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The Yellow Car and Los Angeles

The Yellow Car and Los Angeles

The exhibition will temporarily not be available from January 27 to January 30, 2023 and will be available to enjoy again on January 31, 2023: 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.

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