Four art-filled days in Los Angeles. Murals, gallery walks, studio visits. Unparalleled access to private collections. And 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 in 1929, 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 Matthew Bernstein, The Battery’s Director of Art and manager of visual arts programming. His hand-curated itinerary will give you unparalleled access to some of the city’s — make that the world’s — most highly sought after private collections. Matthew 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.
Disneyland and Universal Studios are just down the street, but they might as well be on the moon. 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. Order a farmer’s market-inspired persimmon- or maitake-flavored cocktail.
Immerse yourself in the world of contemporary art, talking shop with collectors, gallerists, curators, and the artists themselves.
Tap into the mystique, joy, and irreverence of life through a Surrealist-inspired theatrical supper club experience. Revel in the beauty of the absurd.
“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.
Matt Bernstein is the Director of Art at The Battery, where he programs extensive ongoing visual arts programming for members in and outside of the Club. In addition, he manages the acquisitions and curation of The Battery’s art collection.
Explore the thriving contemporary art scene of Los Angeles, from street murals to studio visits and private collections. Talk shop with emerging artists and dynamic collectors.
Welcome to Los Angeles! After arriving in the morning and checking into the NoMad, we’ll convene in the afternoon for a first taste of what’s to come. Check out a few studio and collection visits in the thrumming heart of downtown LA until cocktail hour finds us back at the hotel. We’ll be rubbing elbows with hipsters, models, and screenwriters as we choose among a dizzying array of vintage and contemporary cocktails from the hotel’s four separate bars, before enjoying our own private welcome dinner.
The early birds among us may opt to start off the morning Angeleno-style, saluting the sun and bringing our bodies and souls into alignment at a nearby yoga studio. After returning to the hotel to freshen up, we’ll head out for the day, beginning with a gallery walk to the nearby Night Gallery and Francis Ghebaly. We’ll break for lunch, then head to East-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, plotting his crimes. Next, we’ll head over to firebrand collector Stefan Simchowitz’s home, a Mecca for today’s contemporary art lovers. Dinner tonight will be on our own, at one of the tapas bars, hot chicken joints, or Filipino fusion restaurants that have turned LA’s downtown into a culinary destination.
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 reflect on what we’ve seen thus far and get a new perspective on the city. We’ll head off to Culver City for lunch, then embark on an epic gallery walk, taking in works by Susanne Vielmetter, Buis de Jesus, Anat Ebgi, Honor Fraser, and Blum + Poe. We’ll break before evening to prepare our costumes 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 heading to the Hammer Museum for a curator’s tour. 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.
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, 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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Six nights at unique four-star accommodations; private travel for all day trips and excursions; departure airport transfer; private tours with local guides and cultural experts; exclusive VIP access and tastings; guided activities, adventures, and expeditions; entrance fees; daily breakfasts, most lunches and dinners; local beverages with meals; gratuities for local staff.
International roundtrip airfare; 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 limit the group to no more than 20 fellow Battery members, their family and friends, and a few Modern Adventure staff members. You can expect to be joined by a range of fellow travelers in terms of age, background, and configuration — including solo travelers, couples and friends traveling together. Our experiences are about being fun and inclusive. Our typical trip is recommended for travelers age 18 and above, with an absolute minimum being decided on a trip-by-trip basis.
You may cancel up to 96 days prior to the scheduled departure date and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel between 95 and 61 days in advance, there is a 50% cancellation fee on all payments made. Within 60 days of departure, there is a 100% cancellation fee. (See our Terms and Conditions for full details)
Yes, there is a $1,200 supplement for solo travelers, to be paid at the time of booking to secure a private room during the adventure. If you would like Modern Adventure to pair you with a roommate, that option may be available upon checkout — these spots are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
US citizens are not required to have a visa for tourist visits to Mexico but are required to show a valid US passport. It is recommended that your passport be valid for six months after your travels are over. On arrival in the airport, you will be issued a visitor’s permit, known as a FMM (Forma Migratoria Múltiple). For citizens of other countries, please check with the Mexico embassy or consulate for information and requirements.
We recommend you arrive at the Oaxaca International Airport (OAX) on or before Sunday, November 3, 2019. You must be at the meeting spot at noon on Monday, November 4, 2019. On the last day of this adventure, we will take a complimentary private group transfer to OAX in the morning, arriving by approximately 2pm. Your flight home should depart at 4pm or later on November 9, 2019.
You can expect a warm climate in Oaxaca during our time there. The average temperatures are quite pleasant, with highs in the 80s and lows in the 50s. Oaxaca occasionally receives rain during the month of November; otherwise, we expect warm and sunny weather.
Layering is the best option for the daily temperature changes and types of activities on this trip. We recommend bringing casual short- and long-sleeve layers (lightweight tees, shirts, pants, dresses, and shorts). We suggest cotton and other natural, breathable fabrics. Comfortable walking shoes are essential — sneakers, sandals, sport sandals, or cool open-toed flat shoes. We do suggest bringing a light jacket as well as a raincoat, just in case. A full packing list is included in your pre-trip information.