Finding aid for the Metro Art Department Collection of Metro Rail Public Art Photographs

Denise Villegas
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Research Library and Archive
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
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Los Angeles, CA 90012-2952
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Email: library@metro.net
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© 2012
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. All rights reserved.

Finding aid for the Metro Art Department Collection of Metro Rail Public Art Photographs

Collection number: 22-DPGTL

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Research Library and Archive

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Los Angeles, California
Processed and encoded by:
Denise Villegas
Date Completed:
August 8, 2012
© 2012 Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Metro Art Department collection of Metro Rail public art photographs
Dates: 1991 - 2001
Bulk Dates: 1993 - 1996
Collection number: 22-DPGTL
Creator: Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Collection Size: 1 box 0.417 linear feet
Repository: Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Research Library and Archive
Los Angeles, CA 90012-2952
Abstract: The Art Department of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA, Metro), created in 1989 under the predecessor transportation agency, Southern California Rapid Transit District (SCRTD), has worked to incorporate public art and transportation. The opening of light and heavy rail transit in Los Angeles presented many opportunities for artists to work with what was, at the time, planning by the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission and SCRTD, and what is now the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA), also known as Metro. Artwork for each station on the Metro Rail lines correspond with the history and culture, as well as the artist's perspective of, the area surrounding the station.
Physical location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Administrative/Biographical History

Working to incorporate public art and transportation projects since the department's creation in 1989, Metro's Art Department was heavily 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.

Scope and Content

163 color and black and white photographs total. 35 of these photographs depict public artwork installed at Blue Line stations, 163 photographs depict artwork installed at Red Line stations. All photographs in this collection have a label adhered to the backside containing information about the photo such as the name of the artwork, the artist's name, the architect's name if applicable, and the photographer's name.

Preferred Citation

Metro Art Department collection of Metro Rail public art photographs, 22-DPGTL. Dorothy Payton Grey Transportation Library.

System of Arrangement

Photographs were found in plastic sheets within a plastic, three-ring binder and were re-housed with original order retained. Photographs are arranged in two series, the Blue Line and the Red Line, with sub-series corresponding with stations along those rail lines.

Custodial History

Known as the Metro Library under the Southern California Rapid Transit District, the library and its materials were retained by the successor agency, Los Angeles County Transportation Authority, undergoing a name change in October 2001 to commemorate the work of former librarian, Dorothy Peyton Gray.

Access

Please contact the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Research Library and Archive for information on collection access and restrictions.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Research Library and Archive for reproduction or publication is given by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority 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 Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Research Library and Archive.

Other Finding Aids

Container list available.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Los Angeles County Transportation Commission
Southern California Rapid Transit District

Related Archival Materials

Related materials about the construction and plans for the Red and Blue Metro Rail Lines may be found in this repository.

Notes

More information about the artwork depicted in these photographs can be found online at: http://www.metro.net/about/art/