Jeff Koons and John Waters

The Un-Private Collection: Jeff Koons and John Waters

Monday, Feb 24, 2014
7:30 pm—9:30 pm
The Orpheum Theater


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“As with all great contemporary art, Jeff Koons’ work at first leaves you confused and possibly angered. His sculptures and paintings are deadpan, misleading, comforting, and even threatening at times in their guiltless devotion to innocence. Koons is never campy or even merely clever. Just smart.”
– John Waters on Jeff Koons

The Broad presented an enlightening, irreverent, unforgettable evening with two icons of pop and visual culture. Writer and filmmaker John Waters lead artist Jeff Koons in a conversation about the inspiration and ideas behind his unique works—many of which are in the Broad collection—against the backdrop of Broadway’s glamorous Orpheum Theatre.

Video of full program available above.

View works by Jeff Koons in the collections

Guest Curators

Co-presented with the Library Foundation of Los Angeles’s ALOUD series


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About The Un-Private Collection

The Un-Private Collection is an ongoing series of public programs The Broad began in September 2013. The series introduces audiences to the museum’s 2,000-work contemporary art collection by showcasing stories behind the collection, the collectors and the artists. Since launching the program, The Broad has brought together a variety of artists whose works are in the Broad collection in conversation with cultural leaders, including Mark Bradford with Katy Siegel, Shirin Neshat with Christy MacLear, Jeff Koons with John Waters, Takashi Murakami with Pico Iyer, Eric Fischl with Steve Martin, John Currin with James Cuno, Kara Walker with Ava DuVernay and architect Elizabeth Diller with Eli Broad, Joanne Heyler and Paul Goldberger. Talks have been held at venues throughout Los Angeles, making the programming available to audiences across the city. Conversations are live-streamed and full videos of past talks are available online. The Un-Private Collection series is part of the Broad collection’s 30-year mission to make contemporary art accessible to the widest possible audience.

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