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The Art of CicLAvia
Mon, 17 Jun 2013 17:34:35 -0800
Los Angeles will be graced with another CicLAvia on Sunday, June 23rd, just a few days away. This one's a bit shorter, reaching from One Wilshire on the west side of Downtown to Fairfax Avenue, the western border of the Miracle Mile and, significantly, Museum Row.

Museum Row also nurtures a number of galleires, and since this edition of Cic:Avia is focussed on art and architecture along Wilshire boulevard—and since it is Bicycle Fixation's home neighborhood—we decided to see how many of the excellent private galleries would be open that Sunday, and to see whether we could persuade the ones that weren't already opening to do so. After all, it's likely that over a hundred thousand very happy people will be milling around the area looking for something to do.

And since the CicLAvia is sponsored in part by the Getty, and ends in front of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, they will be particularly receptive to any gallery's offerings.

Well, galleries are oddly conservative businesses even when their art is radical, but we managed to convince two of the biggest to open, and a number of others either were already planning to do so, or open on Sundays as a matter of course—as does LACMA.

So here's the list of Miracle Mile art establishments that you can enjoy after riding, strolling, or skating down Wilshire from the city center—or, if you live on the west side, before you start your passage.

Ace Gallery
5514 Wilshire Blvd, at Burnside
Located in a fine old Art Deco tower, of which it occupies the entire second floor, Ace is one of the finest private galleries in Los Angeles, and is not to be missed!

A+D Architecture & Design Museum
6032 Wilshire Blvd, at Orange Grove (across from LACMA)
The current exhibit is, appropriately, titled "Windshield Perspective," and explores how car culture (mis)shaped LA

Craft & Folk Art Museum
5814 Wilshire Blvd, at Curson
Long ago it incorporated a restaurant and was known as "The Egg and the Eye"; now it concentrates on vernacular art of every sort

Korean Cultural Center
5505 Wilshire Blvd, at Dunsmuir
Enter by either front or back door to view multiple exhibits detailing the art and culture of the Korean people, from ancient to contemporary

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd—you won't miss it!
A huge complex of buildings housing every sort of art imaginable, with a particularly fine collection of American art, including modern work

Petersen Automotive Museum
6060 Wilshire Blvd, at Fairfax
Build up a case of cognitive dissonance by browsing displays of overwrought motorcars on a car-free day!

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