The Broad Is Reopening in May with Lots of New Things to See

One of L.A.’s most popular museums is ready to welcome you back

One of L.A.’s most popular museums has confirmed its reopening plans. Modern art lovers will be able to return to the Broad starting May 26. And, when the doors open, there will be lots to check out.

The third floor of the museum will now be dedicated to single-artist exhibitions, including a number of pieces that have been held in the Broad’s collection but never displayed in the museum before, and some major new acquisitions. On the floor will be spaces to experience works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Roy Lichtenstein, Kara Walker, and Andy Warhol.

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Andy Warhol, Superman (Myth Series) 1981; Statue of Liberty (Fabis), 1986; Flowers, 1964; Self Portrait, 1966; Installation view at The Broad. Photo by Joshua White

On the first floor, the special exhibition space will initially be turned over to a new show titled Invisible Sun. The exhibit features works by a number of artists, assembled by curators because the pieces “resonate with our unprecedented period of rupture and collective desire for healing and recovery,” according to a statement from the museum.

“Experiencing art in person offers unique healing, joy, and insights that we hope can play a meaningful role in collective recovery,” the museum’s founding director, Joanne Heyler, writes. “We cannot wait to welcome back our community to the Broad’s galleries, safely, after the long and unprecedented closure of the past 14 months.”

Upon reopening, expect some updated safety protocols, including limited capacity and hours, touchless experiences, and mandatory symptom screenings. For the time being, the Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirror Rooms will be closed, and events programming will remain online only. Timed tickets will be required and will be available for online booking starting on May 12. The initial reopening schedule is Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Before it opens to the general public, the Broad will be thanking health care workers and community organizers with a series of preview days for staff of institutions including Keck Medicine of USC, Homeboy Industries, libraries, youth outreach groups, and other organizations.

Staring in June, the Broad will no longer be the only free art museum along that particular corridor. MOCA, which is set to reopen June 3, has dropped admissions fees, so you can museum hop even more easily.

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