Thomas Houseago + Flea

The Un-Private Collection: Thomas Houseago + Flea

Thursday, Jan 26, 2017
8 pm
The Theatre at Ace Hotel
Tickets $15


The next program in The Un-Private Collection talk series will present a conversation with artist Thomas Houseago and rock bassist and art collector Flea. Works by Houseago in the Broad collection are currently on view as part of the museum's collection installation, Creature, on view through March 19. The pair will discuss Houseago’s inspirations and practice, and the impact that visual art and music can have on each other, among other topics.

A ticket for this program also allows you to visit The Broad and skip the general admission entry line anytime between Jan. 24 - 29. Tickets available online and onsite at the box office at The Theatre. 

Studio Jams

Listen to a playlist of songs that artist Thomas Houseago is currently playing in his studio:


Un-Private Playlist

Listen to 20 of Flea's most loved songs:

About Thomas Houseago

Thomas Houseago was born in Leeds, England, in 1972 and lives and works in Los Angeles. He studied at Central Saint Martins, London, and De Ateliers, Amsterdam. Houseago sculpts monumental figurative works out of an array of materials, eliciting modernist art-historical notions and representational methods. His works appear both powerful and vulnerable, sowing ruin and decline into ideas of the monument. Houseago has participated in the Whitney Biennial, and his work has been exhibited internationally, including solo shows at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag; Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, New York; Rennie Collection at Wing Sang, Vancouver; Modern Art Oxford; and the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. The Broad collection includes two of Houseago’s works including Giant Figure (Cyclops), 2011, a transhistorical reflection uniting Greek and Roman sculpture to contemporary action figures via modernist distortions of form found in works by Picasso and Rodin, on view in the collection installation, Creature, through March 19. View works by Thomas Houseago in the Broad collection.

About Flea

Flea is best known as the bassist and co-founding member of Red Hot Chili Peppers, one of the most successful acts in rock history. The band has sold more than 60 million albums, including five multi-platinum LPs, and has won six Grammy Awards. Red Hot Chili Peppers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. In 2009, Rolling Stone's readers ranked Flea the second-best bassist of all time. Flea has appeared in films that span many genres, such as SuburbiaBack to the Future Part II and Part IIIMy Own Private IdahoThe ChaseFear and Loathing in Las VegasThrashin', Low Down, and The Big Lebowski. Flea is the co-founder, with Keith Barry, of Silverlake Conservatory of Music, a non-profit music education organization in Los Angeles founded in 2001 for underprivileged children.


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Guest Curators

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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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