Art-making, of course, is ancient, as is a topic long taken on by those who create art: food. From Paul Cèzanne's fruit-filled paintings to Giuseppe Arcimboldo's whimsical edible-packed portraits, what we eat has long been at the savory center of artists' most profound inspirations.
It stands to sugar-sweet reason, then, that The Broad is heading into its very first anniversary celebration with a focus on a frosting-covered classic: the cupcake. True, it is rather difficult to find the pert, made-for-one-person treats in older artworks, but The Broad is a contemporary art institution, and the cupcake is quite the dessert of today.
And if you show up at the Grand Avenue destination on Tuesday, Sept. 20, you'll enjoy the modern munchable at the oh-so-modern museum, all in honor of the museum's first anniversary. It's true: Eli and Edythe Broad's sculpture- and painting-laden landmark has now been a major part of the Los Angeles creative landscape for a full year (even if it does seem as though it just opened).
Sprinkles, the outfit behind the "Broad-inspired" cupcakes, will hand out the goodies on The Broad plaza to everyone visiting the museum on Sept. 20. Will you need a special ticket to nab your free treat? You will, and can get it inside the museum.
Also? The random handing-out of birthday party hats'll go down, so you may find yourself admiring legendary artworks while rocking a festive paper topper.
Also? The front of the museum will be decorated for the occasion (fingers crossed for some old-school crepe streamers crisscrossing The Broad's famed honeycombed exterior).
Advanced tickets to the museum are sold out for the anniversary, but, as is tradition with The Broad, there shall be a stand-by line. And if you can't get in, and you can't get that desired cupcake, swing by the downtown Sprinkles shop from Sept. 20 through Sept. 25.
The special Broad-y bites'll be available for purchase.
As for other celebratory snackage? Look to Otium, next to The Broad, which is offering a clam chowder homage to Andy Warhol and a cocktail that's got some Jeff Koons cred to it.
Both are for sale and on the restaurant's special menu.
On the non-edible front, "Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life" ends on Sunday, Oct. 2, while more of Yayoi Kusama's beloved "Infinity Mirror Rooms" are slated to visit The Broad beginning in the fall of 2017, right after the museum's second anniversary.
How fast time does fly, and how quickly these museums do grow.