A Journey That Wasn't
“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. The exhibition provides viewers space in which to reflect on their own malleable experiences of time, illusion and memory.”—Joanne Heyler, Founding Director
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 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. 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.
A Journey That Wasn’t will be on view in The Broad’s first floor galleries through early 2019 and is accessible with free general admission tickets. Public programs associated with the collection exhibition will be announced at a later date.
Installation view of Ragnar Kjartansson's The Visitors, 2012. Nine channel HD video projection. The Broad Art Foundation. Commissioned by the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich. © Ragnar Kjartansson. Photo: © Bruce Damonte