The Broad Museum – LA

As an Art History minor in college, and all around nerd, I absolutely love going to museums. I am not quite sure when my love for museums started, but there is something very peaceful about walking through a museum and seeing how society influenced artists to create certain works of art.

The Broad Museum is located in Downtown, LA and it has one of the greatest contemporary art collections that I have ever seen. It was founded by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad. It opened in 2015 and admission is free! Their collection includes major artists like Jeff Koons, Chuck Close, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Keith Haring and Andy Warhol.

Keith Haring
Keith Haring – Red Room

If you are not an art history geek like myself and do not recognize these names right off the bat, these artists have truly shaped pop culture. Andy Warhol is definitely a name that people should familiarize themselves with as he is the king of pop art that many modern day artists draw inspiration from.

Andy Warhol
Andy Warhol

Chuck Close is famous for his style of photo-realism. Roy Lichtenstein is famous for his cartoon like paintings and Jeff Koons is famous for his balloon-animal sculptures. For me, it was incredible to see all of my favorite artists under one roof. I had learned about these artists in my art history classes but to see them in real life was truly amazing.

Jeff Koons
Jeff Koons – Balloon Dog (Blue)

When I was there they were having an exhibit for Yakoi Kusama, but tickets were sold out. She is a living legend – her artwork is unlike anything that I have ever seen and I wish that I was able to enjoy it. For this exhibit, there was an admission fee of $25.

The next exhibit will showcase the works of Jasper Johns and I hope I get to see it when I am in LA next. I love Jasper Johns and actually wrote a paper about one of his works that I saw in the Philadelphia Museum of Art for my contemporary art class. He is one of my favorite American Artists and he is well known for his patriotic paintings of the 50 states and of the American flag. This exhibit will be open at The Broad from FEBRUARY 10th – MAY 13th, 2018. You can get tickets here for an admission fee of $25.

If you are interested in architecture, I would definitely recommend reading this page on the construction of the building. There are two main components that make up The Broad: the “veil” and the “vault.” The vault is where the rest of the collection is stored when it is not on display or out on loan. You are able to look into the vault which was hands down one of the coolest parts of the museum.

El Anatsui – Red Block, 2010: Born in Ghana and based in Nigeria, El Anatsui crafts giant shimmering sheets from bottle caps, reused aluminum commercial packaging, copper wire, and other materials. The elaborate works hang like tapestries referencing kente cloth, all-purpose pieces of fabric used in Nigerian and sub-Saharan African culture for everything from washcloths to dresses.

Even if you are not an art history freak like me, I think that you will find something in this museum that will catch your eye and inspire you in some way, shape or form so it is definitely worth checking out if you are in DTLA. The Grand Central Market is within walking distance if you are hungry!

Glenn Ligon: Double America 2

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