The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) announces that 17 artists have been commissioned to create site-specific, integrated artworks for the future Wilshire/Rodeo, Century City/Constellation, Westwood/UCLA and Westwood/VA Hospital stations for the Purple (D Line) Extension Transit Project.
The artists’ work is expected to enhance the customer experience with innovative, award-winning visual art when the new subway extension opens in phases in the coming years.
The diverse range of accomplished artists commissioned by Metro includes:
- Eddie Rodolfo Aparicio (Century City/Constellation Station)
- Moses X. Ball (Westwood/UCLA Station)
- Sandow Birk (Westwood/VA Hospital Station)
- Sarah Cain (Century City/Constellation Station)
- Victoria Fu + Matt Rich (Westwood/VA Hospital Station)
- Karen Hampton (Westwood/UCLA Station)
- Phung Huynh (Century City/Constellation Station)
- Oscar Magallanes (Century City/Constellation Station)
- Yunhee Min (Westwood/UCLA Station)
- Meleko Mokgosi (Wilshire/Rodeo Station)
- Rigo 23 (Wilshire/Rodeo Station)
- Gala Porras-Kim (Westwood/UCLA Station)
- Analia Saban (Century City/Constellation Station)
- Francesco Simeti (Westwood/VA Hospital Station)
- Eloy Torrez (Westwood/VA Hospital Station)
- Devon Tsuno (Wilshire/Rodeo Station)
- Iris Yirei Hu (Westwood/UCLA Station)
These artists were selected through an open, competitive selection process following the recommendation of a panel of nationally recognized curators, local arts professionals and community members from the Purple (D Line) Extension project area, all of whom have ties to the communities served by these future stations.
The professional qualifications of over 1,500 artists were considered during the selection process. Finalists were identified and created researched proposals that responded to the specific sites and communities along this alignment. The artists selected for the stations represent the thoughtful and collaborative curatorial approach taken by the artist review panel.
The artist review panel included: Arthur Lewis, Creative Director, United Talent Agency Artist Space; Anna Sew Hoy, Chair, UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture, Department of Art; Cate Thurston, Associate Curator, The Skirball Cultural Center; Connie Butler, Chief Curator, The Hammer Museum at UCLA; Jean Tardy-Vallernaud, Founding Chair, Century City Arts Council; Ken Gonzales-Day, artist; LeRonn P. Brooks, Associate Curator, The Getty Research Institute; Michael Amescua, artist; Stephanie Vahn, Chair, Beverly Hills Arts and Culture Commission; and Thao Nguyen, Art and Design Agent, Creative Artists Agency.
Artists join the nine artists selected earlier for the future Wilshire/La Brea, Wilshire/Fairfax and Wilshire/La Cienega stations: Eamon Ore-Giron, Fran Siegel, Mark Dean Veca, Karl Haendel, Ken Gonzalez-Day, Susan Silton, Todd Gray, Mariana Castillo Deball, and Soo Kim.
For more information about the Metro Art Program, please visit: https://art.metro.net/artworks/in-the-works/works-ple/
Metro Art Program
Metro Art enhances the customer experience with innovative, award-winning visual and performing arts programming that encourages ridership and connects people, sites and neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles County. A diverse range of site-specific artworks are integrated into the growing Metro system, improving the quality of transit environments and creating a sense of place. From photography installations to onboard posters, art tours and live performances, our multi-faceted arts programs add vibrancy and engage communities throughout Los Angeles. For more information and to learn about art opportunities, visit metro.net/art and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.
About the Purple (D Line) Extension Transit Project is a critically important subway rail project that will provide a high-capacity, efficient and dependable alternative for commuters to travel between downtown Los Angeles, the Miracle Mile, Beverly Hills and Westwood. From the current terminus at the Wilshire/Western Station, the Purple Line Extension will extend westward for about nine miles and will include seven new stations. The line is expected to open in three separate consecutive segments in 2024, 2025 and 2027.
For additional project information, please visit https://www.metro.net/projects/westside/.
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