MY EXPERIENCE AT THE BROAD MUSEUM
Hello darlings! Happy Sunday. I hope you are all well. If you watched my Snapchat this past Sunday then you will know that I spent my day with my family at The Broad.
Located in DownTown Los Angeles, The Broad family decided to open to the public, their grand collection of contemporary artwork in the city of LA, in a museum, which they funded themselves, rightfully called The Broad. It premiered last year and was wildly publicized.
Here are some photos of other people with some of the staple art pieces. FYI I refused to take photos or look at these pieces and you will find out why in a minute.
It is truly a museum like no other in that it highly integrates social media, reveals some of the most influential contemporary artists from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, and is a true reflection of modern day culture. A class mate of mine did a paper on The Broad from my Writing in Media course and explained in her presentation that the day it opened, huge influencers were invited first to publicize it. The sound of that to me personally makes me feel conflicted. On the one hand it is important to publicize. On the other, so much of the museum was posted on social media that I felt as though I had seen everything in a simulated before I even had the opportunity to visit in the flesh. It was truly troublesome to experience The Broad artwork wholly and truthfully because I, and everyone who visits, felt so inclined to take photos of the artwork and with the artwork. Here is a photo of me taking a photo of the art and with the art.
I am not opposed to this at all. The museum itself makes for a great photo and there is even a piece in the collection that is a room full of mirrors meant for viewers to step inside and experience both in person and on their phone. QUICK SIDE NOTE: When you enter this room there are no cameras. That said, I wonder if anyone has gone in and just stripped down. If I were to ever visit this room I would definitely get naked rather than take a selfie. Anyways, I digress.
The above piece was one I did not experience or participate in. Since The Broad is free, I will definitely go back and try the room of mirrors. In addition to experience the museum without my phone.
I am quite troubled by the fact that I had to fight the urge to not take out my phone and Snapchat. I recently learned in my Media Ethics course that when people go to museums, they typically look at a piece for no more than 30 seconds. I find that to be a shame. A piece of artwork should be enjoyed for at least 2 minutes.
The above photos were pieces that I spent forever looking at. I wanted to embrace each piece, understand the medium the artist used, the curves, the colors and the history. In general, I wanted to respect the art. In comparison to everyone else, I can say that I did a pretty good job of appreciating each piece I looked at. I wanted more than anything, to be someone who went to The Broad and took away memories, not photos. That said, the next time I go back, I am leaving my phone in the car.
QUESTION OF THE DAY: Strawberry or banana?