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Roslyn's observations about places and events around Southern California

My much anticipated first impression of the Broad

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The Broad

I’ve been watching The Broad (pronounced Brode) being constructed next door to the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles with great anticipation. I love architecture and I love art so I have been salivating for a long time!

The new contemporary art museum on Grand Avenue, founded by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad, is free to the public but tickets have been flying out the door. So when my friends and I planned to go we had to make our reservations a couple of months in advance. Currently, tickets are no longer available for 2015.

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The Broad collection ranges from the 1950s to current day. It’s no secret I am not a fan of most contemporary art. But as I have expressed a million times before, and will again I am sure, I enjoy art for its own sake and can even appreciate art I don’t like! Sometimes it’s hard to stand in front of a piece I really hate and find something admirable about it but I keep trying… attempting to figure out what the artist wanted to express.

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Visitors start out at the top of the escalator (or elevator shaft) on the third floor where the main gallery is located.

I was immediately attracted to the ceiling.

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Natural daylight and artificial light is combined (much like the Reznick Pavilion at LACMA) to create a soft ambience in the galleries.

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I probably spent half the time looking up. But I did look carefully at each piece of artwork presented.

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I am attracted to the medium of collage and liked the “3Dness” of this piece by Julian Schnabel.

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The name of this artist is on the tip of my tongue. But I’m not an art critic so I ‘m not going to worry about the names of artists, that is not what this post is about. I just want to share my impression of my first visit… so you can pretend you are wandering along with me through the museum.

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Sliver of daylight in ceiling meets light fixtures. To me this is just as much a work of art as any piece in the collection!

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Photos of water towers… how beautiful these are… I love it!

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At first glance this looks like a wonderful photo portrait but it’s an immense 100 x 90 in. (254 x 228.6 cm) photorealistic painting by Chuck Close.

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A glimpse of the Walt Disney Concert Hall next door through an opening in the wall. As I was bending around in strange positions to get this shot, people drifted over with their iPhones to capture the same view… trendsetter I am!

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The second floor has mostly meeting rooms, a theater, etc. And windows into the vaults where the rest of the 2,000 piece collection is housed.

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I’m not ashamed to admit that I love reflections and there are some great opportunities to capture them at the Broad!

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The stairway looking down to the first floor and the bookstore/gift shop to the right.

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The first floor lobby area is very organic… I expected to see hobbits walking along at any second!

I am sure this was just the first of many visits and it’s impossible to cover all the aspects of this museum in one blog post.

Just a few more photos and I’ll let you go… Click on an image to start the slideshow.

Overall my first impression of the museum is much as I had expected: a lovely architectural space to present an art collection in the best possible way. As for the collection itself, no surprises there either… much of it not to my taste but some very interesting pieces I enjoyed seeing. I’m looking forward to returning as other works of art are brought out of the storage vaults.

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Author: RMW

I am an explorer and creative person. I've had many jobs, careers and interests... everything in life and the universe fascinates me. Born in Brighton, England, I've lived my entire adult life in Los Angeles. Recently I rediscovered photography and I am busy learning everything I can about it. It's a great excuse for getting outside, wandering around and stopping to look at things.

13 thoughts on “My much anticipated first impression of the Broad

  1. You are a trendsetter, Roslyn. The Walt Disney Concert Hall shot is incredible! Thanks for taking us along. Your photos are wonderful.

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  2. Honestly,Roslyn,I don’t pretend,I gladly followed you wandering around the spacious floors of the Art Museum and I so much admired all the colossal pieces of modern Art.I might find modern art a bit estranging,but trying to broadmindedly interpret the artist’s expression is very challenging.The mingling of daylight with the arificial lighting from above the imposingly designed ceilings pleasantly sheds light on each piece of artwork.Wonder who is depicted in the gigantic portraiture work.It does look like a photo portrait.

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    • Thanks, Doda, for your comment… you forced me to do a little research. The title of the portrait is “John” but that’s all I know. I did add the dimensions of the painting and the name of the artist to the post. Fortunately, all 2000 items in the collection are in an online catalog.

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      • Then he must be one of the painter’s friends or a close relative.Chuck Close would love to know that we have a discussion about him and his emormous photorealistic painting.2OOO exhibited items?That’s amazing!Thank you for the extra info,I did appreciate it;now, I’ll never forget his name and his remarkable work.

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      • Hi Doda, there are 2,000 items in the collection but only about 250 of those items exhibited in this show! I agree, it is remarkable.

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  3. So interesting, and I do love those with reflections. Great photos.

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  4. I SO want to go there! It looks so fabulous.

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  5. Great images Roslyn. It’s so much like being there for real!

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  6. I loved seeing through the window to the storage unit. Great idea.

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