March 29 through August 13, 2017

Ever since the debut of railroads, whether for passenger or freight service, many have been "romanced by the rails." Artists, photographers, and countless others have tried their hands at making their own rendition of railroad art and culture. Curators Michael Patris and Steve Crise of the Mount Lowe Preservation Society celebrate the history and beauty of railroads through art.

#40 at Speed by Yoko Mazza

Red Car Line – Venice, California by Harold Edward Lanfair

The Art of Getting There: Railroad Inspired Artistry includes paintings, photography, lithography, carvings, and sculpture created from steel rail stimuli. Objects from the extensive archives of the Mount Lowe Preservation Society Collection are also on display. In addition, several unique and amazing railroad inspired artworks from private collections are on view. Nineteenth century to contemporary railroad art are exhibited, including a few pieces created specifically for this exhibit.

Through this railroad art, The Art of Getting There celebrates the technical innovation and artistry of the railway.

Concurrent Exhibition

Art in the Street: 25 Years of the Pasadena Chalk Festival (March 29 through August 13) commemorates the silver anniversary of the Pasadena Chalk Festival. The annual festival is one of the area's most popular arts attractions. The creation and installation of chalk murals, some of which are site specific, and chalk drawing demonstrations are featured in this exhibit. Read more...

Masquerade Party by Gloria Ing & Team

Images: Yoko Mazza. #40 at Speed, 2013. Oil on canvas, 24 x 36 inches. Courtesy of artist; Harold Edward Lanfair (1898 – 1981). Red Car Line – Venice, California, circa late 1930s. Watercolor,  22” x 28” (framed). Loan from the collection of Tom Spellman; Gloria Ing & Team, Masquerade Party, 2016. Photo by Brian Biery.