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JASPER JOHNS: ‘SOMETHING RESEMBLING TRUTH’

Tickets for this landmark exhibition featuring over 120 extraordinary works by the iconic American artist Jasper Johns to go on sale Monday, Jan. 1, 2018 at noon PT

Widely known for his iconic early images of flags, targets, maps and numbers, Jasper Johns is an artist of unparalleled importance in the last century. In the first full survey of his work in more than 20 years in the United States, The Broad is presenting six decades of rarely loaned artworks from Johns’ remarkable and inventive career—many never before seen in Los Angeles. Jasper Johns: ‘Something Resembling Truth’, a collaboration with the Royal Academy, London, will be on view from Feb. 10 until May 13, 2018. The Broad is the exclusive U.S. venue for this exhibition.

On Monday, Jan. 1, 2018 at noon PT, The Broad will release timed tickets for the entire run of the exhibition at thebroad.org. Tickets will be $25 for adults, free for children 17 and under, and will include same-day general admission for The Broad’s third floor galleries. In celebration of this rare opportunity to consider Johns’ entire career in depth, The Broad will host free First Thursdays with free standby admission to the special exhibition from 4-7 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month during the exhibition’s run (Mar. 1, Apr. 5 and May 3, 2018). The Broad’s third floor galleries will continue to be accessible with free general admission tickets, and will show a robust selection of postwar and contemporary works from the Broad collection.

Jasper Johns: ‘Something Resembling Truth’ will feature more than 120 of the artist’s most significant paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings. With loans from dozens of museums and private collections from around the world, including significant works from the Broad collection, the exhibition will trace the evolution of the artist’s wide-ranging practice through a series of thematic chapters. The exhibition encompasses the full range of Johns’ materials, motifs and techniques—including his unique use of encaustic (heated beeswax) and found-material collage in paintings—and the innovations he has achieved in sculpture and the graphic arts by expanding the possibilities of traditional media. Johns’ use of accessible images will be thoroughly examined, seen continually transformed through the artist’s engagement with a wide range of human experiences. In a departure from a retrospective approach, Johns’ artistic achievements will be illuminated through the juxtaposition of early and late works throughout the exhibition.

The museum will be announcing an inventive slate of public programs that will further explore and contextualize the artist’s work through the performing arts and live public discussions of the essential influence of Johns on younger generations of artists.

One of the most influential and important artists to emerge in the last century, Johns has been seminal to the Broad collection. His work emerged with and has influenced numerous other Broad collection artists represented in depth, including Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Bruce Nauman, Ed Ruscha, John Baldessari and Sherrie Levine.

About the Exhibition
Organized by the Royal Academy of Arts, London in collaboration with The Broad, Jasper Johns: ‘Something Resembling Truth’ is curated by Edith Devaney, contemporary curator at the Royal Academy, and independent curator Dr. Roberta Bernstein, author of Jasper Johns’ Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings and Sculpture, who has written and lectured extensively on contemporary artists including Johns, Ellsworth Kelly and Robert Rauschenberg. Founding Director Joanne Heyler and Associate Curator Ed Schad are the host curators at The Broad. The exhibition title is taken from a 2006 interview in which Johns said, “Yet, one hopes for something resembling truth, some sense of life, even of grace, to flicker, at least, in the work.”
At The Broad, Jasper Johns: ‘Something Resembling Truth’ will begin with an entire gallery devoted to Johns’ complex treatment of the American flag, arguably his best-known image, deployed famously at the outset of his career in the 1950s as testing ground for a new direction for 20th century art, and for decades afterward, as an enduring, compelling and ever-evolving subject evoking a variety of social meanings.

Works exclusive to The Broad’s presentation of the exhibition include Figure 7, 1955 (Los Angeles County Museum of Art); Three Flags, 1958 (The Whitney Museum of Art, New York); White Target, 1958 (private collection); In memory of my feelings, Frank O’Hara, 1961 (Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago); Device, 1962 (Baltimore Museum of Art); Gray Alphabets, 1956 (The Menil Collection); Figure 5, 1960 (Centre Pompidou); and Flags, 1965 (Collection of the artist). Other highlights include Flag, 1958 (private collection); 0 Through 9, 1961 (private collection); Target, 1961 (The Art Institute of Chicago); Periscope (Hart Crane), 1963 (The Menil Collection, on loan from the artist); Between the Clock and the Bed, 1981 (National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C); Ventriloquist, 1983 (Museum of Fine Arts, Houston); Summer, 1985 (Museum of Modern Art, New York); and Bridge, 1997 (private collection).

The exhibition will reveal the continuities and changes in Johns’ work throughout his career. His use of accessible and familiar motifs established a new vocabulary in painting as early as the 1950s—his treatment of iconography and the appropriation of objects and symbols made the familiar seem unknown through the distinctive, complex textures of his works. Through his groundbreaking paintings and sculptures, Johns charted a radical new course in an art world that had previously been dominated by Abstract Expressionism.

