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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, 6, 7, and Tom Bradley International Terminal.

Current Exhibitions

Ventanas, Carolyn Castaño
Photo credit: PanicStudio L.A.

Terminal 1, Baggage Claim 
By Carolyn Castaño 
(Open to the public)  

Carolyn Castaño’s watercolor paintings invite viewers to imagine or recall the visual transitions they may have experienced during travel. Mixing landscape imagery, abstract patterns, and motifs culled from contemporary and vintage airline graphic design, each painting evokes the experience of looking through a ventana, Spanish for window. This “looking” can take many forms: looking out from inside an airplane as new geographies come into view beyond or below, or peering in at the carefully orchestrated universe of form, color, and logotype to be found within the aircraft one is about to board. This series of paintings expands Castaño’s ongoing interest in the everyday visual vernaculars of home and heritage, be it in Los Angeles or the city centers of Latin America, or in the natural landscape, real or imagined.

 Terminal 2 Departures Atrium Flow and Glimpse-sm
Flow and Glimpse, Barbara Strasen
Photo credit: PanicStudio L.A.

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.

Transfiguration, Erika Lizée
Photo credit: PanicStudio L.A.

Tom Bradley International Terminal, Customs Hallway, Arrivals 
By Erika Lizée 
(On view for ticketed passengers)  

Erika Lizée’s work questions one’s relationship to both the visible and invisible realms. Her installations build from the idea that walls can serve as physical and metaphorical barriers. She imagines the surface of a wall to be a threshold, with a hidden and undefined world existing within. Using illusionistic painting, mysterious and abstract elements appear beneath the wall’s surface, while others emerge from the space into the physical realm of the viewer. Trompe l’oeil and sculptural paintings work in conjunction with actual light and shadow to spark a sense of wonder in the viewer. This creates a transformative experience as one’s perceptions shift with greater understanding of the relationship between artistic materials and exhibition space. The installation serves as a metaphor for the journey of our personal and shared life experiences.

Like Sound Going Sideways, Timothy Nolan
Photo credit: PanicStudio L.A.

Terminal 7-8, Departures Hallway and Ticketing Lobby 
Like Sound Going Sideways 
By Timothy Nolan 
(Main exhibition is on view for ticketed passengers in the Departures Hallway; Shine On prints on view to the public in the Ticketing Lobby)  

Like Sound Going Sideways features a series of collages and collage-based prints that examine natural phenomena and the intersection of culture and nature. Combining his own photography of unique geological terrain with outdated scientific graphics and Art Deco patterns, artist Tim Nolan’s invented landscapes juxtapose natural and man-made imagery, suggesting ecosystems in transition. The larger works, such as the wall mural and light box on view as part of the main exhibition in the Departures Hallway and the three large-scale prints (Shine On) on view in the Ticketing Lobby, expand the boundaries of the imagery. The results marry Nolan’s interest in abstract painting and Pop Art with a fascination for quantum mechanics and astrophysics. Nolan invites viewers to consider our shifting perspective of the world and our quest for discovery beyond the visible realm.


About Los Angeles World Airports Art Program
The mission of the LAWA Art Program is to enhance and humanize the travel experience by providing diverse and memorable art experiences throughout the airport. The Art Program includes temporary exhibitions, permanent installations, and cultural performances. With an emphasis on local and regional artists, the Art Program provides access to an array of contemporary artworks that reflect and celebrate the region’s creative caliber. For additional information, please visit www.lawa.org.

About Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

LAX is the fifth busiest airport in the world and second in the United States, based on 2014 airport rankings (the latest available). LAX served more than 74.9 million passengers in 2015. LAX offers 692 daily nonstop flights to 85 cities in the U.S. and 928 weekly nonstop flights to 67 cities in 34 countries on 59 commercial air carriers. LAX ranks 14th in the world and fifth in the U.S. in air cargo tonnage processed, with more than 2.1 million tons of air cargo valued at over $86.9 billion. An economic 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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As a covered entity under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and, upon request, will provide reasonable accommodation to ensure equal access to its programs, services, and activities. Alternative formats in large print, braille, audio, and other forms (if possible) will be provided upon request.

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