May 6, 2014 - The Broad - Art talk series—Murakami, Fischl, & more
May 6, 2014

Art talk series—Murakami, Fischl, & more

“The Un-Private Collection”
talk series

The Broad is a contemporary art museum under construction on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles dedicated to the collections of Eli and Edythe Broad. Designed by architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the museum will open in 2015 and will offer free general admission to all. The Broad will be home to the nearly 2,000 works of art in the Broad collections, which are among the most prominent holdings of postwar and contemporary art worldwide. In anticipation of its opening, The Broad has launched “The Un-Private Collection,” a talk series featuring unexpected pairings of cultural leaders and influential artists in the Broad collections, taking place at venues around Los Angeles.

Audiences worldwide are encouraged to participate in the programs through live video streams of each talk shown on in real time. Questions from online and in-person audiences are taken for the speakers to address at the end of each program.

Tickets for the next talk in the popular series are now available to the general public.

“The Un-Private Collection: Takashi Murakami and Pico Iyer”
Thursday, May 29, 8pm
Orpheum Theatre 
Renowned contemporary Japanese artist Takashi Murakami will be in conversation with bestselling author and longtime resident of Japan Pico Iyer. Murakami is known for his bold, graphic works that merge fine art, design and animation and continue to blur the lines between high art and pop culture. The author of numerous books on crossing cultures and a regular contributor to Time, Harper’s, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, and many other publications, Iyer’s writings intersect with Murakami’s work in their focus on the common disconnect between local tradition and imported global pop culture. The pair will discuss the complex social and historical narratives woven into Murakami’s work and how they reflect upon contemporary Japanese culture.

“The Un-Private Collection: Eric Fischl and Steve Martin”
Monday, June 23, 8pm
The Broad Stage 
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Celebrated painter and sculptor Eric Fischl will be joined onstage by comedian, actor, art collector and Fischl’s longtime friend, Steve Martin. Fischl’s psychologically intense paintings, where extraordinary dreamlike scenes take place in suburban settings are some of the most memorable images of their era. In recent years, Fischl has expanded his practice to include portraiture and sculpture, always with an unflinching focus on human relationships and psychological dynamics. A pop culture icon, known primarily through his comedy work in television and film, Martin has been fascinated with modern and contemporary art nearly his entire adult life. He collects Fischl’s work, as well as major artworks by a wide range of artists, from Cindy Sherman, Pablo Picasso, Lucian Freud, Edward Hopper and Willem de Kooning to Franz Kline and more. The pair will discuss Fischl’s memoir, Bad Boy, his early career in Southern California, and the inspiration behind his painting and sculpture.

Additional upcoming programs in the series include a discussion with artist John Currin and president and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust James Cuno on how classical painting influences Currin’s modern interpretation of the form, September 14 at The Getty Museum in Brentwood. And on October 11, Kara Walker, a provocative artist whose work depicts the utter depravity of the antebellum South with unflinching clarity, will be in conversation with Ava DuVernay, groundbreaking filmmaker and winner of the 2012 Sundance Best Director Award, at the Writers Guild in Beverly Hills.

The 2013 season’s four talks featured artists Mark Bradford and Shirin Neshat, as well as discussions with the Broads, architect Elizabeth Diller, whose firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro is designing the museum, and The Broad founding director Joanne Heyler. The 2014 season started with a blockbuster conversation between Jeff Koons and John Waters in front of a sold out audience at the 2,000-seat Orpheum Theatre.

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