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Frank Gehry

The Broad, LA's latest museum, remakes the city's art scene

When he arrived in Los Angeles more than 50 years ago, Eli Broad once said, he found himself in a city without a cultural center. So the billionaire arts patron decided to build one. On Sept. 20 that effort takes a major step forward with the opening of The Broad, a shining, pop-art styled museum holding 2,000 works by arguably every important contemporary artist of the last 60 years. The $140 million project featuring 50,000 square feet of exhibition space is the most recent accomplishment in Broad's ongoing effort to remake a once seedy section of downtown Los Angeles into the cultural arts center he's long envisioned. But more than that, says Joanne Heyler, a veteran...