The Yellow Car and Los Angeles
Beginning Monday, November 21, 2022: Union Station Waiting Room Gallery
ORGANIZED BY METRO ART IN COLLABORATION WITH THE METRO DOROTHY PEYTON GRAY TRANSPORTATION LIBRARY AND ARCHIVE.
The Yellow Car and Los Angeles, an original exhibition organized by Metro Art and featuring materials sourced from the Metro Transportation Library and Archive, highlights the Yellow Cars of Los Angeles Railway Corporation (or LARy, for short) and LA’s early buses to offer a fond look back at Los Angeles transit history. Together, these early rail and bus lines are foundations which shaped the Metro system the agency is working to restore today.
The exhibition, which was designed by Metro Art expressly for the Union Station Waiting Room, features reproduction photographs, tickets and other ephemera from the Metro Transportation Library and Archive. Rail car design drawings are side by side with street photographs of the trolleys. Hand-painted place names, map-like dots and lines, and colors in the exhibition’s design are inspired by painted signs and vintage maps (1926-1944) in the transportation library's collection.
Where Los Angeles Begins
This iconic Los Angeles landmark is a vibrant symbol of downtown’s renaissance. A dynamic destination for the arts, entertainment and culture, forging a vital new connection to the community, Union Station is more than a bustling transportation hub in the heart of the city. It's a true cultural hub connecting the infinitely varied and wonderful elements of one of the world’s great cities... a gateway to the best of Los Angeles.