Los Angeles with the Kourdoglous: The Broad Museum
Hi all! Welcome to the first of my three part travel series. Angelo and I hit up LA this past week to visit with my mom and soak up some sunshine. I can't wait to share everything with you guys, and figured I'd start out with (what was to me) the most exciting part of the trip!
I had wanted to go the Broad (pronounced like "road" but with a "b") since I caught site of Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirrored Room on social media. After casually stalking the museum and seeing that they had basically everything I studied in college (Contemporary Art History Major, Queen of Useful Degrees – right here!), I knew we had to go.
I emailed my mom and she said we could try but that we might not get in.
That's right – the Broad is all booked up for pre-timed reservations. For like the next two months. They allow a limited amount of people in for day of tickets and an even more limited amount of people actually get to experience Kusama's exhibit (for 45 seconds, I'll explain later). All the reviews I read online said that people who got there in the afternoon weren't able to see the Mirrored Room, so we took advantage of still being on East Coast time and headed to the museum a half hour before they opened.
Reservations for the Broad are timed, so the docents explained to us that once the 11:00 a.m. group went in, they would allow a certain number of people in from the day-of line. This number ended up being between sixty to eighty, and luckily we were around the first forty (we were actually 36th-38th in line but who really was counting other than me in my state of nervous anxiety?) As we were leaving hours later, they were still letting people in – so you don't need to show up early, but it's just what I recommend.
We got in and immediately put our names into the queue for the Infinity Mirrored Room. If you go – do this first! They've got an excellent set up – you give them your name and cell number, and they just text you when it's your time. You can't pre-register for the Infinity Mirrored Room before getting into the museum, so if you go day-of – you've still got a great chance of seeing it!
With our names in the queue we explored the museum and it was… Amazing. I'll let the pictures do the talking.
About an hour and a half into our exploration, my phone buzzed and we headed down to the first floor to take in Kusama's piece. The official title is Infinity Mirrored Room – The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away. It's explained that you get 45 seconds in the room, you can take pictures, the lights will flash and if you need to come out early, just press on the door. Angelo and I went in together, I set my phone to burst and the rest was… perfect.
The Broad is a once in a lifetime experience and I can't stress enough that you need to go. It's free to the public; you'll see art you never thought you would (I walked past a Damien Hirst and actually squealed). All in all, starting our LA trip at the Broad was the best call we made.
So, what are you waiting for?