Eli Broad may be the Lorenzo de Medici of the City of Angels according to Connie Brook, who wrote a profile of arts patron Eli Broad for the December 6 issue of The New Yorker. But part of that analogy involves Medici's rule of Florence through influence. Broad, a retired entrepreneur turned full-time philanthropist, has donated millions over the years. Is he looking to be the next John D. Rockefeller or J. Paul Getty?
Broad's vision is to develop Grand Avenue into a cultural hub, and to that end, he's donated much to MOCA and the Walt Disney Concert Hall. After volleying between MOCA and LACMA for years, he's decided to build his own museum across the street from MOCA: the Broad Collection for Modern Art. But hosting his own sizable collection (and considering a lend program to MOCA and/or LACMA) has some critics scratching their heads, wondering if this is a ploy to gain more influence over the modern and contemporary art centers.