In anticipation of the museum opening, The Broad is holding talks around Los Angeles featuring cultural leaders and artists whose work in the Broad collections explores contemporary and controversial themes like politics, society, race and identity.
On October 11, Kara Walker, whose work depicts the utter depravity of the antebellum South with unflinching clarity, will be in conversation with Ava DuVernay, filmmaker and winner of the 2012 Sundance Best Director Award. Two of the most celebrated artists working today use narratives drawn from real life experiences to tell important stories from the perspective of African-American women. The recent success of Kara Walker's Sugar Baby installation at the Domino Sugar factory in Brooklyn and Ava DuVernay's much anticipated film Selma are bringing difficult yet vital American histories to a wide-ranging public. This dialogue will be an opportunity to hear insights on their art making across the disciplines of visual art and filmmaking.