The New Broad

Eli Broad is at it again, building the Modern Art Museum that will more than probably supplant the Museum of Contemporary Art just across the street.

Here via an article in the L.A. Times from January:

When Eli Broad holds a public event, he seldom does it without the company of local politicians, cultural leaders and throngs of media professionals to underscore the influence that the Los Angeles billionaire and philanthropist exerts on the city’s arts landscape.

 

Broad presided over just such a ceremony Tuesday to mark a milestone in the construction of his namesake contemporary art museum, to be called the Broad, that is being built on Grand Avenue. It will feature works from the Broads’ private art collection and will serve as headquarters of the Broad Art Foundation.

 

The Broad isn’t scheduled to open until 2014, but the “topping out” ceremony on Tuesday morning recognized the placement of the steel beams that frame the three-level, 120,000 square-foot structure. A symbolic steel beam carrying the signatures of Broad, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and others was laid on top of the structure.

 

Broad said in an interview before the ceremony that he expects the museum to open its doors to the public in either late spring or early summer 2014. The museum’s estimated price tag of $130 million has not changed, he said, though its completion date has moved from 2012 to 2013 and, now, next year.

Right now, it’s Spring 2014.