The Un-Private Collection: Takashi Murakami and Pico Iyer
May 29, 8 PM
Orpheum Theatre, Downtown Los Angeles
In anticipation of the museum opening on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles in 2015, The Broad has launched The Un-Private Collection, a series of conversations featuring unexpected pairings of cultural leaders and influential artists in the Broad collections, taking place at venues around L.A.
On May 29, internationally acclaimed contemporary Japanese artist Takashi Murakami will be in conversation with bestselling author and longtime resident of Japan Pico Iyer. Murakami is known for his bold, graphic works that merge fine art, design and animation and continue to blur the lines between high art and pop culture. The author of numerous books on crossing cultures and a regular contributor to Time, Harper’s, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, and many other publications, Iyer’s writings intersect with Murakami’s work in their focus on the common disconnect between local tradition and imported global pop culture. The pair will discuss the complex social and historical narratives woven into Murakami’s work and how they reflect upon contemporary Japanese culture.
Not in town? Mark your calendar to watch a livestream of the conversation at thebroad.org. Questions from online and in-person audiences will be taken for the speakers to address at the end of the program.