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–The Broad is a new contemporary art museum in Downtown LA that I had been dying to visit. I saw a few pics on Instagram from people that had visited and knew that it was a place that I would want to check out, but visiting The Broad was a little harder than I thought it would be.
General admission is free but it is recommended to get advance free tickets, otherwise you will have to wait in the standby line, (which was very long on the day that I visited). I reserved my tickets in June for August because they were booked and as I write this post, they are booked through October.
The Broad is newest contemporary art museum in Downtown Los Angeles founded by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad. To say that this museum is very different from most contemporary museums is an understatement. The museum is home to the 2,000 works of art in the Broad collection, which is among the most prominent holdings of postwar and contemporary art worldwide. The art is so different then most that you see in contemporary museums across the country.
Take this piece for instance, ‘Michael Jackson and Bubbles’ by Jeff Koons. Per, The Broad’s site, it describes this piece as such, “The dead white of Jackson’s skin and his glamorous pose with Bubbles in matching clothing invite a chilling range of questions about celebrity and image making.” What do you think?
My son and I really loved ‘The Balloon Dog’, also by Jeff Koons. Now this thing was really cool!!
How a not so interested teenager looks when visiting a museum…but this piece by Roy Lichtenstein called was ‘Goldfish Bowl’ was “alright” per the teenager.
Out of every piece that we saw, all the art on display by artist Jean‐Michel Basquiat was my favorite. I was so enthralled by his artwork that I decided to do some research to learn more about him. He was pretty interesting…
Jean‐Michel Basquiat (December 22, 1960- August 12, 1988), first achieved notoriety as part of SAMO, an informal graffiti duo who wrote enigmatic epigrams in the cultural hotbed of the Lower East Side of Manhattan during the late 1970s where the hip hop, post-punk, and street art movements. By the 1980s, he was exhibiting his neo-expressionist paintings in galleries and museums internationally.
Basquiat’s art focused on “suggestive dichotomies”, such as wealth versus poverty, integration versus segregation, and inner versus outer experience. He appropriated poetry, drawing, and painting, and married text and image, abstraction, and figuration, and historical information mixed with contemporary critique, as you can see in his paintings.
Basquiat used social commentary in his paintings as a “springboard to deeper truths about the individual”, as well as attacks on power structures and systems of racism, while his poetics were acutely political and direct in their criticism of colonialism and support for class struggle. He died of a heroin overdose at his art studio at age 27.
This piece is titled, ‘Eyes and Eggs.’
This piece is titled, ‘Horn Players.’
This pic below is part of a huge piece called, ‘In the Land of the Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow’ by Takashi Murakami.
There was so much going on in this painting but this was the most interesting portion to me. It’s so crazy, it looks like a vomit of color and characters. What are your thoughts on this piece?
The main thing that we wanted to say but was completed booked for the day was Infinity Mirrored Room. According to The Broad’s site, the Infinity Mirrored Room is a mirror-lined chamber housing a dazzling and seemingly endless LED light display. The images look amazing but let me give you a tip, if you plan on seeing the Infinity Mirrored Room you need to get to The Broad early because it has extremely limited capacity, accommodating one visitor at a time for about a minute, and requires a separate free timed same-day reservation which ticket holders are able to reserve, pending availability. Our time to visit the museum was 3pm and by then, it was already reserved for the day. You can hang around to see if someone doesn’t show up but we were totally out of luck. The good part is that it will be on display until October 2017.
There are so many more pictures to share but I have to leave something for you to experience yourself or you can take a pic on my Instagram if you just can’t wait to see it yourself.
All and all, I absolutely loved The Broad and will return, hopefully, to get a chance to see the Infinity Mirrored Room. Remember that if you plan to visit, reserve your tickets online here and reserve a early time in the day to get a reservation to go into the Infinity Mirrored Room. Also, The Broad sometimes has special exhibitions. Currently it is “Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life.” The exhibits are not included in the free general admission. The price for tickets to see this exhibit is $12 for adults but free for kids 17 and under.
The Broad is open every day except Monday.
Have you had a chance to visit The Broad?
What was the last museum you visited?