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UPDATE: The Broad — Enter-to-Win Sky-lit Tickets!


The Broad, the new contemporary art museum under construction in downtown Los Angeles, announced today that it will give the public an unprecedented glimpse into the unfinished museum with two temporary art installations in the expansive top floor gallery on Sunday, Feb. 15. For one day only, visitors will be able to see The Broad’s vast, column-free third-floor gallery in its raw state, before the art walls are put in place for the museum’s opening on Sept. 20, 2015. Two light and sound works will interact with key features in Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s (DS+R) innovative architecture.


Sky-lit: Volume, Light, and Sound at The Broad will highlight the relationship between the museum’s architecture and its urban environment. Artist BJ Nilsen’s sound installation, DTLA, is an abstract audio landscape of downtown Los Angeles. Just as The Broad’s porous architectural “veil” subtly interweaves natural light and glimpses of the urban streetscape of Grand Avenue into its galleries, Nilsen will bring the soundscape of downtown Los Angeles into The Broad. Stillness, by artist Yann Novak, will be activated after dark, creating an immersive sound and light environment for reflection, inviting visitors to contemplate the effect of climate and light on their physical and emotional states.

Timed tickets will be $10 and will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 6 at Tickets will be reserved for every half hour from 3 p.m. through 10 p.m. on Feb. 15, with the last entry at 9 p.m. Nilsen’s work will be presented beginning at 3 p.m., and Novak’s work will be added at 5 p.m., with the two works running simultaneously until 10 p.m. Advance reservations are highly recommended. A limited number of tickets will be available onsite day-of. Free parking for ticket holders will be available at the California Plaza parking garage.

“Sky-lit is an extraordinary, one-time opportunity to experience the architecture of The Broad’s expansive and light-filled third-floor gallery before its final phase of construction when partition walls will be installed,” said Joanne Heyler, founding director of The Broad. “Nilsen’s and Novak’s artworks engage the energy of downtown Los Angeles, using light and sound to bring aspects of the outside environment into the museum. We are very excited to offer a preview of the interplay of light from the skylights, as well as the tremendous flexibility offered by the unusual vastness of our third-floor gallery, which spans nearly an acre.”

The Broad is being built and funded by longtime art collectors and philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad, who have spent five decades assembling two of the world’s most admired collections of postwar and contemporary art with the aim of creating a widely accessible public collection. Their personal collection and The Broad Art Foundation’s collection will be housed in a new landmark building that the Broads are adding to Los Angeles’s Grand Avenue arts corridor.


Designed by architects DS+R with executive architect Gensler, The Broad features public galleries on the first and third floors, with a central “vault” that will house art storage and staff offices and appears to hover between the ground and top floors. The third-floor gallery features 23-foot ceilings and 318 skylights that filter diffused sunlight.

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