We all experience the effects of time passing—waiting in lines, keeping schedules and most intimately aging—yet time itself is a fragile concept. Using instruments of measurement, time is quantifiable; yet it is also immaterial and unfixed, often perceived through emotion, imagination and the distortions of memory.
A Journey That Wasn’t considers artists’ complex representations of time, and features the return of the beloved video installation, The Visitors, by Ragnar Kjartansson. The installation will be on view for the first time since the Broad's inaugural installation two years ago. The exhibition also presents more than 20 artists including Bernd and Hilla Becher, Gregory Crewdson, Andreas Gursky, Elliott Hundley, Pierre Huyghe, Anselm Kiefer, Sherrie Levine, Glenn Ligon, Sharon Lockhart, Paul Pfeiffer and Ed Ruscha. The featured works in the exhibition—ranging from painting and sculpture to photography, film and installation—examine the passage of time by alluding to nostalgia or sentiments about aging, often depicting specific places in states of decay; these works can act as documentation, memorial or symbol. Still others imply movement or narrative within single still images; in these works, historical styles and events are ruptured, collaged and re-contextualized as to become portals into seemingly other worlds.
More than half of the works in this collection exhibition will be on view for the first time at The Broad. Making their Los Angeles debuts are Ed Ruscha’s monumental diptych Azteca / Azteca in Decline, 2007; Sherrie Levine’s After Russell Lee: 1–60, 2016, a recent acquisition; and Sharon Lockhart’s entire Pine Flat Portrait Studio series, 2005. Collection artists whose work will be on view at The Broad for the first time include Crewdson, Hundley, Huyghe, Toba Khedoori and Ron Mueck.
The works in A Journey That Wasn’t share a sense of slowness, depicting forms and images evolving within narrow sets of conditions. By isolating and manipulating individual moments, the artworks included provide space for contemplation offering questions rather than answers about how we assemble meaning in our world.
A Journey That Wasn’t will be on view in The Broad’s first floor galleries through early 2019.
(Photo: Ed Ruscha, Azteca / Azteca in Decline, 2007. Acrylic on canvas, diptych, 48 x 330 in. The Broad Art Foundation. © Ed Ruscha)