In the 1960s, he added devices within his works, including studio objects, imprints and casts of the human figure, while works from the 1970s are dominated by abstract ‘crosshatchings.’ During this time, Johns began to explore printmaking and is now one of the most celebrated printmakers today. His work continued to evolve throughout the 1980s as he introduced a variety of images that engaged with themes involving memory, sexuality and the contemplation of mortality. From this time, Johns increasingly incorporated tracings and details of works by other artists, such as Matthias Grünewald, Pablo Picasso and Edvard Munch. The works of the 1990s built on the increasing complexity of subject and reference, and by the early 2000s, Johns had embarked on the pared down and more conceptual Catenary series which, along with other recent works, shows the rich productivity and vitality of this late phase of his career.

Jasper Johns: ‘Something Resembling Truth’ brings together artworks that rarely travel, including significant loans from the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Art Institute, Chicago; the Menil Collection, Houston; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Tate, London; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In addition, the artist has generously loaned a number of his works to the exhibition.

Jasper Johns: ‘Something Resembling Truth’ will be accompanied by an exhibition catalogue featuring writings by the curators Devaney and Bernstein, as well as essays from curator and critic Robert Storr, art historian Hiroko Ikegami and writer Morgan Meis. The contributing authors will discuss Johns’ extensive body of work from viewpoints of literature, contemporary culture and international significance.

About the Artist

Johns was born in Augusta, Georgia in 1930 and raised in South Carolina. He moved to New York in 1948 and returned in 1953 after two years of service in the U.S. Army. Johns’ works became widely known after his first solo exhibition at the Leo Castelli Gallery in 1958. Over the course of his career, he has collaborated with an array of other artists, including visual artists Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg, playwright Samuel Beckett and choreographer Merce Cunningham, serving as artistic advisor to the Merce Cunningham Dance Company for over a decade. The artist currently lives and works in Sharon, Conn.

Johns has held solo exhibitions throughout the world at institutions including the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Kunstmuseum Basel; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Johns won the Grand Prize for Painting at the Venice Biennale in 1988, and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011.

About The Broad

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 the 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 1.6 million visitors.
For more information on The Broad and to sign up for updates, please visit thebroad.org.

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THE BROAD CELEBRATES ITS ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY WITH FESTIVITIES, FREE CUPCAKES

WHAT:
With lines continuing to wrap around the block and visitors teeming along Grand Avenue, The Broad museum will celebrate its one-year anniversary with its visitors on Tuesday, Sept. 20. The museum’s entrance will be decorated for the occasion, and throughout the day, The Broad will distribute festive birthday hats and free cupcakes to visitors and hold pop-up art talks throughout the galleries. The Broad’s Founders Eli and Edythe Broad and Founding Director Joanne Heyler may make surprise appearances throughout the day to greet visitors.
 
Sprinkles Cupcakes will give away special Broad-branded cupcakes to museum-goers on The Broad’s plaza. Visitors entering the museum will receive a ticket that can be redeemed for a cupcake when they exit the museum. In addition, the special Broad-inspired cupcake will be sold at Sprinkles downtown Los Angeles location, 735 S. Figueroa, from Tuesday, Sept. 20 through Sunday, Sept. 25.  
 
Additionally, Otium restaurant on the plaza next to the museum will celebrate The Broad by featuring an Andy Warhol inspired clam chowder and a cocktail inspired by Jeff Koons’ iconic work Michael Jackson and Bubbles.
 
The museum will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 20. Advance free general admission tickets for the day are fully booked, but advance tickets for the Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life special exhibition, which closes Oct. 2, are still available at ticketing.thebroad.organd include admission to the full museum. An onsite standby line will be available at the museum until 3:30 p.m. Admission for the onsite standby line is first come, first served. Visitors are encouraged to check @TheBroadStandby on Twitter for current wait times. 

WHEN:

 

Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 
WHERE:

The Broad
221 S. Grand Ave. 
Downtown Los Angeles, CA 90012

About The Broad
The Broad is a new contemporary art museum built by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles. The museum, which is designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler, opened Sept. 20, 2015 with free general admission. The museum is home to the nearly 2,000 works of art in the Broad collection, which is among the most prominent holdings of postwar and contemporary art worldwide. With its innovative “veil-and-vault” concept, the 120,000-square-foot, $140-million building features two floors of gallery space to showcase The Broad’s comprehensive collection and is the headquarters of The Broad Art Foundation’s worldwide lending library. For more information on The Broad and to sign up for updates, please visit thebroad.org.

