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Exhibit: No Further West: The Story of Los Angeles Union Station

Date: Friday, May 2 - Sunday, August 10
Location: Los Angles Public Library, Central Library
630 W 5th St
Los Angeles, CA 90071

No Further West: The Story of Los Angeles Union Station: Organized by the Getty Research Institute. On view at the LA Public Library's Central Library May 2 through August 10, 2014

Los Angeles Union Station is a celebrated architectural icon and a symbol of the city's early-20th-century aspirations. Completed in 1939, Union Station centralized rail travel in Los Angeles and, before the rise of air and automobile travel, was the primary gateway into the city. More than a historic artifact, it is now the vibrant centerpiece of the region's evolving transportation network.

A new exhibition organized by the Getty Research Institute (GRI), No Further West: The Story of Los Angeles Union Station illuminates the contentious 30-year process of creating Los Angeles Union Station's eclectic, distinctly Southern Californian architecture. On view May 2 through August 10, 2014, the exhibition coincides with the 75th anniversary of the opening of Los Angeles Union Station.

Presented in another iconic downtown landmark, the Los Angeles Public Library's Central Library, the exhibition examines the architectural design and cultural politics of the historic station, and concludes with a selection of recent plans for Union Station 2050.  The exhibition features architectural drawings, sketches, and photographs drawn from the GRI’s Union Station archive, on view to the public for the first time. This archive is part of the GRI’s extensive holding in architectural history, especially that of Southern California. They include finely rendered conceptual drawings; sketches of exterior and interior views; detailed drawings of the station’s distinctive architectural elements, and furniture; and landscape drawings. The exhibition also includes historic photographs from the collection of the Los Angeles Public Library and the Huntington Library, Art Collection and Botanical Gardens as well as works from the Automobile Club of Southern California’s historic archives.

No Further West is accompanied by the publication, Los Angeles Union Station edited by curator Marlyn Musicant, with contributions by William Deverell and Matthew W. Roth.

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