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.”
—Joanne Heyler, Founding Director
The exposition explores complex representations of time, and features the return of the beloved video installation, The Visitors, by Ragnar Kjartansson, presenting 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.
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’tconsiders 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.
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