The Art of CicLAvia

The Pigeon Faithful must be more than usual happy to be riding in tomorrow’s CicLAvia, for—like NELA’s monthly art Spoke(n) Art Rides, the June 23rd CicLAvia is centered on art and architecture.

Indeed, with plenty of significant buildings in styles ranging from Art Deco to Postmodern, the Wilshire Boulevard route is well-suited to its theme.

And at Museum Row at the western end, in the Miracle Mile, CicLAvia’s rollers and strollers will find themselves in an artworld paradise.

Since we live in the Mile, love bikes, and love art, we made the rounds of the local galleries hoping to persuade a few of them to open on a Sunday for the event. Some were already opening that day, and some opened their eyes to the possibilities and chose to staff up for the occasion. So here’s a list:

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|AMP|mdash;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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