So did you recognize the clue for the latest LA Quiz? The structure that looks suspiciously like a grid where a cannon ball went through, is an architectural feature called an oculus. If you didn’t quite remember where you’ve seen this building before- this is The Broad, Edye and Eli Broad’s new art museum at 221 S. Grand Ave, downtown Los Angeles (See the map below).
Now that The Broad art museum has opened and the hype and fanfare has faded my wife and I cruised into the heart of downtown Los Angeles to view the collection. I can say it was well worth the trip. (By the way, our son joined us on this trip. So, when I said we cruised what I really mean is- he drove. Thanks son.)
Edye and Eli Broad (creators of the Broad Art Foundation) have amassed more that 2,000 art works of post war and contemporary pieces, representing many young artists. They actually considered a number of sites before choosing the downtown location. Fortunately the museum sits at the heart of the cultural hub of Los Angeles: adjacent across 2nd street from the Walt Disney Concert Hall and across Grand Ave from the Museum of Contemporary Art. This location was a good choice.
As you can see from my photo of the street view there’s an excitement to see the art collection. Since admission is free crowds hovered in front of the doorways, lines wait patiently along the buildings wall and, of course, food trucks were there to serve the hungry and thirsty.
The museum opened September 20, 2015 with 250 art works and periodic rotations of the collection is scheduled. Currently, the highly touted “must see” display is Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room. Unfortunately we missed out. The waiting list ahead of us exceeded the amount of time for our stay. The Infinity Mirrored Room is in an art room where one person at a time goes in for a limited amount of time (forty-five seconds). Of course, this doesn’t describe the art experience, but this is how the public gets to view or interact with the art.
The building, of course, drew our gaze, as it probably did with everybody in Los Angeles. The unique lattice-like pattern with the centered oculus, looking out toward Grand Ave, demanded attention. The credit for this powerful designed goes to the architectural firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro (in collaboration with Gensler, a integrated global design firm).
An innovative design of The Broad art museum features a “veil and vault” concept. The “vault” portion consists of the public gallery upstairs, the storage area where the bulk of the collection (the works not on loan or on display) is housed in the middle area, and then the carved out cavern-like lobby on the ground floor. The vault is encapsulated within the “veil”. Their website, www.thebroad.org, describes the veil as… “An airy honey-comb-like structure that spans across the block-long gallery and provides filtered natural daylight.”
So, if you appreciate contemporary art and have not visited The Broad be sure to go to the website (see above) to get the latest information on current shows, parking, and so on. As I mentioned earlier, general admission is free, however, special shows do have a charge.
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Ready for the next quiz? That’s the spirit! Okay, here we go. check out the photo below. Where in LA are we?
After biking a few miles from Chinatown, I stopped at this quiet lake with the pleasant fountain in the middle to rest up. Check out the photo. Surely you recognize it. It’s been featured in many movies and TV shows. The lake goes by a couple names. Either one will do. Need a hint? I was among the thousands of bicyclists that converged on it on the recent CiLAvia day. If you weren’t there, dig out that old bike and join us next time. so, do you know where this picture was taken?
In a hurry? You can get the answer to this LA Quiz at my About page. It will be posted until the next quiz is presented.
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Here are Previous LA Quizzes
If you love to meander around the city like I do, you’re probably familiar with the many popular and famous places I’ve featured on these posts. Here’s a chance to test your knowledge of Los Angeles. Take a look at these earlier posts and see if you can identify the locations featured. The posts are in chronological order so start at the top of the list. The answers will be in the next postings. Then gather up the family and go visit these interesting places. Explore LA and have fun.
Take the LA Quiz! (Oct. 2013)
The Goddess Of Music (Jan. 2104)
Tower and Ramp Sculpture In Los Angeles (Feb, 2014)
Shoshone Sculpture On A Quiet Morning (April, 2014)
Reflections Downtown (May, 2014)
Our Famous Promontory (June, 2014)
Go Visit a Gift from Friends Across the Sea (July, 2014)
Here’s a Bit of Los Angeles History (Sept. 2014)
See the Beautiful Face? Where is She? (Oct. 2014)
The Gilmore Gas Station- It’s a Gas-A-Teria! (Dec. 2014)
This Public Art Said- Come Fly With Me (Jan. 2015)
Petersen Automotive Museum Says Look at Me! (Nov. 2015)
Pasadena City Hall: The Pride of Pasadena (Dec. 2015)
Claudio Ethos- Street Art in Los Angeles (Dec 31, 2015)
Welcome to Chinatown, Los Angeles (Feb. 2016)
The Eagle Rock Looms (April 2016)
Palisades Park- Santa Monica (May 2016)
El Parque de Mexico: A Nod to LA’s Heritage (June 2016)