Art Program

At the concourse level, four visual art spaces have been designed to feature an array of contemporary artworks, while two locations along the concourse allow for pop-up cultural performances. Visual installations are curated by Megan Steinman and presented jointly with the City of LosAngeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

Photos courtesy of Panic Studio LA.

"Typhoon Coming On" (2021) by Sondra Perry
Elevator Tower Walls | On View Starting Summer 2021

Sondra Perry is an interdisciplinary artist who works with video, computer-based media and performance toexplore themes of race, identity, family history and the ethics of technology. "Typhoon Coming On" consistsof two monumental lenticular panels, each spanning 40-feet high across both elevator towers in the building'smain hall. One image of the lenticular composite is a digital rendering of J.M.W. Turner’s 1840 painting "SlaveShip (Slavers Throwing Overboard the Dead and Dying, Typhoon Coming On);" the other image focuses onthe ocean in Turner’s painting, which Perry further manipulated using a motion graphics program. The ocean’sintentional purple hue is the result of an error message signaling that the graphics program is missing a file,mirroring our collective erasure of historical calamities. The movements of airport travelers up, down andaround the building's main hall will activate the lenticular panels into a three-dimensional rolling body of water.The constantly shifting imagery of the ocean’s surface opens up the possibility of multiple perspectives.

Photos courtesy of Panic Studio LA.

"Sleepy" (2021) by Meriem Bennani
Gallery Space | On View Starting Summer 2021

Meriem Bennani combines documentary, digital technology and sculpture to create immersive video environments that address complex cultural topics using a hefty dose of humor. "Sleepy" is an interactive animation presented on a large-scale video wall made from comparable monitors used for flight information. On screen is a never-ending office landscape, where a gaggle of animated crocodiles are passed outsnoozing across their desks and chairs. The video is directly linked to the airport’s public announcement (PA) system. At every announcement, the crocodiles awaken from their slumber, rise to a standing position and lip sync the information provided by the broadcast, creating a fun and friendly visual for passengers. By calling attention to architectural and sonic details of the airport that often go unnoticed, Bennani awakens LAX travelers from their own hurried trances through the terminal, reconnecting us with our environment, our present moment and each other.

Photos courtesy of Panic Studio LA.

"LAX: Sky Dreams" (2021) by Refik Anadol
Concourse Display Cases | On View Starting Summer 2021

Refik Anadol creates immersive environments and data paintings that address whatit means to be a human in the age of artificial intelligence. "LAX: Sky Dreams" was inspired by the painter Vincent Van Gogh, who once said that he dreamt of painting and then painted his dreams. In response, Anadol asked: What would happen if an A.I. machine-mind stared up at the sky, like a painter, and then dreamt about what it had seen? Anadol and his studio amassed a vast visual archive of over 13 million photographs of clouds processed through a set of custom-designed algorithms. The machine’s hallucinations are generated from millions of different vantage points, and thus represent the communal memory and consciousness of a collective body of sky observers, like Van Gogh. Anadol clustered these memories,like clouds, into an explorable three-dimensional data universe presented on two large-scale LED screens; the moving digital paintings exhibit swirling pixels in an atmosphere of pure color.

Photos courtesy of Panic Studio LA.

"Friendly Skies" by Diana Thater
North Window | On View Starting Summer 2021

Since the early 1990s, Diana Thater has created pioneering film, video and architectural installations that emphasize the tensions between our natural environment and mediated reality, and by extension, between tamed and wild and science and magic. At LAX, she will cover a massive window bank at the north end ofthe building with a photograph by T. Kelly Mason of clouds over Los Angeles captured from an airplane as it approached the city. Her installation freezes the windows in a forever holding pattern of daylight and establishes a new, celestial dimension of space and time woven between the sky outside and the air inside the terminal. The seamless interaction of these three distinct, yet friendly, skies suggests apeaceful coexistence for travelers from all around the world to bask in.

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