Exhibitions & Events at a Glance
September 3 Discovery Day- Race Car Design
September 3 Bruce Meyer Gallery- Phil Hill: A Life In Cars
September 20 Gallery Talk- Mods and Rockers
October 1 Discovery Day- Halloween Special! AutoBingo and Treats
October 29 Automotive Authors Book Fair at the Petersen
November 5 Discovery Day- Turkey Crafts
November 10 Tribute Night- Phil Hill
November 12 Art Wall- The CARtoons of Pete Millar
December 3 Petersen Garage Sale and Swap Meet
December 3 CARnival Family Fun Day
January 4 Curator's Tour- Scooters: Size Doesn't Always Matter
February 29 Bruce Meyer Gallery- 1932 Ford
Feb 29-Mar 3 Deuce Week
Through Feb 5, 2012 Supercars: When Too Much Is Almost Enough
Through May 28, 2012 Scooters: Size Doesn't Always Matter
PHIL HILL: THE LIFE OF A LEGEND
September 3 through November 27, 2011
Bruce Meyer Gallery
Few motorsports icons command greater respect than Phil Hill, but his accomplishments did not stop with winning auto races. In addition to being the world's first and only American-born Formula 1 champion, he was a student of automobile history, an accomplished mechanic, a classic car restorer, a skilled photographer, and a family man. Created in collaboration with Phil's son Derek, the Petersen Automotive Museum's Phil Hill tribute exhibition will take a revealing look into the life and work of this racing legend interpreted through artifacts ranging from the vehicles he raced to the clothes he wore.
THE ARTWORK OF PETE MILLAR
Opens November 12, 2011
This exhibition will feature original illustrations of satirical cartoonist Pete Millar, best known for his hot rod and drag racing comics of the 1950s and 1960s. Originally an engineer before changing careers, Millar created Rod and Custom's famous cartoon mascot, Arin Cee, and oversaw the creation and development of CARtoons Magazine and Drag Cartoons, publications that are now highly collectible.
HOT RODDING ICON: 1932 FORD
Bruce Meyer Gallery
February 29 through March 25, 2012
As part of Deuce Week and to celebrate 80 years of the 1932 Ford, the Petersen Automotive Museum will also display several iconic Deuces in the Bruce Meyer Gallery. Vehicles on display will include winners of America's Most Beautiful Roadster, 1932 ford race cars, vintage hot rods, and modern high-tech street rods.
Car Activities & L.A. BookPALS
First Saturday of every month, 1-4pm
Join us on the first Saturday of each month for arts and crafts, and at 2:30pm, actors from L.A. BookPALS read stories. The program is included in Museum general admission. Call 323-964-6308 for more information. Future topics include:
September 3, 2011 Race Car Designs
Show off your wacky personality by drawing on a mini race car!
October 1, 2011 Halloween Special! AutoBingo & Treats
Join us for some fiendish fun as we play Automotive Bingo!
November 5, 2011 Turkey Crafts
Thanksgiving will be turkey-ful with these turkey crafts!
December 3, 2011 CARnival
Join us for many fun activities in our 5th annual CARnival Family Fun Day!
GALLERY TALK: MODS & ROCKERS
Tuesday, September 20, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
Gordon R. Howard Gallery
The "Mod" youth movement thrived in England in the early 1960s and was characterized by an appreciation of modern music, flashy continental style, and scooters. "Rockers" of that era rode motorcycles, wore denim and leather, and loved rock 'n' roll. The two groups famously came into conflict with one another in the cult film Quadrophenia. Join special guests Tom Ingram, a British rocker and founder of the Viva Las Vegas rockabilly festival, and Michael Burns, long-time fixture of the California Mod scene, for a discussion of the history and influence of Mods and Rockers and how the cultures are still thriving today. Call 323-964-6347, email email@example.com for more information or to RSVP.
AUTOMOTIVE AUTHORS BOOK FAIR AT THE PETERSEN
Saturday, October 29, 2011, 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Join us for a fun and informative day with your favorite automotive authors! Over a dozen top automotive authors will be on hand to present their latest books and speak about their experiences creating their work. The presentations will be followed by an autograph session. This event is included with General Admission ticket.
Phil Hill: An American Champion
Thursday, November 10, 2011, 5:30 p.m.
Celebrate the exciting life and successful career of race car driver and restorer Phil Hill. Have dinner and cocktails with other racing legends as they speak about their interactions with Phil both on and off the track. See a short film of vintage racing footage. Bid on priceless racing memorabilia, and preview the vehicles in Bonhams and Butterfields California Classic Auction Saturday, November 12. Go to www.petersen.org for additional details.
PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM GARAGE SALE AND SWAP MEET
Saturday, December 3, 2010, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Petersen Parking Structure
Now is your chance to buy some of the vehicles, props, parts, store products and duplicate literature that is no longer needed here at the Museum. Museum members will also have booths set up to sell items and vehicles from their personal collections as well. Find that missing part for your exotic, classic, or muscle car or motorcycle, buy a Christmas gift for the auto enthusiast in your life, or purchase a restoration project, or drive home in the car of your dreams! While you are here, learn how to properly detail your car at the Griot's Garage car care seminars going on all day! Griot's garage is the Official Car Care Product Provider of the Petersen Automotive Museum.
