Field Trip : The Broad Museum

[detail] "Audience 4 (Galleria Dell'Accademia)" by Thomas Struth // Struth set his camera up at the base of Michelangelo's David, and while there's definitely more to it from a critical perspective, the photo makes for a hilarious, relatable meta-experience, especially when bumping into it on the tail end of your visit when museum-brain has set in.

[detail] "Audience 4 (Galleria Dell'Accademia)" by Thomas Struth // Struth set his camera up at the base of Michelangelo's David, and while there's definitely more to it from a critical perspective, the photo makes for a hilarious, relatable meta-experience, especially when bumping into it on the tail end of your visit when museum-brain has set in.

Los Angeles has been abuzz over its newest museum, The Broad, which opened its doors in September. The building, located downtown, was designed by Diller & Schofidio + Renfro and houses the extensive art collection of Edythe and Eli Broad, Los Angeles-based billionaires who have built a reputation as key arts philanthropists through their involvement in major museums in SoCal and beyond. 

Last week we took a field trip to the museum to see what all the fuss was about, and it did not disappoint. The building alone is worth the trip. My field trip partner and I couldn't stop marveling at the light inside the upstairs galleries, which somehow seems to seep out of the walls, washing art and patrons alike in a super-flattering natural light (a point not lost on folks, as the selfies were abundant.)

Anyone familiar with the Broad wing at LACMA will definitely recognize content overlap, but it's hard to imagine that being a point of complaint ("Chuck Close again?!?! Sigh.") And even if contemporary art isn't your cup of tea, I dare you to not be impressed by the sheer breadth of the collection, only a portion of which is actually on display. 

Here are some visual postcards from the outing, and if you plan on going, the museum is free but requires reservations, so make 'em early because it's a popular ticket in town these days!