Shortcomings and rumors aside, the Broad Contemporary Art Museum
building and grounds is a serious bid by the city of Los Angeles to join, if not trump, New York and London as the world's center of contemporary art.
The building achieves a measured austerity and self-effacing luminosity that resolutely avoids the sensationalist, gaudy luxury that has turned some museums into veritable emporiums of suspect taste (think of the Broad Contemporary Art Museum
I have only one quibble about this show, which is the inclusion of Hernandez's Broad Contemporary Art Museum
series in the side room (the artist was one of four photographers recently invited to document the construction of BCAM).
Broad has donated $50m to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for a new extension, the Renzo Piano-designed Broad Contemporary Art Museum
, which opened in February (see APOLLO's April issue).
The 'weaving' he is referring to is Renzo Piano's design for the newly completed first phase of Los Angeles County Museum's 'Transformation' project, which--as described in Patrick McCaughey's article on pages 26-32--links the newly created Broad Contemporary Art Museum
(BCAM) extension with the existing buildings.