Highly Charged and Brainwashed

The spirit of revolution unites two new exhibits in Los Angeles.

Plug into the Future

The Petersen Automotive Museum is hosting the first comprehensive exhibit on Tesla, the company that disrupted gas-powered vehicles and launched the electric vehicle revolution. “Inside Tesla: Supercharging the Electric Revolution” features the largest assemblage of Tesla products together at one time, according to Autumn Nyiri, an associate curator.

The exhibit tracks Tesla’s past and present, but the future is highly charged. On view is the Roadster 2.0 deck model, a forthcoming car that could reach up to 250 miles per hour. The semi “Alpha” prototype, which sees the future of tractor trailers and semitrucks as using renewable energy, is also on display.

The exhibit is also about the breadth of Tesla’s energy innovations. “They make more than just cars. They are also responsible for an infrastructure to support those cars, whether at home or on the road,” Nyiri says.

Rest assured, Petersen’s parking lot has charging stations, so you can charge your EV while taking a glimpse into the future. Through October 2023


Where Street and Contemporary Art Collide

In Beverly Hills, the videographer-turned artist who befriended Banksy and brought street art to the masses in the 2010 Oscar-nominated documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop now has his own museum.

The Mr. Brainwash Art Museum, housed inside the Paley Center for Media building in Beverly Hills, is part immersive and 100% visually stunning. Inside the three-story space, you can walk among Vincent Van Gogh’s sunflowers or pose for selfies in a replica of his painted bedroom. By any definition, this isn’t your average museum.

“It is a museum that is alive,” says Mr. Brainwash, also known as Thierry Guetta.

There is so much meta meaning in the space, designed by Richard Meier, architect of the Getty Center—a museum about the collision of street and contemporary art lives inside a building designed by an architect who designed museums. Alas, the building is slated for demolition sometime this year. The exact date remains a mystery, but this is the last chance to see Meier’s architecture, Mr. Brainwash says.

Yes, there is a gift shop in the museum’s front, so you enter through the gift shop, he explains about the play on words. “It’s kind of fun.”

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