The Broad Museum Opening – Round 2
After the Sept. 17 black-tie gala opening for 700 at the new Broad museum, what could possibly come next?
The answer: Another gala opening Sept. 18 for nearly 700 more guests, and another star-studded guest list — with former President Clinton topping the list of celebrities, artists, art collectors, arts professionals and friends of Eli and Edye Broad, the couple behind L.A.’s new contemporary art museum.
“We had so many people to invite that we had to split [the party] into two nights,” said Eli Broad, as he greeted early arrivals on the plaza beside the dramatic honeycombed facade of fiberglass-reinforced concrete.
Click here to read my whole story in the Los Angeles Times and scroll down the page to see more pictures from the Sept. 19 Opening Night for the Broad Museum.
As an aside, Bill Clinton is just as charming and charismatic as people say. One after another, party guests approached him to shake his hand, get their picture taken or just say hello and he welcomed them all.
Aside from our conversation about the museum, I told him of my experiences in India, where random people with no prompting whatever, would stop what they were doing to tell me how much they admire our former president.
As one example, I told him about an Indian tailor who spoke to me through a translator, as he altered a sari-type outfit for me to wear to a local wedding. Then after about a half-hour of my talking to the translator, who talked to him, and him talking to the translator who talked to me, he turned to me as though he thought of something important, and said – in English – “I like Bill Clinton.”
“It’s a wonderful country,” Clinton said and talked of reintegrating our country with India, addressing the Indian parliament and launching a program to use low-priced Indian generic drugs to help save the lives of people with AIDS.
The crowd: In addition to Edye and Eli Broad and Bill Clinton, others celebrating the opening included founding director Joanne Heyler; director Ava DuVernay; actors Reese Witherspoon, Matthew Perry, Tim Allen, Fran Drescher, Michael York, Carl Weathers, Debbie Allen and LeVar Burton; and TV personalities Heidi Klum and Larry King.
More were artists Edgar Arceneaux, Kenny Scharf, Maynard Monroe, Bill Viola, Andy Moses and Alex Israel; Billie Milam Weisman, director of the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation; gallery owner Michael Kohn and restaurateur Caroline Styne of Lucques, (who will be taking over catering at the Hollywood Bowl next season.)
Yet more were the museum’s architects Ricardo Scofidio and Elizabth Diller; LA Opera president Christopher Koelsch; Library Foundation president Ken Brecher; Dallas Price-Van Breda, Linda Janger, Eva and Marc Stern, Judi and Gordon Davidson, Adele and Gordon Binder, Dale and Don Franzen, Marti and Tony Oppenheimer, Catharine and Jeffrey Soros, and many others.
Second photo: Broad museum founding director Joanne Heyler, left, and Academy Award-nominated director Ava DuVernay at the Sept. 18 Broad Museum Opening, attended by Bill Clinton and 700 other guests (Photo by Ryan Miller/ Capture Imaging)
Third photo: Ellen Olivier, this website’s author, happy to be talking with Bill Clinton at the Sept. 18 Broad Museum Opening in Los Angeles (Photo by Ryan Miller/ Capture Imaging)
Fourth photo: TV personality Heidi Klum admires the artwork at the Sept. 18 Broad Museum Opening in Los Angeles (Photo by Ryan Miller/ Capture Imaging)
Fifth photo: CAA Agent Jim Toth and Reese Witherspoon attend the Sept. 18 Broad Museum Opening in Los Angeles, attended by actors, artists, collectors, arts professionals and others (Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)
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Published Sept. 26, 2015 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA