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Art Exhibitions


As part of its expansion and renovation, LAX has transformed many of its public spaces into art spaces by featuring temporary art exhibitions and installations throughout the airport. Presented in partnership with the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, LAX features 11 exhibition sites located in Terminals 1, 2, 3, Tom Bradley International Terminal, 6, and 7.

Current Exhibitions

 Terminal 2 Departures Atrium Flow and Glimpse-sm
Flow and Glimpse, Barbara Strasen
Photo credit: Panic Studio LA

Terminal 2, Departures Atrium 
Flow and Glimpse  
By Barbara Strasen 
(Open to the public)

Flow and Glimpse depicts the rich textures and diversity of Los Angeles, providing a fresh view of the city and its relationship to contemporary life. Situated in the terminal’s atrium, on the publicly accessible side of the security checkpoint, this large-scale installation features 90 lenticular panels, so that the visible images change in response to the location of the viewer, providing an engaging and dynamic experience for travelers as they move through security. Each panel juxtaposes two images – one featuring a flow of textures and the other a detailed and diverse glimpse of L.A. –organized thematically on six walls of the atrium. The lenticular lenses are carefully choreographed, with the texture of the flow images uniting the different groups, while the fleeting glimpse images move along according to theme and context, in a way that suggests a dialogue among them, inviting the viewer to discover connections between seemingly dissimilar images.

Elevate 
Elevate, Joyce Dallal
Photo credit: Panic Studio LA

Terminal 3, Departures Atrium 
Elevate 
By Joyce Dallal 
(Open to the public)  

Elevate transforms the terminal’s atrium in dramatic fashion, surrounding travelers as they approach security with two bird-like formations of paper airplanes suspended in flight. This visually stunning installation consists of hundreds of colorful and seemingly delicate paper airplanes, handmade from Japanese paper and imprinted with excerpts from the Third (1929) and Fourth (1949) Geneva Conventions, international treaties addressing the treatment of civilians and prisoners during war. Interspersed among these are white paper planes printed with the text of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), which details fundamental rights for all peoples. Echoing the power and fragility of these accumulations of words, the paper airplanes simultaneously recall military formations and flocks of birds spiraling upward. They reference the Japanese tradition of folding one thousand origami cranes for luck, long life, and peace.

Gateway to the Sun 
Gateway to the Sun, Jamison Carter and Margaret Griffith; curated by Elizabeta Betinski
Photo credit: Panic Studio LA

Terminal 3, Arrivals Hallway 
Gateway to the Sun 
By Jamison Carter and Margaret Griffith; curated by Elizabeta Betinski  
(Open to the public)  

Gateway to the Sun is a site-specific installation featuring artists Jamison Carter and Margaret Griffith, a couple based in Los Angeles in what is their first artistic collaboration. Griffith’s delicate metal and paper sculptures, resembling front-yard gates, interact with Carter’s painted expanses and intensely colored sculptures. On the main walls of the corridor, Carter’s massive painted field of black is punctuated by a bright, geometric sculpture, creating a graphic contrast of color and shape. Nearby, two display cases feature additional sculptures by Carter, the artworks bursting with color. One display case is set in front of a wall of eye-popping stripes and contains a tumultuous arrangement of thin colored sticks, as if a rainbow had been captured and splintered apart. The other case displays a sculpture composed of bright yellow, stacked wooden slats, Carter’s minimalist and striking interpretation of the sun and its rays. Griffith’s sculptures reference the ornamental gates found in her Highland Park neighborhood, but after she shapes, twists, forms and hangs the gates, they are transformed into exquisite structures belying the rigidity and order of the original gates. Griffith’s gates traverse Carter’s dramatically painted black landscape and hover cloud-like around Carter’s vivid sun sculpture in one of the display cases. Paired together in this installation, the artworks interact and reference ideas of opposites—light and darkness, rigidity and fluidity, permanence and transience—as well as seeing the magic in the everyday world around us.

To learn more, click to watch KCET’s video documentary “Cleared for Take Off: Public Art at LAX” about the development and installation of this exhibition.

Clothesline Lanes 
Clothesline Lanes, Leigh Salgado; curated by Juliet Bello
Photo credit: Panic Studio LA

Tom Bradley International Terminal, Arrivals/Customs 
Clothesline Lanes 
By Leigh Salgado; curated by Juliet Bello  
(On view for ticketed passengers)  

Clothesline Lanes is an exhibition of Leigh Salgado’s series of ten site-specific artworks that reference Los Angeles’ geographic and cultural diversity. Salgado’s interest in women’s clothing, fabric, patterns, and memories take her to locations of intriguing beauty and fascination. Her ornately sculpted and painted paper drawings are influenced by distinctive women’s clothing items, such as the bathing suits of Pacific Coast Highway, couture fashion of Rodeo Drive, Quinceañera dresses of Pacific Boulevard in Huntington Park, the thrift stores of Fairfax Boulevard’s Little Ethiopia, and the saris of Pioneer Boulevard in Little India. Cutting and burning tools are used to eviscerate the negative space between the lines in Salgado’s acrylic drawings, while the resulting textures and shadows highlight the three-dimensionality of her work. For this series, Salgado chose to focus on locations that reflect diverse parts of the Southern California experience, ones which we may all see but do not necessarily experience.

 Terminal 6 TicketingDepartures Why Are You Here No Thing To Declare Declare Everything
Why Are You Here / No Thing To Declare / Declare Experience, ETMCA (a.k.a. the Code Artist)
Photo credit: Panic Studio LA

Terminal 6, Ticketing/Departures 
Why Are You Here / No Thing To Declare / Declare Experience 
By ETMCA (a.k.a. the Code Artist)
(Open to the public)

Why Are You Here / No Thing To Declare / Declare Experience consists of large, visually stunning paintings that, at first glance, appear to be abstract and thus devoid of literal meaning. However, imbedded within each painting is a code, merging abstract painting with concepts related to the experience of travel. Together the canvases pose the question "why are you here" and the statements "nothing to declare" and "declare experience." This site-specific installation is located at the heavily trafficked staircase and escalator leading to the security checkpoint, and the messages it contains speak to the site’s continuous flow of people coming and going, each of them carrying anticipation or memories of their journeys.  

 Welcome to L.A. / Please Come Again
Welcome to L.A. / Please Come Again, curated by Milo + McLean
Photo credit: Panic Studio LA

Terminal 7 and 8, Departures  
Welcome to L.A. / Please Come Again 
Curated by Milo + McLean
(On view for ticketed passengers)

Welcome to L.A./Please Come Again is a group exhibition of contemporary artworks by fifteen Los Angeles artists inspired by the multifaceted and evolving identity of Los Angeles as a vibrant metropolis. On view through December 2014, the exhibition features 37 diverse artworks that critically explore and delve into a range of Los Angeles’ celebrated, notorious, and enigmatic qualities through painting, photography, drawing, and mixed media. L.A.’s landscape is a stunning and complicated amalgam of cultures, people and possibility. From its iconic Pacific shores to the urban skylines dotting the city, L.A.’s “mythic glint” draws romantics and trailblazers alike. Welcome to L.A. / Please Come Again offers a range of dynamic artworks, providing a context for discussion, reflection, and interpretation for passengers who call this city home, as well as for first-time visitors to this wonderfully paradoxical paradise that is Los Angeles.

Featured artists include Jennifer Celio, Zoe Crosher, J. Bennett Fitts, Yvette Gellis, Jill Greenberg, Roni Feldman, Yolanda Gonzalez, Susan Holcomb, Christine Nguyen, Elizabeth Patterson, Richard Ross, Lana Shuttleworth, David Strick, Mark Stock, and Lacey Terrell.

 

About LAWA Art Program
Initiated in 1990, the purpose of the LAWA Art Program is to provide opportunities for educational, entertaining, and enriching cultural experiences for the traveling public at LAX and LA/Ontario International Airports and the LAX FlyAway® bus terminal. The program showcases local and regional artists through temporary exhibitions and permanent public art installations, which enhance and humanize the overall travel experience for millions every year. For additional information, please visit www.lawa.org.

About Los Angeles International Airport
LAX is the sixth busiest airport in the world and third in the United States, offering 680 daily flights to 96 domestic cities and 930 weekly nonstop flights to 59 cities in 30 countries on 63 commercial air carriers. It ranks 14th in the world and fifth in the U.S. in air cargo tonnage processed. In 2012, LAX served nearly 63.7 million passengers, processed over 1.9 million tons of air cargo valued at over $86.9 billion, and handled 605,480 aircraft operations (landings and takeoffs). An economic impact study in 2011 reported that operations at LAX generated 294,400 jobs in Los Angeles County with labor income of $13.6 billion and economic output of more than $39.7 billion. This activity added $2.5 billion to local and state revenues. LAX is part of a system of three Southern California airports – along with LA/Ontario International and Van Nuys general aviation – that are owned and operated by Los Angeles World Airports, a proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles that receives no funding from the City’s general fund.
 

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