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Here are the Metro Art events happening in February

Metro Art Moves Valentine’s Day tour, 2016.

From a Shakespearean themed Valentine’s Day art tour to a Mardi Gras music and dance procession, here’s your guide to all the Metro Art events happening in February. Did we mention they’re all free and open to the public?

Union Station is accessible via Metro Rail, Metro Bus and several municipal bus lines. Use the Trip Planner for routes and connections. Car and bicycle parking are also available on site. Enter from Vignes or Cesar Chavez.

 

Here are the Metro Art events happening in December

Artist Medusa performing at The Good Life Café; image courtesy of Forward Movement / ARRAY.

From a tour exploring historic Union Station art and architecture to a documentary film screening highlighting the thriving alternative hip-hop movement of the 1990s as it evolved in Los Angeles, here’s your guide to all the Metro Art events happening in December. Did we mention they’re all free and open to the public?

Union Station is accessible via Metro Rail, Metro Bus and several municipal bus lines. Use the Trip Planner for routes and connections. Car and bicycle parking are also available on site. Enter from Vignes or Cesar Chavez.

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 FacebookTumblr and Instagram.

Remembering Metro artist Patrick Nagatani, 1945-2017

Patrick Nagatani, “Epoch,” 1995.

With great sadness, Metro Art shares the news of the passing of artist Patrick Nagatani. His 1995 artwork Epoch, located on the third floor of Metro Headquarters, addresses the idea of transportation from an individual to a global perspective, reminding us that transportation begins and ends with each human being.

In the artist’s own words, “From the dawn of mankind, the center of transportation has been with man himself. Whether walking, encased in transport systems, or ‘beamed’ to distant places, it is the mind and body of man that imagines, invents, and travels.”

Patrick Nagatani: Living in the Story, a documentary highlighting Nagatani’s life and art practice, is scheduled to be released in 2018. Nagatani’s recently published novel, The Race: Tales of Flight, depicts a race between women pilots flying restored Supermarine Spitfire airplanes after discovering them buried in Burma at the end of World War II.

Detail of “Epoch.”

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Here are the Metro Art events happening in November

Musician Phil Ranelin, performing at Union Station on November 17. Photo courtesy of Joe LaRusso.

From a tour exploring historic Union Station art, architecture and spaces not generally open to the public to a documentary film screening highlighting Los Angeles’ rising mural movement in the 1970s, here’s your guide to all the Metro Art events happening in November. Did we mention they’re all free and open to the public?

Union Station is accessible via Metro Rail, Metro Bus and several municipal bus lines. Use the Trip Planner for routes and connections. Car and bicycle parking are also available on site. Enter from Vignes or Cesar Chavez.

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 FacebookTumblr and Instagram.

Metro Young Artists program alum selected to paint President Obama’s official portrait

Artist Kehinde Wiley standing in front of artwork created during Young Artists program.

Artist Kehinde Wiley, a Metro Art Young Artists program alum was recently commissioned by The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery to create the official portrait of former President Barack Obama. Click here to read the official announcement by The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. The announcement has garnered significant press coverage from The New York TimesCNN and Los Angeles Times.

Following the end of each presidency, the museum partners with the White House to commission two sets of official portraits of the President and First Lady that are hung in the White House and the National Portrait Gallery’s world-renowned exhibition America’s Presidents.

A Los Angeles native now based in New York, Wiley is acclaimed for his vibrant portraits of young African Americans through large-scale painting. In the artist’s own words, “the role of artists within society is . . .  to start a broader conversation about presence and imminence and the desire to be seen as respected and beautiful in this world.”

Artwork created by Kehinde Wiley during Young Artists program.

At age 17, Wiley was one of fourteen young artists selected to participate in Metro’s Young Artists program initiated in the 1990s. During his time in the program, Wiley created a large-scale mural that was reproduced and placed in 2,000 buses.

The portraits of former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama are scheduled to be unveiled at the Smithsonian in early 2018. Click here for more information about America’s Presidents.

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 FacebookTumblr and Instagram.