Union Station Art: ‘Cabinet of Curiosities'

The multi-week show is all about mystery and miniature worlds.

Catching glimpses of interesting scenarios and day-to-day conversations while strolling through a train station, or from your seat on the train, is a common occurrence. 

Of course, you're not the sole viewer of such scenes, thanks to hundreds of other people also rushing by or riding alongside you. Union Station will change up that multi-person paradigm, though, via a new art exhibit, one that's all about a single person enjoying a single artwork, with no other viewers looking in.

It's an intriguing premise, one that captures the larger intrigue at the heart of "Cabinet of Curiosities." The exhibit, which opens on Sunday, Aug. 7, features pieces by several Los Angeles artists, pieces that must be viewed through a peephole.

Indeed, this means that the miniature-world artwork can only have but one admirer at a time, which is quite different from the bustling world of a station, where several people are possibly looking in the same direction at once.

The Grand Waiting Room will serve as the exhibit's home during its Aug. 7 through Aug. 31 run.

Whimsy and mystery rule the notion of cabinets of curiosities, which roots in the 16th century. Collections of odd or fascinating tidbits, or universes presented in wee form, were just two of the ways this particular art genre played out (and still plays out today).

Have time before your train? Dip into the new Union Station experience, one that brings a singular focus to an offbeat tableau.

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It's a different way to approach a busy, sometimes crowded train station, a place where you're never the sole viewer of a single scene.

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