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Is Los Angeles stealing the thunder of New York's art world? Contemporary art is prospering here with a new intensity as big names/big resources flourish alongside scrappy artists/activists—all focused on new models of arts engagement. 

With its staggering creative resources including mega art collectors, dealers and homegrown superstars in art, sports, entertainment, and culture, LA's potential as a major arts destination has been surprisingly elusive, in part because it remains so challenging to navigate. The region’s vast sprawl and formidable traffic generate discomfort, requiring complex coordination to see multiple isolated arts venues in a day. Leave the driving and organizing to us as we explore this new global art capital together.

For the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation’s inaugural trip, we will explore the best of LA's art, food, and entertainment scene from the West Side to Downtown and back again in our private luxury coach. Visit top art exhibits at major institutions, unique little-known arts destinations, a range of galleries (from mega-dealers to small indies), and as-time-permits visits with artists and collectors. We will enjoy fabulous chef-driven restaurants and a Broadway musical in Hollywood, all from our home at the beautifully-restored, centrally-located Roosevelt Hotel, set amidst Hollywood's dazzle

Day 1:  Thursday, November 7

Guided Tour @ Getty Center
Lunch @ Audrey @ The Hammer
Curator-led Tour of Lari Pittman and Max Hooper Schneider exhibits @ The Hammer
Private Visit of Edward and Nancy Kienholz exhibit @ LA Louver
Welcome Dinner @ Birdie G, Santa Monica

Day 2: Friday, November 8
Private Tour @ Corita Art Center
Guided visit with UCI Art Historian & Professor Bridget Cooks for the Betya Saar Exhibit and Julie Mehretu @ LACMA
Tour with Deputy Director Sophia Belsheim @ Mark Bradford’s Art + Practice
Japan House
Hidden Speakeasy Cocktail + Dinner @ 25 Degrees, Hollywood Roosevelt
Donna Summer The Musical @ Hollywood Pantages

Day 3 – Saturday, November 9
Nayland Blake: No Wrong Holes @ ICA
Lunch @ Grand Central Market
Hauser & Wirth
With Pleasure: Pattern & Decoration Movement special exhibit @ MOCA
Guided tour of Shirin Neshat and the Kusama Infinity Room @ The Broad
Dinner @ Bavel in downtown LA

Day 4 – Sunday, November 10
Guided Tour @ Marciano Art Foundation
Farewell Lunch at Park’s BBQ - top Korean BBQ
The Underground Museum
Private Collection Visit


Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA)—A small downtown LA museum that aims to be revelatory, showcasing compelling but underappreciated artists: EXHIBIT - 1993 Venice Biennale participant and multidisciplinary artist Nayland Blake: No Wrong Holes" and current art star: Sadie Barnett.

Hammer Museum - UCLA - West Side –one of LA’s top museums and the go-to venue to see the work of future art starsEXHIBIT: UCLA professor and painter Lari Pittman- Curator/docent tour - and little-known Angeleno Max Hooper Schneider's first museum solo show featuring dystopian vitrines juxtaposing the artificial and the natural with a flair for the theatrical and surreal.

The Getty Center - Manet and Modern Beauty -late works by Edouard Manet, "the founding father of modern art,” according to critic Peter Schjeldahl — a luscious and vivid view of Parisian culture, flowers, and fashion.  Also, True Grit - American photographs 1900 - 1950 from the Getty collection. This West Side cultural behemoth is a must-see art stop in LA.

The Broad - Downtown - Private Museum founded by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad - EXHIBIT - Shirin Neshat, "I will Greet the Sun Again" Docent tour - the largest exhibition of Iranian artist Neshat's 30-year career in photography and video (four galleries) and a collaboration with Philip Glass, plus highlights of the Broad's outstanding contemporary art collection. 

Marciano Art Foundation - Midtown/Koreatown- private collector's museum established by the co-founders of Guess, Maurice Marciano, and Paul Marciano. - Donna Huanca Obsidian Ladder - painting, sound, scent and performance art - we will see a live performance in this installation. Anna Udenberg - Prive - sculptures depicting common objects converted for sex use that she calls "Pervertables."Also experience a diverse range of California artists in the collection, an excellent selection of 40 top works by top artists and a Yayoi Kusama red polka dot installation.

The Underground Museum - Downtown/Southeast - alternative art space/installation in urban storefront founded by the late artist Noah Davis featuring African-American artists. A must-see Los Angeles art experience

California African American Museum (CAAM) - Downtown - underrated showstopper museum - a don't-miss LA gem - we'll explore LA Blacksmith - works in metal - historic to contemporary by African Americans curated by Jill Moniz; "Dust My Broom" southern vernacular from the permanent collection - assemblage, quilts, painting, sculpture, textile including newly acquired and historic artworks by African Americans; Angeleno artist Timothy Washington: Citizen/Ship - patriotism mixed with Afro-futuristic vision

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) - Midtown - Julie Mehretu, a mid-career survey of this art-star painter's large-scale abstract and figurative works; Betye Saar - career survey of this ground-breaking Angeleno artist's assemblage and sculpture, including her sketchbooks.

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) - Downtown - "With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972 - 1985".  First scholarly Survey of this important movement featuring many LA-area artists.

Art + Practice - Midtown south  - Angeleno art star Mark Bradford's art foundation and arts space providing internships, housing, classes and guidance to LA's foster youth -- Stephen Towns Rumination and a Reckoning - master quilter's exploration of stories of rebellions and installation "Birth of a Nation." Ramsess The Gathering - mural scale quilt based on The Last Supper memorializing Trayvon Martin

Japan House - Hollywood and Highland- unique gallery/restaurant/library sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, featuring Japanese artists, food and culture. We will visit this exciting store-front gallery in the shopping center across the street from our hotel to see the latest exhibit.

Corita Art Center - Hollywood
- visit to this art center celebrating the amazing Vietnam-War era pop artwork of the late Sister Corita Kent - view the permanent collection and purchase prints.

Museum of Contemporary Art - With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972 - 85

LA Galleries - we will visit a few galleries based on the exhibits that will be showing in November, including Hauser and Wirth's lifestyle complex in downtown LA, Spruth Magers, Gagosian, Zwirner, Kordansky, Blum and Poe, as well as smaller galleries like Maccarone, Regen Projects, Jenny, Walter Maciel, Anat Ebgi, Honor Fraser, M+B, etc.  We may visit a private collection and an artist studio once our schedule is determined.


Performance: Broadway in Hollywood - "Summer - the Donna Summer Musical" - tickets to see this Broadway musical about Summer's meteoric rise to pop stardom, featuring 20 Summer hits, at the majestic Hollywood Pantages theatre. Disco attire encouraged.


Double Room- $2250 per person
Single Room- $2500 per person

Includes three nights luxury accommodations at The Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, orchestra tickets for "Summer-The Donna Summer Musical", three dinners, two lunches, ground transportation in private coach including airport pick-up and drop-off, all fees, entrances, honoraria and gratuities except at the hotel. Airfare not included. Cancellations received before October 1, 2019, will be reimbursed minus a non-refundable $100 cancellation fee plus any non-recoverable expenses unless a replacement can be found. No refunds for cancellations after October 2, 2019. Travel insurance is strongly advised.

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