Four art-filled days in Los Angeles. Museum tours, gallery walks, studio visits, and rare access to private collections. Plus a dinner party worthy of Peggy Guggenheim herself.
You’ve been to good parties before. Even great ones—but nothing like this. You could be in Salvador Dalí’s Parisian garret, drinking with Stein and the Surrealists. Or in Peggy Guggenheim’s Venetian villa, its walls groaning with Mirós and Cezannes. You’re wearing something gorgeous and decadent, feeling part of an immersive theater piece about the world’s greatest dinner party. And who’s to say you’re not? All you know for sure is you’re buzzing with something—maybe it’s the art, the champagne, the music—or the electricity of Los Angeles itself.
With you is Matt Bernstein, The Battery’s Director of Art and manager of visual arts programming. His hand-curated itinerary will give you access to some of the city’s great private art collections. Matt will show you a different Los Angeles, the home to more museums than anywhere else in the country, plus some 200 galleries and scores of public installations and murals.
Everywhere you look, there’s art hiding in plain sight: in hotel foyers and garages, mobile trailers and freeway barriers. Thousands of artists have flocked to LA from the ends of the earth and found their own personal end of the rainbow. And just like them, you’ll never want to leave.
Battery Travel isn’t just about going places — it’s about changing how you see the world.
Engage all your senses. Breathe in the eucalyptus-scented air on a canyon hike. Savor iconic Art Deco beauty downtown. Eat at LA's top restaurants. Or lounge by the pool with a maitake-flavored cocktail.
Immerse yourself in contemporary LA art with Matt Bernstein, Director of Art at The Battery, who will give you insider access to the work of Justin John Green, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, John Houck, Leslie Shows, Chris Lux and Chris Engman, and the expansive collections of Andrew Teufel and Danny First.
This trip is for anybody who loves culture, design and especially art. Plus anybody who wants to revel in the beauty of the absurd, at our own Surrealist-inspired supper club dinner.
“People don’t live in Los Angeles because we are tied to the same old, same old. We live in Los Angeles because of the intoxicating energy of new beginnings that permeate our city.” — Marianne Williamson
"The great Nietzsche told us to live dangerously. In Los Angeles there is no alternative." — Robert Winter and David Gebhard
We believe the world has a lot to offer beyond our building’s walls. Battery Travel is a collection of expertly curated experiences in the world’s most extraordinary destinations. Each experience is designed to change how you see the world and to create lasting connections within our community and beyond.
Explore the thriving contemporary art scene of Los Angeles, from rare access to private collections of Luis De Jesus and Danny First and studio visits to VIP tours of LA's top museums. Talk shop with emerging artists and dynamic collectors.
Welcome to Los Angeles! After arriving throughout the day, we’ll convene in the afternoon for a first taste of what’s to come. First, we’ll visit MOCA with Matt in the thrumming heart of downtown LA. Then it’s off to West Hollywood for a private tour of artist-collector Danny First’s modernist home. Explore the infamous Cabin, a backyard exhibition space for emerging artists built on the exact dimensions of the Montana cabin where Unabomber Ted Kaczynski holed up for decades. Cocktail hour finds us back at the NoMad, rubbing elbows with a mix of creative downtown denizens and a dizzying array of cocktails from the hotel’s four separate bars, before enjoying our own private welcome dinner.
The early birds among us can opt to start off the morning Angeleno-style, saluting the sun and bringing our bodies and souls into alignment at a downtown LA yoga studio. After returning to the hotel to freshen up, we’ll head out for the day, beginning at Marciano Art Foundation, where we’ll get a private tour before it’s even open to the public and see some of the next contemporary masterpieces.
Following a fresh seasonal lunch at contemporary bistro Manuela, we’ll go on a walk-through of Hauser & Wirth. This gallery in the burgeoning Arts District blends art and architecture in a vibrant communal space. We’ll go on our final gallery walk of the day, featuring Night Gallery, Francois Ghebaly, Mistake Room and The Box. Our last stop is at Susanne Vielmetter’s gallery to meet with Paul Mpagi Sepuya whose work features in The Battery’s collection. Finally, with sunset cocktails in hand, we toast our fellow travelers and the magnificent LA skyline. Dinner is on our own to explore the city more and reflect on the highlights of the day.
