Collection Exhibition

A Journey That Wasn't

Installation view of Ragnar Kjartansson's The Visitors, 2012.

A Journey That Wasn’t  brings forth the rich array of artworks in the Broad collection that capture the passage of time by including artists who use devices such as rhythm, repetition, duration, artifice and appropriation to investigate and distort our perceptions, memories and emotions.”

A Journey That Wasn’t explores complex representations of time, and features the return of the beloved video installation, The Visitors, by Ragnar Kjartansson. The exhibition 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. 40 of the 55 works in the exhibition are on view for the first time at The Broad. Painting, sculpture, photography, film and installation will be brought together to examine the passage of time by alluding to nostalgia or sentiments about aging, often depicting specific places in states of decay. Others imply movement or narrative within single still images; in these works, historical styles and events are ruptured, collaged and recontextualized, like portals into seemingly other worlds.

A Journey That Wasn’t will be on view in The Broad’s first floor galleries through early February 2019 and is accessible with free general admission tickets.

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A Journey That Wasn’t will be on view in The Broad’s first floor galleries through early February 2019 and is accessible with free general admission tickets.

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From the Curators

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; but it is also immaterial and unfixed. Time is often perceived through emotion, imagination, and the distortions of memory.

Presented through the lens of the Broad collection, A Journey That Wasn’t considers complex representations of time in contemporary art. Nuancing our assumptions about linear time, artists employ a variety of devices such as rhythm, repetition, duration, artifice, and appropriation. Some allude to nostalgia or sentiments about aging by depicting specific places in states of decay; these works can act as documentation, memorial, or symbol. Still others imply movement or narrative within single images; in these works, historical styles and events are ruptured, collaged, and recontextualized, like portals into other worlds.

Central to A Journey That Wasn’t are artists that present perceptual changes of time. One such artist is Pierre Huyghe, whose artwork serves as the title of this exhibition. Huyghe’s work captures the artist’s trip to Antarctica in search of an elusive albino penguin and his later restaging of the expedition as a performance in New York’s Central Park. Huyghe’s journey, both real and simulated, provides a baseline for time in this exhibition. The artworks in A Journey That Wasn’t share a sense of careful contemplation through such deconstructions. These works destabilize variables often assumed as given or constant, offering new modes to assemble meaning.

Highlighted Artwork

2012
nine channel HD video projection
2007
acrylic on canvas, diptych
48 x 330 in. (121.92 x 838.2 cm)
2005
framed chromogenic print
45 1/2 x 36 3/4 in. (115.57 x 93.35 cm)
2005
three framed chromogenic prints
45 1/2 x 36 3/4 in. (115.57 x 93.35 cm)
2006
Super 16 mm film and HD video transferred to HD video, color, sound
2007
chromogenic print mounted on Plexiglas in artist's frame
74 x 200 in. (187.96 x 508 cm)
1999-2000
mixed media
29 1/2 x 24 3/8 x 22 in. (74.9 x 61.9 x 55.9 cm)
2011
wood, sound board, inkjet print on Kitakata, paper, pins, magnifying glass, photographs, plastic, metal
99 x 192 1/2 x 18 in. (251.46 x 488.95 x 45.72 cm)

Installation Images