The Los Angeles museum is now temporarily closed to support efforts to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, as the death toll surged toward 4,000 in the United States.
The Broad has since adapted its digital programming in the light of the current health crisis, launching several online initiatives to “inspire the museum’s audience and help people remain connected to one another.”
Among them are the “Infinite Drone” project, which allows art lovers to experience Yayoi Kusama’s “The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away” (2013) from the comfort of their own home. The LED installation is one of the two “Infinity Rooms” in The Broad’s collection, along with the Japanese artist’s “Longing for Eternity” (2017).
The Broad is now reimagining Kusama’s “The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away” in a new Instagram TV series, pairing it throughout the museum’s closure with musical compositions by Los Angeles-based sound artists and musicians. “Take an opportunity to delve into the spiritual aspects of Kusama’s exploration of eternity — paired with aural selections chosen curated by The Broad, including drone, electronic, ambient, and pop music,” the cultural institution wrote on Instagram.
The Broad collaborated with Geneva Skeen for the first edition of the “Infinite Drone” project, whose practice is influenced by “écriture féminine, alchemical metaphors, and a range of musical traditions ranging from holy mysticism to industrial.”
Footage of the Infinity Room is soundtracked to Skeen’s “The Oval Window,” which she composed by using recordings of voice and piano processed through digital and analogue technologies.
“People experience spirituality or practice contemplation in many different ways. By bringing in a variety of musical approaches, we hope to provide a range of ways to delve into aspects of Kusama’s work,” Ed Patuto, who is The Broad’s director of audience engagement, told Artnet News in a statement.
In addition to launching the “Infinite Drone” project, The Broad also introduced “Interplay: Poetry and Art.”
The digital initiative displays multidisciplinary poems alongside accompanying artworks, allowing self-isolated art lovers to explore the relationship between art and literature.
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The Broad’s new series, Interplay: Poetry and Art, features poets working in a variety of styles to respond to specific artworks in the Broad collection to demonstrate the bond between visual art and literature. Some of the writings are new ekphrastic poems, and others come from the catalog of the poet’s previously written works, chosen by the poet specifically to pair with an artwork. In the first of our series, poet and 2018 Guggenheim Fellow Amy Gerstler responds to John Baldessari’s Horizontal Women (1987). ___ John Baldessari, Horizontal Women, 1987. Photographs mounted on board. The Broad Art Foundation. © John Baldessari
As part of its #TheBroadFromHome program, the cultural institution is releasing weekly art activity tutorials for art lovers of all ages. The videos present activities that families can do together at home by following the guidelines of an artist from The Broad collection.
The first instalment of the weekly series follows Los Angeles-based artist Mark Bradford, who is known for using discarded materials found on city streets such as advertisements, flyers, billboards, comic books and more.
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Create artworks at home inspired by artists from the Broad collection with our new weekly art activity tutorials for families, which will be released every Friday. Our first video with step-by-step instructions is an activity inspired by the technique of Broad collection artist Mark Bradford, a Los Angeles-based artist known for using discarded materials found on city streets such as advertisements, flyers, billboards, comic books, and more. Go on a hunt for materials for this activity inside your home to make a one-of-a-kind accessory! —— Special thanks to Leading Partner @eastwestbank.us and supporting partner @landroverusa
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