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The spotlight is on Frank Gehry and Eli Broad this month with the openings of LACMA’s Gehry retrospective and The Broad museum on Grand Avenue. Plus, a strange preservation story from Berlin and an exhibition that aims to add flair to wheelchairs, walkers and other types of “assisted mobility.

Image: Creating Freedom by Gini Wheelborne. It is one of the artworks featured in the new exhibit "Opulent Mobility."

Producers:
Frances Anderton
Caroline Chamberlain

Spotlight on Frank Gehry and Eli Broad 9 MIN, 55 SEC

This is a big month for two of LA’s longtime citymakers: the architect Frank Gehry and businessman-philanthropist Eli Broad. Eli Broad’s much-anticipated museum,The Broad, will open to the public -- and so will ‘Frank Gehry,' a retrospective at LACMA of the architect’s long career. It coincides with the publication of a biography -- and a life achievement medal from the Getty. These sound like the honors given to a man in the sunset of his career -- except that Frank is busy with new projects, including his surprise involvement with the LA River.

Berlin's City Palace 11 MIN

When DnA went to Berlin in June, we encountered a strange tale of architecture, preservation and German power.

The story involves the onetime home of the Hohenzollerns -- the former Prussian royal family. Their Baroque “schloss,” or castle, was one of the oldest buildings in the heart of Berlin and its rise and fall and rise again embodies Berliners angst about their history, from the 1st World War to the DDR -- and has even touched people in Los Angeles.

DnA’s producer Caroline Chamberlain shares her findings.


Opulent Mobility 7 MIN, 32 SEC

How you ever gone to a medical devices store and been struck by just how grim and clinical the products look?

That was how artist A. Laura Brody felt when she was thrown into the world of assisted mobility. Her belief that dependency shouldn’t mean loss of beauty has lead to ‘Opulent Mobility,’ an exhibition of art, designs and inventions dealing with disability and mobility, on at CSUN’s West Gallery.

Laura Brody is co-curator and she told DnA all about her work in “pimping out wheelchairs and walkers.”


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