With Timely Show, The Broad Brings Some of Modern Art's Biggest Names to LA

© Ragnar Kjartansson / Photo: Elísabet Davids

‘A Journey That Wasn’t’ highlights the fleeting nature of time and art.

As June gloom gives way to relentless July heat in Los Angeles, step inside the glittering white edifice of The Broad downtown for both a cool reprieve and a wide-ranging (and free) exhibition exploring complex representations of time and its passage from throughout art history. With more than fifty works drawn from the museum’s collection of post-war and contemporary art on display (over half of which will be on view for the first time at The Broad) and more than 20 artists represented, the show will run through early 2019.

Photo: Coley Brown

Artists have played with the perception of time in countless ways throughout history, whether experimenting with rhythm and repetition, playing with duration, confronting nostalgia and sentimentalism about aging, or showing the decay process. The works in this exhibition delve into all that and more through painting, sculpture, photography, film, and installation. There’s Ed Ruscha’s huge diptych Azteca/Azteca in Decline; Ragnar Kjartansson's film The Visitors, depicting a decrepit historic farm in upstate New York; Sherrie Levine’s monumental photographic work After Russell Lee: 1-60, in which she “re-authors” 60 photographs by Lee, a contemporary of Walker Evans’; Goshka Macuga’s reimagined-history tapestry, Death of Marxism, Women of All Lands Unite; and a great deal more unified by a sense of meditativeness, inviting viewers to contemplate their own searches for meaning in the world. From June 30; 221 S. Grand Ave.