Jordan Wolfson's (Female figure)
"I was mostly just interested in the physicality of what I’d seen in the animatronic field, and I was also interested in making a sculpture that had the potential to be chronological or structural in the same way a video is. My hope is that the work dips in and out of spectacle."
Artist Jordan Wolfson's (Female figure), 2014, is an immersive environment that features a robotic sculpture. For seven minutes, the robot gives monologues and dances to pop songs. Startling and unnerving, the work raises the specter of misogyny and exposes fissures in pop culture. It challenges the ways women are represented, and the ways images of women are consumed.
The sculpture resembles a hypersexualized female, but it also complicates such a reading and evades easy consumption. In a brightly lit room that is more sterile than sensual, the robot wears a witch mask and is covered in black smudges. The figure faces a mirrored wall to which it is attached by a rod piercing its torso. Traditionally, art is a one-directional experience: you alone observe the artwork. Here, however, the robot uses facial recognition software to “look at” the viewer, returning your stare. This may feel like the sculpture is objectifying you, treating you like an object.
(Female figure) challenges assumptions about gender, sexuality and even our status as human subjects.
This artwork has extremely limited capacity and is not suitable for children.
How to Reserve Advance Tickets
- (Female figure), 2014 requires a timed ticket, which must be reserved in advance.
- (Female figure) is on view Thursday through Saturday from 12 p.m. to closing (8 p.m.), and on Sunday from 10:15 a.m. to closing (6 p.m.), October 11, 2018, through January 20, 2019, with a break from November 29 through December 2 due to scheduled maintenance.
- Timed tickets will be released on The Broad’s website every Monday at noon PT for the current week. For example, tickets will be available at noon on October 8 for October 11-14. Availability is subject to change.
- Due to the nature of the installation, tickets are extremely limited.
- You may reserve only one time slot for up to four people.
- Timed tickets are reserved in 15-minute intervals.
- You may view the installation only once at your reserved time slot.
- We are unable to accommodate late arrivals. If you arrive past the time on your reserved ticket, you will not be able to view the installation.
- Due to the complex technology of this artwork, the installation may require unplanned maintenance; this may result in delays or the cancellation of a visit. We cannot guarantee that we will be able to reschedule a delayed or cancelled visit that is due to unplanned maintenance.
- Timed tickets to (Female figure) include general admission access to the museum following your viewing.
- Timed tickets to (Female figure) DO NOT include access to Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room—The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away.
On the Day of Your Reservation
- We recommend that you arrive at The Broad at least 15 minutes prior to your timed ticket.
- For admission into the museum, go to The Broad's main entrance located at the corner of 2nd St. and Grand Ave. and show your timed ticket for (Female figure) to a Visitor Services Associate (VSA) to be admitted into the museum.
- Please arrive 5 minutes before your reserved timeslot at the installation on the third floor to check in for your viewing. Failure to check in 5 minutes prior to your reserved timeslot at the entrance of the installation on the third floor will result in cancellation. If you aren’t sure where to go, ask any Visitor Services Associate (VSA) for directions!
- (Female figure) is an intense, intimate experience. This artwork contains a life-sized, animatronic sculpture equipped with facial recognition technology that enables it to see and respond to viewers.
- Up to four visitors at a time will enter a small, enclosed room with the robot for up to 12 minutes. You may be required to enter the room with other visitor(s).
- (Female figure) contains content that is not suitable for children. Parents should use discretion.
- (Female figure) is not recommended for individuals with claustrophobia and/or sensitivity to loud sounds.
- Visitors are not permitted to touch the figure. Due to the nature of the work, the robot will respond to your presence. For your safety and for the safety of the artwork, please do not touch the figure.
- The Broad reserves the right to deny admission to or remove any person from the installation we determine to be engaging in any unsafe act or other act that is harmful and disruptive.
- Handheld photography/videography is permitted – no flash is allowed.