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L.A. Library System Goes Meta in New Art Exhibit

The Arroyo Seco Branch
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The Los Angeles Public Library's latest art exhibit is an examination of itself. ”Tomorrow’s Libraries Today: Rebuilding the Los Angeles Public Library" takes a cue from Walt Whitman by celebrating itself. On display at the City Hall Bridge Gallery are artist renderings of libraries built in the 20-year branch re-construction program, which included nine new libraries in neighborhoods formally without them.

This could be an architectural nerd's feast as the collection consists of the diverse types of libraries built, including classical Beaux-Arts, Craftsman, Modernist, Spanish Revival and Contemporary Asian with notable architects such as Michael Graves, Steven Ehrlich and Barton Phelps.

The exhibit is on display at the Los Angeles City Hall Bridge Gallery, 201 N. Main St., through January 22, 2010. The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular hours, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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