Monday, March 26, 2018

Broad Museum: A Visit to See the Jasper Johns Exhibit and New Infinity Mirror Room

There are always plenty of reasons to visit downtown's Broad museum — I'd put that Michael Jackson/Bubbles sculpture toward the top. But right now, there are two new reasons: The Broad is the official U.S. venue of the Jasper Johns exhibit 'something resembling truth,' while the museum also just launched its second infinity room, Yayoi Kusama’s "Longing for Eternity." According to the Broad, "Jasper Johns: ‘Something Resembling Truth’" features more than 120 paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings from Johns. "Featuring signature works from the Broad collection with loans from more than 50 international public and private collections, The Broad's presentation marks the first comprehensive survey of Jasper Johns in Southern California in more than 50 years. A collaboration with the Royal Academy in London, Jasper Johns: 'Something Resembling Truth' traces the evolution of the artist’s six-decade career through a series of thematic chapters, encompassing the full range of Johns’ materials, motifs and techniques." The Jasper Johns exhibit normally costs extra, but the Broad will offer free admission on "First Thursdays" April 5 and May 3 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

"Longing for Eternity," like Kusama's other infinity mirror room, is so popular that a staggered ticket time is required for the audience. This time, instead of walking completely into a room, this is a large box with porthole-like windows that are used to look into a mirrored chamber filled with dazzling LED lights.

Inside Kusama's other Broad infinity mirror room, "Infinity Mirrored Room—The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away" (2013)

Escalators up through a Gaudi-like ceiling,

More from "Longing for Eternity."

Jasper Johns exhibit.

"The Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter" (Jasper Johns, 1987)

"Michael Jackson and Bubbles" (Jeff Koons, 1988)

"Under the Table" (Robert Therrien, 1994)

"Raymond and Toby" (John Ahearn, 1989)

"Tulips" (Jeff Koons, 1995-2004)

Andy Warhol pieces

"Norm's, La Cienega, on Fire" (Ed Ruscha, 1964)

"John" (Chuck Close, 1971-72)

General admission to The Broad is free and includes access to The Broad's collection galleries on the third floor, which display a robust and changing selection of works.

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