A Journey That Wasn’t

Saturday, June 30, 2018 - Thursday, January 31, 2019
The Broad Museum 221 S. Grand Ave Los Angeles, CA 90012 Map and directions
Ragnar Kjartansson -
Ragnar Kjartansson - "The Visitors"
© Ragnar Kjartansson. Photo: Elísabet Davids
Ragnar Kjartansson -
Ragnar Kjartansson - "The Visitors" (2012)
© Ragnar Kjartansson. Photo: Elísabet Davids
Ragnar Kjartansson -
Sharon Lockhart - "Pine Flat Portrait Studio, Sierra" (2005)
Ragnar Kjartansson -
Pierre Huyghe - "A Journey That Wasn't" (2006)

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.

Exhibition Info and Tickets:
June 30, 2018 - early 2019

The Broad
221 S. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Monday | CLOSED*
Tuesday | 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Wednesday | 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Thursday | 11 a.m.–8 p.m.
Friday | 11 a.m.–8 p.m.
Saturday | 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
Sunday | 10 a.m.–6 p.m. 

About the sponsor:
The Broad is a contemporary art museum founded by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles. Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler, the museum offers free general admission. The Broad is home to more than 2,000 works of art in the Broad collection, which is among the most prominent holdings of postwar and contemporary art worldwide, and presents an active program of rotating temporary exhibitions and innovative audience engagement. The 120,000-square-foot building features two floors of gallery space and is the headquarters of The Broad Art Foundation’s worldwide lending library, which has actively loaned collection works to museums around the world since 1984. Since opening in September 2015, The Broad has welcomed more than 1.7 million visitors.