Introducing The Broad in L.A.
Late last September, The Broad opened in L.A., and Angelenos have been losing their minds over it ever since. I’ll admit, I too have been caught up in The Broad frenzy, and when initially planning our visit, I was intrigued to discover that although admission is free, we either had to get on a waiting list or risk standing in line for hours for a chance to get in. So in January, I reserved the first available tickets for April 5. A Los Angeles art museum with a waitlist? I just knew it had to be cool.
And it is.
The Broad (pronounced “brode”), is named after Eli Broad, a well-known philanthropist who put up $140 million to finance the museum which is in and of itself, a work of art. Designed by architectural firm, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the museum’s honeycomb-like exterior is visible from the interior when looking at the gallery’s walls or up at its ceiling, giving visitors – well, me at least – a sense of walking through a work of art.
Now, I’ve never studied art and don’t know much about art history. But what I do know is that I love art, and many of the works at The Broad moved me.
Housing a collection of nearly 2,000 pieces of contemporary art, I came across pieces at The Broad that had me wondering WTF is that supposed to mean?!, pieces that gave me pause, pieces that disturbed me, and pieces that propelled me forward for a closer to look.
While exploring the museum, I found myself thinking about what goes on in the minds of the artists during their creative process, and I couldn’t help but think back to our visits to The Mosaic Tile House and the Brewery Arts Complex last year where we got behind the scenes looks at how artists live and create.
If it hadn’t been for the expiration of our 3-hour parking limit or the onset of Jave’s hanger (hunger + anger), I could’ve easily spent another good hour losing myself in the wide selection of The Broad’s art. Easily.
By the time we left, the restaurant I had in mind for our post-museum visit was closed until dinner as was the adjacent Otium restaurant which turned out to be fine since I didn’t want to shell out more cash for downtown parking. So Jave and I headed closer to home where we lunched at Komodo, an Asian fusion eatery in Venice.
The restaurant originally started out as a food truck that roamed the streets of Venice and Santa Monica. We wanted a non-rubbish, nutritious meal, so at first I was a bit thrown off by the menu which features a lot of Asian inspired tacos, burritos, and rice bowls.
But fortunately, the menu also features more substantive entrees, so Jave and I both opted for the salmon which comes with rice – white or brown – and a side salad. And we couldn’t resist adding fire roasted corn on the cob and truffle parmesan fries into the mix which we both washed down with the most refreshing mango lemonade ever. Dinner at Komodo wasn’t the cheapest – a total of $44 – but it was definitely delicious and oh so flavorful which makes it well worth a repeat visit.
*Featured image provided courtesy of The Broad
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This post is a part of Date Nights L.A., a series on the blog wherein I highlight local points of interest that Jave and I explore during some of our weekly date nights. In any relationship, it’s important to keep things fresh, and the same is true of my relationship with Los Angeles – my birth city, my home, my friend, my nemesis, my love. So here’s to gaining a new, fresh perspective of L.A.!