Two Story Balloon Animals: the Broad

It is pronounced “the Broed”. Rhymes with road. Or perhaps an active Bro as a past tense verb. “You totally broed it”. But no matter how you say it, you need to see it.IMG_3414

It is free but you need to reserve a ticket in advance. Otherwise you wait outside in a stand by line for as little as 45  minutes. I dropped the Missus off to stand in line while I spent nearly that much time trying to find parking. There is of course a conveniently located lot right across the street but I thought I could win by finding something cheaper.

Just park in the lot across the street. You cannot win.IMG_3401

Save the winning for once you are inside because in there you will find Andy Warhol, Lichtenstein, Basquiat, Jeff Koon’s giant balloon animals, and his ceramic sculpture of Michael Jackson and Bubbles.IMG_3329You should not need to “understand” art to be entertained, or to simply know what you like. That being said, for a museum of modern art, there is more than enough for anyone to like at the Broad. I more than liked it. I loved it.IMG_3328And if Art isn’t really your bag, you can simply sit back and watch the people watching the art. That show is just as good.IMG_3406

It is located in downtown LA, right across the street from the Walt Disney Concert Hall, and just up the hill from the Grand Central Market. You will see a bright white honeycombed building standing next to a chromed out wavy building and you will not find street parking near either. Again. Just park in the lot. The Broad is the honeycombed one with the line of people out front.IMG_3409Keith Haring

IMG_3338Kara Walker

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2 responses to “Two Story Balloon Animals: the Broad

  1. Uglyblackjohn

    People often dismiss the culture of Southern California – especially those from the East Coast. Being an adventurous guy, how are you liking life out West as far as the food, art, educational institutions, etc..

  2. Food, art, institutions… I love it. What I don’t love is how spread out they all are, how hard it is to find them, and the traffic. California is great at taking a four star restaurant and hiding it in a strip mall with no sign. It is the whole you have to be in-the-know to find it. I’m not a fan of that… but I am learning there is still plenty of things to be a fan of.
    My wife says we are never leaving.

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