The New York Times profiles Joanne Heyler, the longtime head of the Broad Art Foundation who will run billionaire art patron Eli Broad's new downtown Los Angeles museum. The Broad Museum, set to open in September, will showcase the contemporary-art collection amassed by Mr. Broad and his wife, Edythe, who have put $340 million into the project.
Ms. Heyler joined the foundation as an assistant curator in 1989 and has headed it since 1994. She and others interviewed by the Times discussed the museum's design, her plans to engage audiences, and the extent to which she will be in charge of an institution fully financed by Mr. Broad, who has played forceful roles in rescuing the nearby Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art and driving the city's downtown redevelopment. Mr. Broad said he meets weekly with Ms. Heyler but that she is "running the show," acting independently in hiring, budgeting, and programming.