LACMA & Petersen Automotive Museum – Miracle Mile Tour

Emily Lytle-Painter, Independent, USA

Miracle Mile Tour

Join us on the Miracle Mile for a behind-the-scenes tour of the brand new Petersen Automotive Museum, which reopened December 2015 with a new building and completely reinstalled galleries, and a visit to LACMA, including a peek at the Art + Technology Lab, and a curator-led tour of one of LACMA’s most unique collections.

This tour requires 14 people to run.

9am: Meet in the Millennium Biltmore lobby to catch the bus to the Miracle Mile

10-11am: Arrive at the Petersen, begin private tour of the Petersen’s legendary Vault
More than one hundred of the Petersen’s most-treasured cars will be uncovered for this tour – from the Popemobile to Saddam Hussein’s limousine – many of which have never been on public display. Visit the museum’s fully-functional garage and learn how we care for (and exercise) this wonderful collection.

11am-12pm: Explore the Petersen Galleries
After a recent $125m overhaul, the Petersen has become a 21st century museum, with interactive touch screens on every floor. Interested parties can hear a short talk about how these interactives are being used by our visitors, including data results and best practices. Everyone on the tour is welcome to explore the museum’s galleries, race on the Forza simulators, and build their own rides with help from Pixar’s Cars.

12-1pm: Lunch in LACMA’s Art + Tech Lab
We will convene across the street for a boxed lunch in LACMA’s Art + Technology Lab, followed by a short presentation about the first two years of the Art + Tech program by Amy Heibel and Joel Ferree. Relaunched in 2014, the Lab provides grants to artists to work with the museum to develop prototype projects that engage emerging technology.

1-2pm: Curator Tour of LACMA’s extraordinary contemporary Islamic collection
The afternoon will continue with a curator-led exhibition walk-through in Islamic Art Now, Part 2. This groundbreaking installation showcases recent acquisitions of new work by artists from or with roots in the Middle East, including Iran, the Arab world, Turkey, and Azerbaijan. LACMA has recently invested in building the collection of such work, drawing connections between past and present, and between artists from different geographic and cultural origins.

2-4pm: Explore LACMA Galleries
Enjoy time on LACMA’s campus to view more than 2000 works of art on view from the encyclopedic collection, visit exhibitions of Robert Mapplethorpe or Diana Thater, view monumental outdoor sculpture or venture into picturesque Hancock Park for a visit to the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum or the Craft and Folk Art Museum across the street.

4pm: Load on the bus at LACMA and head back to the hotel.