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  1. The Broad
    Photograph: Iwan Baan, courtesy the Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro
  2. Infinity Mirrored Room
    Photograph: Time Out/Michael JulianoYayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room—The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away
  3. Yayoi Kusama, Longing for Eternity
    Photograph: Time Out/Michael Juliano
  4. Jeff Koons
    Photograph: Time Out/Michael JulianoJeff Koons.
  5. Robert Therrien
    Photograph: Time Out/Michael JulianoRobert Therrien.
  6. Jean-Michel Basquiat
    Photograph: Time Out/Michael JulianoJean-Michel Basquiat.
  7. Roy Lichtenstein
    Photograph: Time Out/Michael JulianoRoy Lichtenstein.
  8. Kara Walker
    Photograph: Time Out/Michael JulianoKara Walker.
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Time Out says

Free timed tickets required. Infinity Mirrored Room requires a reservation.

Three words: Infinity Mirror Rooms. Downtown’s persistently popular contemporary art museum has two of Yayoi Kusama’s immersive, mirror-laden rooms (one that you merely peek into, another more immersive one that you step into). Elsewhere in the free museum, Eli and Edythe Broad’s collection of 2,000 post-war works includes artists like Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Ed Ruscha, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Jeff Koons. Outside, the museum’s plaza features a lovely olive tree grove that sits in from of Otium, the museum’s signature restaurant from French Laundry alum Timothy Hollingsworth.

The museum has been an exciting addition to L.A.’s roster of institutions, though its encyclopedic survey of high-priced gallery prizes can feel a little safe at times (with some spectacle pieces mixed in). And though the gallery experience is pleasant, its vault and veil design appears much more opqaque and heavier than it should. That said, there’s one design element we just love: the between-floors window that offers a peek into the collection storage.

The Broad opened in 2015 with an inaugural exhibition featuring Jasper Johns, Cy Twombly, Barbara Kruger, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Keith Haring and more rockstars of the 20th century—plus a whole lot of Jeff Koons. Standout installations included Ragnar Kjartansson’s beautiful nine-screen video piece The Visitors and an endless field of LEDs in Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room.

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Address:
221 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles
90012
Price:
Free, with timed reservations; $17 parking available
Opening hours:
Wed–Fri 11am–5pm; Sat, Sun 10am–5pm
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What’s on

Takashi Murakami: Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow + This Is Not America’s Flag

Takashi Murakami will be the center of the Broad’s specially ticketed spring exhibition, alongside a second exhibition that explores the symbolism of the American flag. Both will be on display in the museum’s first-floor galleries from May 21 to September 25, 2022. All of the Murakami pieces in the Broad’s collection will be on view in “Takashi Murakami: Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow.” Known for his colorful smiling flowers and cartoonish pop art murals, you’ll be able to see 18 works from the contemporary Japanese artist, as well as some to-be-detailed immersive environments from the artist’s studio. “This Is Not America’s Flag” will feature pieces from 20 artists who’ve both championed and challenged the symbolism of the stars and stripes and channeled that into their own works. Born out of the summer of 2020’s grassroots movements for racial justice, the exhibition includes Jasper Johns’s Flag and David Hammons’s African-American Flag, as well as works from Laura Aguilar, Nicole Eisenman, Jeffrey Gibson, Hank Willis Thomas and Alfredo Jaar (whose A Logo for America inspired the exhibition’s name). Timed tickets for both exhibitions, which also include access to the otherwise free third-floor galleries, go on sale Friday, April 15 at 10am and cost $18 for adults and $12 for students, and are free for children 17 and under. The museum notes that it’ll also announce some free days at a later time.

Summer Happenings at the Broad

  • Performances

Spend a late night at the Broad during the return of its after-hours programming series, which finds musicians, dancers and poets collaborating in the museum’s outdoor plaza as well as in gallery spaces. Tickets for each event include full access to the museum and its concurrent exhibitions, “Takashi Murakami: Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow” and “This Is Not America’s Flag.” Thundercat and Arooj Aftab top this year’s lineup.

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