CURATOR'S TOUR - SCOOTERS: SIZE DOESN'T ALWAYS MATTER
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
7:30 p.m. Gordon R. Howard Gallery
Join Petersen Automotive Museum Curator Leslie Kendall as he guides you through Scooters to explore the unique two-wheeled vehicles that have spawned cult-like followings in some countries and mobilized others. Reservations recommended for all programs. Call 323-964-6347, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to www.petersen.org for more information.
Wednesday, February 29 -Saturday, March 3, 2012
The streets of Los Angeles' Miracle Mile will once again resonate with the sounds of finely tuned V-8s when the Petersen Automotive Museum celebrates the 80th Anniversary of hot rodding's most popular car, the 1932 Ford, during Deuce Week in March 2012. Exciting events each day of Deuce Week include tours to other automotive museums, private collections, and hot rod shops, a round table discussion and dinner with hot rodding's biggest heroes, a silent auction, book signings, and a concert with legendary rock musicians. The event ends with the Deuce Day car show on Saturday, March 3 when 500 Deuces from all over the world will be on display in the Petersen Parking Structure. Each event is priced separately. Registration opens September 1. Go to www.DeuceWeek.org for details and to register.
THE ARTWORK OF TOM FRITZ
Through November 6, 2011
Born and raised in San Fernando, California, Tom Fritz's vivid childhood recollections of the motorcycle and automotive cultures that were prevalent in Southern California during the 60's and 70's are a part of the power that shaped the artist he would become. Tom was a designer and illustrator for major corporations including Northrop Grumman and Petersen Publishing. Today, he paints out of his studio in Ventura County, California. As a member of the Automotive Fine Arts Society, Tom has been honored with the coveted Peter Helck Award (Best of Show) at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance as well as being the recipient of several Awards of Excellence at the Meadow Brook Concours. On view May 7, 2011 through November 6, 2011.
SUPERCARS: WHEN TOO MUCH IS ALMOST ENOUGH
Open through October 16, 2011
Supercars have existed since the first decade of the twentieth century and while their mechanical and design specifications have evolved from era to era, they have always had in common immensely powerful engines, minimal passenger carrying capacity, adventurous mechanical specifications, and a commanding presence. Like supermarkets, supermodels, and supercomputers, supercars represent an extreme. More than mere transportation, they offer a bold and extroverted means to express oneself.
SCOOTERS: SIZE DOESN'T ALWAYS MATTER
Open through May 28, 2012
Gordon R. Howard Gallery
With today's high fuel prices, growing traffic congestion, and environmental consciousness, people are looking for easier, cheaper and cleaner ways to get where they are going. The diminutive scooter has been popular for generations in other countries, yet until recently has remained but a footnote in American transportation culture. This exhibit will explore different types of scooters from around the world, how and why they differ, and the culture that surrounds them.
NEW CAR SHOWROOM: 1941 CADILLAC
Now through March 4, 2012
The Petersen Automotive Museum's prewar new car showroom exhibit currently features the 1941 Cadillac. A pivotal year for the prestige car manufacturer, 1941 was the year that Cadillac introduced luxury features such as the fully automatic transmission and air conditioning. It was also the year that Cadillac introduced its now famous egg-crate grille design, a styling feature still in use today.
IMAGINING THE FUTURE:
The Southern California Automotive Design Studio, Presented in Cooperation with Art Center College of Design
Visitors will see a comparison of a 1930's studio with a modern-day studio with various examples of the creative process in 2-D and 3-D form from different points in California's rich automotive history. Design demonstrations by Art Center students will occur in the exhibit on the second and fourth Sunday of every month from approximately 10am-3pm.
HOT WHEELS(r) HALL OF FAME
The Hot Wheels Hall of Fame at the Petersen Automotive Museum, features Hot Wheels(r) full-size and die-cast cars, original models, wooden patterns, injection molds and drawings of original vehicle designs.
ALTERNATIVE POWER: LESSONS FROM THE PAST, INSPIRATION FOR THE FUTURE
From the highly styled 1963 Chrysler Turbine to the General Motors EV1, automobiles equipped with innovative propulsion systems are presented to illustrate the growth of alternative vehicle technology.
MAY FAMILY DISCOVERY CENTER
Open Tuesday-Friday, 10am-4pm, and Saturday & Sunday, 10am-5pm
The May Family Discovery Center is an interactive learning center that teaches basic scientific principles using the fundamental elements of the car.
SPECIAL FEATURES AT THE PETERSEN
SPECIAL EVENTS AND FILMING - Please call (323) 964-6348 or visit www.petersenevents.org to host your event or shoot film at one of LA's most exciting venues!
BIRTHDAY PARTIES - The Museum offers a wonderful venue for children's birthday parties. Party guests can enjoy all three floors of the museum including the May Family Discovery Center. For more information or to book your party, call 323-964-6373.
SCHOOL TOURS- Taking a field trip to the Pete is an excellent way to teach your students about the history of Los Angeles and its intertwined relationship with the automobile. Students learn basic scientific principles and their applications as they explore hands-on activities in the Discovery Center. School Tours focus on history/social science, visual arts, and science & technology. Call (323) 964-6358 for information and reservations.
GROUP TOURS - A docent-led tour is available to groups of ten or more. - (323) 964-6346.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Come and be a part of the Petersen's "Pit Crew". For an application or more information call - (323) 964-6358, email email@example.com.
MUSEUM STORE - Excellent souvenirs and gifts for auto enthusiasts (323) 964-6328.