Posts Tagged: Petersen Automotive Museum

The New Petersen Is Like __________

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Kohn Pederson Fox’s redesign of the Petersen Automotive Museum opens today. Its exterior is [like]… “the Guy Fieri of buildings” —Marissa Gluck, Curbed L.A. “a nightclub… More ›

Petersen Reopens

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Don’t let the garish exterior of the Petersen Automotive Museum throw you. Inside it’s a temple to curves of extreme refinement. The updated Petersen (opening Monday Dec. 7) has a new… More ›

Fall Preview 2015

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The Broad’s Sep. 20 opening (ticketing starts today) will command local and global arts coverage attention this fall. But there will a lot more happening. Start across Grand Avenue. Beginning… More ›

The Petersen Shows Its Stripes

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Is the new Petersen Automotive Museum (by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates) too Vegas for the Pritzker-ified Museum Mile? You can begin to judge for yourself, as most of the Petersen’s stainless… More ›

Petersen Crowdfunds a 3-Wheel Weirdmobile

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It’s a car! It’s a couch! No, it’s the 1948 Davis Divan. The Petersen Automotive Museum has launched an IndieGogo campaign to raise $30,000 for the restoration of its three-wheeled… More ›

Petersen’s Bulldog Sent to a Good Home

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Since its opening the Petersen Automotive Museum has had a replica of the Bulldog Cafe that once sold tamales and ice cream at 1153 Washington Blvd, Culver City. The real Bulldog Cafe, a prime example… More ›

LACMA Buys a 1963 Studebaker Avanti

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LACMA’s “Unframed” blog reports that the museum has acquired its first automobile, a 1963 Studebaker Avanti formerly owned by its designer, Raymond Loewy. Another Avanti, also a… More ›

The Petersen’s Architecture as Camouflage

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The Petersen Automotive Museum has released high-res renderings of its Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates Associates redesign. As promised, the overall form looks like a car from certain angles. I imagine… More ›

Programmatic Architecture Gone Wild 2

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The Petersen Automotive Museum has released images of a possible new design by House & Robertson Architects. Yes, it looks like a car, with stainless steel (“sculptural”?) ribbons…. More ›

Petersen Selling a Third of the Collection

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Do the rules of deaccessioning apply to a car museum? The L.A. Times reports that the Petersen Automotive Museum is in the midst of selling off “nearly a third of its cache of about 400 classic… More ›

Never Learning from Las Vegas

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Once again, the Petersen Automotive Museum is worried that its Wilshire building, which sports gigantic tail fins, doesn’t look enough like a car. From the Orange County Register: “The… More ›

Acquisition News: Manny, Moe, and Jack

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Before there was Ron Mueck, there was Manny, Moe, and Jack—colossal fiberglass caricatures of men of a certain age, a little too realistic not to be creepy. MM&J are the commercial mascots of… More ›

How the Petersen Got Its Grill

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Last year I wrote about the Petersen Automotive Museum board’s concern that its facade may be too subtle—that too few passers-by realize it’s a car museum. In case you’re one of… More ›

Programmatic Architecture Gone Wild

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The Petersen Automotive Museum is celebrating a $100 million gift (in property, cars, and cash) from co-founder Margie Petersen. Among the plans for the money: to do something about the… More ›