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Metro Art Department collection of Metro Rail public art photographs
22-DPGTL  
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
  • Preferred Citation
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
  • Processing Information
  • Acquisition Information
  • Arrangement

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Library and Archives
    Title: Metro Art Department collection of Metro Rail public art photographs
    Identifier/Call Number: 22-DPGTL
    Physical Description: 0.834 linear feet, 2 boxes
    Date (inclusive): 1991-2001
    Date (bulk): 1993-1996
    Abstract: This collection holds photographs of public art pieces at Metro Rail Blue, Red, Purple and Green Line stations. The photographs were taken by Metro Art Department employees, primarily during the 1990s.
    Physical Location: LACMTA Research Library and Archive

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact LACMTA Research Library and Archive to make an appointment.

    Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

    For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the LACMTA Research Library and Archive. Permission for reproduction or publication is given on behalf of the LACMTA Research Library and Archive as the owner of the physical items. The researcher assumes all responsibility for possible infringement that may arise from reproduction or publication of materials from the LACMTA Research Library and Archive collections.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Metro Art Department Collection of Metro Rail Public Art Photographs, 22-DPGTL. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Research Library and Archive.

    Biographical / Historical

    LACMTA's Art Department was created in 1989 under the predecessor agency, Southern California Rapid Transit District (SCRTD). Working to incorporate public art in transportation projects, the department was involved in the design of stations along the heavy and light rail transit lines, dedicating 0.05% of rail construction costs specifically to art.
    Artists were selected for these projects to create public art pieces that reflected the communities to be served by the rail lines by a process of peer review. Artwork was an integral part of the design and structure of each station. Current information about the department and public art at Metro can be found at https://www.metro.net/about/art/.

    Scope and Contents

    163 8x10" color and black and white photographic prints and two documents related to public art at Metro rail stations. Well-known artists with work represented in the collection include Frank Romero and Gilbert "Magu" Luján (members of Chicano art collective Los Four), Robert Gil de Montes, Joyce Kozloff, East Los Streetscapers and Stephen Antonakos.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Denise Villegas, August 2012. Additional processing by Noah Geraci, July 2016.

    Acquisition Information

    The collection was transferred from the LACMTA Art Department to the archives at an unknown date.

    Arrangement

    Photographs were found in plastic sheets within a plastic, three-ring binder and were re-housed with original order retained. The collection is organized into three series:
    1. Blue Line, circa 1991-1999
    2. Red and Purple Lines, circa 1991-2000
    3. Green Line, circa 1995

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Public art -- California -- Los Angeles County
    Local transit -- California -- Los Angeles County
    Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
    MTA Metro Art
    Los Angeles County Transportation Commission
    Southern California Rapid Transit District