We’ll begin the day with another optional ‘when in LA’ morning activity: a hike in Griffith Park. The largest park in the city boasts 53 miles of trails winding through woodlands and canyons, past native California oak and walnut trees, lilac and sagebrush. It’s an opportunity to get a new perspective on the city. We dive back into the art scene at Battery Member Andrew Teufel’s private collection. Admire his beautiful works of surrealism—plus get in some research for our incredible dinner this evening! We then head across town to the Hammer Museum for a VIP curator’s tour. We’ll eat lunch at the museum’s restaurant, Audrey, which features elegant Mid-Century style and decadent seasonal fare.
Culver City is our next destination to embark on an epic gallery walk, taking in works by Anat Ebgi, Honor Fraser, and Blum + Poe. We’ll break before evening to prepare our costumes and channel our inner surrealists for tonight’s main event. Get ready for an unabashedly decadent, art-filled dinner party just for us, courtesy of Disco Dining Club hostess Christine Nicholson, whose glittering bacchanalias are to Los Angeles today what Studio 54 was to New York City in the 1970s.
We’ll start the morning with a leisurely, Bloody Mary-filled brunch at the hotel before a final studio visit and heading to the home of Luis De Jesus and Jay Wingate. Known primarily as art dealers, our private tour of their Baldwin Hills residence will give us a chance to marvel at their personal collection. After that, it will be time to say goodbye to our new friends and head to the airport, our souls replenished, our minds brimming with new ideas and new visions.
Staying at a hotel in Los Angeles almost always feels like stepping back in time. Rarer and more lovely is the opportunity to feel like you’re moving forward at the same time.
With its Doric columns and ornate marble floors, the new twelve-story NoMad enjoyed a storied past life as the opulent local headquarters of the Bank of Italy. Painstaking restoration has kept that European heritage intact.
The gold-wrapped coffee bar (by day) and aperitivo bar (by night) was modeled after a 300-year-old Venetian cafe. The library, with its cozy dark wood and stuffed peacocks and pheasants, is pure Old World. But head to the rooftop bar for poolside cocktails and shimmering views of the city below, and you’ll know you couldn’t be anywhere but downtown LA, right here, right now.
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Three nights at the exquisite NoMad Hotel in downtown LA; exclusive VIP gallery access and tours; private travel for all day trips and excursions; private tours with local guides and cultural experts; entrance fees; daily breakfasts, lunches and two dinners; local beverages with meals; departure airport transfer; gratuities for local staff.
Roundtrip airfare to Los Angeles; travel insurance; transportation to the trip's starting point; activities not included in the trip itinerary; hotel incidentals including room service, laundry service and hotel bar tabs; food and beverage not included in itinerary; gratuity for tour leader.
We recommend you arrive at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in Los Angeles, California, on or before October 24, 2019 at 10am. You must be at the meeting spot in downtown LA at 12:00pm. On the last day of our adventure, we will take a complimentary private group transfer to LAX. Your flight home should depart at 4pm or later from LAX on October 27, 2019.
We limit the group to no more than 20 fellow Battery Members, their family and friends, and your Modern Adventure team. Our experiences are fun and inclusive and you can expect to be joined by a diverse group in terms of age, background and interests - including solo travelers, couples and friends traveling together. This adventure is for travelers aged 21 and above.
This trip is led by an expert Modern Adventure Trip Leader. They are an experienced travel guide, a representative of Modern Adventure and the person to go to with questions or concerns on the trip. We'l be joined throughout our adventure by local, expert guides who are deeply knowledgeable with respects to the activities and experiences that are included and are passionate about sharing that with us.
Yes, pre and post stays and experiences are available. After a booking has been made our concierge team is more than happy to discuss and share options and coordinate additional hotel stays, activities or multi-day itineraries.
Prices are based on double occupancy. If you wish to share a room, select ‘Single: Willing to Share’ at check out. Modern Adventure will pair you up with a roommate of the same gender. If you are a solo traveler and prefer to have your own accommodations, an $800 supplement will apply at checkout; these spots are very limited due to the type of accommodations on our adventure and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
US citizens and residents should check the TSA's website for requirements and acceptable ID for domestic air travel. Some State issued IDs may no longer meet TSA standards. If you are a non-US citizen traveling to California, visit the US Consulate or Embassy for requirements and information about passports and visas.
You may cancel on or before July 20, 2019 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel between July 21 and August 24, 2019 there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after August 25 there is a 100% cancellation fee. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance as we are not able to make exceptions to this policy in cases of family/medical emergency or in cases of the trip being cancelled (See our Terms and Conditions for full details).