Roberta Bernstein + Joanne Heyler + Ed Schad

The Un-Private Collection: Roberta Bernstein + Joanne Heyler + Ed Schad

Saturday, Feb 10, 2018
2 pm
Oculus Hall at The Broad
Tickets $35


The next program in The Broad’s Un-Private Collection series will present a conversation with Roberta Bernstein, co-curator of The Royal Academy and The Broad’s special exhibition, Jasper Johns: ‘Something Resembling Truth’, and host curators Joanne Heyler (Founding Director, The Broad) and Ed Schad (Associate Curator, The Broad). They will discuss Bernstein’s book, Jasper Johns: Redo an Eye, and such topics as how Johns is among the most influential and important living artists to emerge in the 20th century and his essential influence on younger artists.

A book signing with Bernstein will follow the conversation. Copies of Jasper Johns: Redo an Eye, which is Volume I of Jasper Johns: Catalogue Raisonné of Painting and Sculpture, will be available for purchase onsite from The Shop at The Broad.

Tickets include same-day timed entry to Jasper Johns: ‘Something Resembling Truth’ at 1 or 4 p.m.


Roberta Bernstein is co-curator of Jasper Johns: ‘Something Resembling Truth’, and author and project director of the five-volume Jasper Johns: Catalogue Raisonné of Painting and Sculpture. She has written and lectured extensively on Johns and other contemporary artists, including Ellsworth Kelly, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol and Maribel Escobar. Bernstein is professor emeritus of art history at the University at Albany, State University of New York; she received her Ph.D. from Columbia University.


Published by The Wildenstein Plattner Institute, along with the five-volume Jasper Johns: Catalogue Raisonné of Painting and Sculpture.

“Spanning over 60 years of Jasper Johns’s (b. 1930) prolific career, this spectacular publication is the most comprehensive and definitive study of the artist’s work to date. Written by noted Johns expert Roberta Bernstein, the book explores the synergy between continuity and change in the development of the artist’s work through 2014. The text is enlivened by the voluminous insight Bernstein has gained over decades of knowing the artist, and she incorporates Johns’s own unique manner of talking about his art through interviews and public statements. Each chapter is focused on a specific time period and its prevailing themes in Johns’s paintings and sculptures, and throughout the book related drawing and prints are referenced as contributions to an advanced understanding of the work.

“The book’s compelling subtitle (the phrase appears, camouflaged, in Johns’s 1966 painting Passage II), indicating an “eye” and an exhortation to “redo” it, neatly summarizes a persistent aspect of Johns’s art.  His works—at turns ambiguous, ironic, and poignant—simultaneously engage the visual senses and challenge habits of perception. Jasper Johns: Redo an Eye is a thoughtful celebration of how Johns’s art inspires the viewer to resist habits of perception, in turn affecting the way one experiences and interacts with the world: the hallmark of an extraordinary artist.”

About The Un-Private Collection

The Un-Private Collection is an ongoing series of public programs The Broad began in September 2013. The series introduces audiences to the museum’s 2,000-work contemporary art collection by showcasing stories behind the collection, the collectors and the artists. Since launching the program, The Broad has brought together a variety of artists whose works are in the Broad collection in conversation with cultural leaders, including Mark Bradford with Katy Siegel, Shirin Neshat with Christy MacLear, Jeff Koons with John Waters, Takashi Murakami with Pico Iyer, Eric Fischl with Steve Martin, John Currin with James Cuno, Kara Walker with Ava DuVernay and architect Elizabeth Diller with Eli Broad, Joanne Heyler and Paul Goldberger. Talks have been held at venues throughout Los Angeles, making the programming available to audiences across the city. Conversations are live-streamed and full videos of past talks are available online. The Un-Private Collection series is part of the Broad collection’s 30-year mission to make contemporary art accessible to the widest possible audience.

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