster in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for more info!

About Through the Eyes of Artists

In the tradition of celebrating transportation through colorful travel destination posters, Metro commissions a diverse range of Los Angeles artists to create original artworks for the Through the Eyes of Artists poster series. Established in 2003, the posters are displayed on board Metro trains and buses; South Gate is 44th in the series. Other posters to be released this year include Altadena, East Hollywood, Studio City and Torrance.

View the entire poster series by clicking here.

Click here for more information about Metro’s art program, including our popular docent-led art tours and cultural programming. You can also follow Metro Art on Facebook and Instagram.