This weekend I went on a whirlwind one day trip to Los Angeles to visit The Broad in Downtown LA. I wasn’t able to visit the museum the last time I was in town due to some pretty poor planning on my part so I was really eager to return to finish what I started! Even though I knew exactly what pieces I would be matching, I was wasn’t prepared for how magical the experience of visiting would be. Here’s a little bit about the museum from their website:
The Broad is a new contemporary art museum founded by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles which opened in September of 2015. The museum is designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler and offers free general admission. 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, and has launched an active program of rotating temporary exhibitions and innovative audience engagement. The 120,000-square-foot, $140-million building features two floors of gallery space and is the headquarters of The Broad Art Foundation’s worldwide lending library, which has actively loaned collection works to museums around the world since 1984. In its inaugural year, The Broad museum far exceeded attendance projections, welcoming over 820,000 visitors.
The collection itself is extremely fun. While there are some darker pieces (both in palette and subject) for the most part visitors will find themselves dazzled by several rooms filled with iconic work by big name artists like Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, Barbara Kruger, Jasper Johns, and Ellsworth Kelly, to name a few. This is the perfect for both art aficionados and those who might be curious about art but aren’t sure of what’s what and where to start!
I was lucky enough to have one of my best friends from college join and assist me during my day at the The Broad. Kelly and I studied Art History and studied abroad in the South of France together, so we have a mutual passion for all things art! She now lives in LA and works in the entertainment industry so it was the perfect opportunity to get together and spend the day gawking at the art, crying over masterpieces, matching paintings, and catching up!
This is the first time I’ve done a match with another person in it. I’ve long admired Ellsworth Kelly’s work (see previous matches here and here) and the iconic “Blue Red” piece at The Broad is exceptional! So Kelly and I wore two of the same style Black Halo dress in different colors and did our thing. Here it is in blue and red. The dress is really cute – it’s a two piece that flashes just the tiniest bit of midriff but not too much because the skirt itself is high waisted!
Needless to say, friends who love art together, stay together!