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The Broad  The Broad is a contemporary art museum on Grand Ave. in downtown Los Angeles. General admission 🎟 is free. Come see #BroadJourney

“Painting relates to both art and life. Neither can be made. I try to act in that gap between the two.”—Robert Rauschenberg
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Celebrating #BroadCollection artist Robert #Rauschenberg today, on what would have been his 93rd birthday. Visit his artwork on view in our third floor galleries.
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#RobertRauschenberg, Untitled (1963), Untitled (1954) and Scripture II (1974)

A sweet hello to the weekend!
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#fanfriday #repost @simply.bernie

Ethiopian-born Julie Mehretu has established herself as one of the most exciting painters in the United States. Like other artists in the #BroadCollection, such as #FranzAckermann and #MarkBradford, Mehretu mines the history of abstract expressionism. Using all-over compositions and networked lines and webs, she considers contemporary life, from the sprawling growth of cities to the exponential expansion of information in the digital age. Mehretu’s work features multiple layers of visual texture, alternating between drawing and painting to build up great density and depth.
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The Broad's newest acquisition by Mehretu and the fifth work by the artist in the Broad collection, Congress (2003) imagines a large gathering of nations as a torrent of flags looming over a perspectival series of lines receding into space. The painting has been likened to a gate of a city, or perhaps the entrance into a sports stadium.
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Congress will be on view beginning October 19, along with three other works by Mehretu: Conjured Parts (eye), Ferguson (2016), Invisible Sun (algorithm 8, fable form) (2015) and Cairo (2013).
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#JulieMehretu, Congress, 2003. Ink and acrylic on canvas. © Julie Mehretu

"I tend to think having that extreme of color, that kind of black, is amazingly beautiful...and powerful. What I was thinking to do with my image was to reclaim the image of blackness as an emblem of power.”—Kerry James Marshall
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Happy birthday to #BroadCollection artist Kerry James Marshall, born on this day in 1955. While Marshall currently lives and works in Chicago, he grew up in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, where the Black Power and civil rights movements profoundly influenced his artistic practice. "You can't be born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1955 and grow up in South Central [Los Angeles] near the Black Panthers headquarters, and not feel like you've got some kind of social responsibility. You can't move to Watts in 1963 and not speak about it." Marshall, a graduate of @otiscollege, developed a signature style that focuses on "unequivocally, emphatically black" subjects to address the absence of black figures in the canon of Western art history. Through his formally rigorous paintings, drawings, videos and installations, he depicts African American identity, experience and consciousness, and unflinchingly confronts racial stereotypes within contemporary American society.
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Not on view: #KerryJamesMarshall, Untitled, 2017 and Untitled (Orange Pants), 2014. © Kerry James Marshall

Fifty years ago today at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, two African American Olympians, Tommie Smith and John Carlos (who’d won gold and bronze medals, respectively), lowered their heads and raised their black-gloved fists in a salute to human rights during the U.S. national anthem at their medal ceremony. As a result, these athletes were forced to leave the games and received death threats. That same year while living in Mexico, artist Elizabeth Catlett sculpted “Black Unity.” Carved from mahogany, the sculpture depicts a raised fist, the impactful symbol of protest against racist violence that communicates the urgent message of Black liberation. Five decades later, these issues remain as pressing as ever.
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“Art for me now must develop from a necessity within my people. It must answer a question, or wake somebody up, or give a shove in the right direction – our liberation.”—Elizabeth Catlett
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See Catlett’s sculpture in #SoulofaNation, coming to @thebroadmuseum on March 23, 2019.
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#ElizabethCatlett, Black Unity, 1968. Cedar. @crystalbridgesmuseum of American Art. © 2018 Catlett Mora Family Trust/Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY. Photo by Edward C. Robinson

“Helter Skelter I, like many of #MarkBradford’s works, confronts the economic and social structures that perpetuate issues of power, race and crime. It is a powerful work that deepens our Bradford holdings, and will become a centerpiece in our galleries.” –Joanne Heyler, Founding Director
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Mark Bradford's monumental painting - one of our newest acquisitions - will go on view in The Broad’s skylit third floor galleries this Friday, October 19. See it with free tickets!
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Mark Bradford, Helter Skelter I (detail), 2007. Mixed media collage on canvas. © Mark Bradford

Walking into the weekend like ✨
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#Repost #fanfriday @beyhanze

The large, bold artworks of #BarbaraKruger assimilate words and images from the deluge of contemporary mass media. Employing media effects and strategies, Kruger creates her own sexual, social and political messages, challenging the stereotypical ways mass media influences society’s notions about gender roles, social relationships and political issues.
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Barbara Kruger, Untitled (You are a very special person), 1995. Photographic silkscreen on vinyl; Untitled (Your body is a battleground), 1989. Photographic silkscreen on vinyl.

@jordanmatthewwolfson’s (Female figure), 2014, will make its U.S. museum debut at The Broad this Thursday, October 11. A robotic sculpture equipped with facial recognition software, this experiential artwork aggressively confronts assumptions about gender, sexuality and even our status as human subjects.
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This artwork will be on view Thursdays through Sundays through January 2019. Timed tickets to view this artwork are extremely limited and available online for the week each Monday at noon starting today. Availability is subject to change. Find out how to see it here: bit.ly/2phdwCj
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Jordan Wolfson, (Female figure), 2014. Mixed media. © Jordan Wolfson

Since starting its lending program in 1984, The Broad Art Foundation (now headquartered at The Broad) has made over 8,500 loans to more than 500 institutions worldwide. In the Land of the Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow (2014) by @takashipom – a fan favorite – will come off view October 15 as we prepare the artwork to be featured in a 2019 exhibition at @nationalgalleryofart. Come visit this incredible artwork before it leaves town!
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On view through October 15: #TakashiMurakami, In the Land of the Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow, 2014. Acrylic on canvas. © Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved

Celebrating #worldanimalday w/ @ruffcutzdtla 🐾

Congratulations to @shirin__neshat, who unveiled her commissioned portrait of @nobelprize_org winner and activist for female education, @malala Yousafzai, at @nationalportraitgallery in London yesterday.
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See more of #ShirinNeshat’s work at The Broad next October 2019 in Shirin Neshat: I Will Greet the Sun Again, a new major survey of her groundbreaking work originated by The Broad in collaboration with the artist.

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