THE BROAD’S WINTER/SPRING PUBLIC PROGRAMMING SEASON TO FEATURE FOUR LOS ANGELES PREMIERES

Line-up includes performance artists Martine Syms, Xandra Ibarra and Cassils; musical performances by Ratking, Gabriel Garzón-Montano, Tyondai Braxton and Daniel Wohl; and a film screening of ‘Ashes and Embers,’ to bring new perspectives to the museum’s renowned contemporary art collection

Images: Ratking, photo by Ari Marcopoulos; Daniel Wohl, photo by Nathan Lee; Xandra Ibarra, photo by Shot in the City; Martine Syms, photo by Christopher Horne; Cassils, photo by Pekka Makinen; Tyondai Braxton, photo by Dusdin Condren

Images: Ratking, photo by Ari Marcopoulos; Daniel Wohl, photo by Nathan Lee; Xandra Ibarra, photo by Shot in the City; Martine Syms, photo by Christopher Horne; Cassils, photo by Pekka Makinen; Tyondai Braxton, photo by Dusdin Condren

The Broad today announced the line-up for the winter/spring season which will continue the museum’s thematic program series and include feminist performances, experimental musical artists and a film screening with panel discussion led by filmmaker Ava DuVernay. The season includes four Los Angeles premieres by Cassils, Martine Syms, Xandra Ibarra and Daniel Wohl. The Broad’s public programming is a complement to the museum’s extensive collection of contemporary art and brings a fresh perspective to the ideas embodied within the artwork at the museum.

After presenting two sold-out nights of Karen Finley’s The Jackie Look last month, The Broad’s feminist performance artist series, The Tip of Her Tongue, continues with explorations of the relationship of language to the racialized and gendered body with three emerging California performance artists. On Jan. 21, Martine Syms, an artist who works between poetry and performance to consider what lies between word, gesture and the body, performs Misdirected Kiss, a piece inspired by the curriculum of Maxine Powell, director of the in-house finishing school at Motown Records in the 1960s. On April 2, Xandra Ibarra, Cassils and a screening of a film in the Broad collection, Shirin Neshat’s Possessed, 2001, take the audience into and around the museum itself. In Cassils’ and Ibarra’s physical performances, the audience evolves into a crowd, gathered around the resistant, queer spectacle of each artist’s body. “These three California performance artists define the leading edge of experimental feminist performance—each approaches the demand to perform with a certain degree of ambivalence. Performance is a way of exploring and unsettling the disciplining of the body, the artist and the audience,” said Jennifer Doyle, professor at UC Riverside and curator of the series.

The Broad’s experimental pop music series, Callings Out of Context, continues with presentations of artists who confront our understanding of musical genres by demonstrating that “pop” as a creative practice can absorb the most disparate of musical types. On Jan. 23, New York–based Ratking’s music and poetic lyrics ricochets between nihilistic punk and self-assured hip-hop refusing to resolve to either type. Opening for Ratking is singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Gabriel Garzón-Montano, who exemplifies hybridity in his music. On Feb. 27, former Battles front man Tyondai Braxton and electro-acoustic musician Daniel Wohl push the edges of electronic music through the compositional rigor of classical music creating complex and fluid sonic landscapes. Wohl presents the Los Angeles premiere of his new album Holographic (New Amsterdam Records) with eight musicians and video artist Daniel Schwarz.

On Feb. 25, the popular ARRAY @ The Broad film series, produced in partnership with filmmaker Ava DuVernay’s arts collective ARRAY, dedicated to the amplification of films by people of color and women filmmakers, will screen Ashes and Embers, 1982, one of the most under-recognized films about race, nationalism and the treatment of Vietnam veterans as they attempt to re-enter society. As with the series’ first presentation of the film Paris Blues earlier this month, DuVernay will invite film, musical and visual artists into a candid dialogue about the issues confronted in the film and the creative practice from the artists’ viewpoint.

Tickets for all winter/spring programs will be available for reservation beginning Thursday, Dec. 17 at 1 p.m. at www.thebroad.org/programs. Note that many programs have very limited capacity.

About The Broad
The Broad is a new contemporary art museum founded by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles. The museum is designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler and offers free general admission. The museum is home to the 2,000 works of art in the Broad collection, which is among the most prominent holdings of postwar and contemporary art worldwide. With its innovative “veil-and-vault” concept, the 120,000-square-foot, $140-million building features two floors of gallery space to showcase The Broad’s comprehensive collection and is the headquarters of The Broad Art Foundation’s worldwide lending library.

THE BROAD TO PRESENT INAUGURAL SEASON OF PUBLIC PROGRAMMING

Fall line-up includes conversations, performances, music, family programs and more to bring fresh voices into dialogue with its renowned collection of art

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 6, 2015 —Following its September opening in downtown Los Angeles, The Broad has announced an inaugural season of public programming which will include conversations, performances, musical artists, film screenings and family weekends. The Broad’s public programming will bring fresh perspectives to the ideas and creative practices of the artists in the Broad collection through engagement with a wide array of leading voices in performance, film, music and children’s arts engagement.

“This fall, The Broad will be launching four new series to animate the themes and ideas explored by artists in the Broad collection,” said The Broad’s Director of Audience Engagement Ed Patuto, who is developing the museum’s programming. “We’ve invited guest curators who are doing some of the most innovative work in their respective fields to create programs that engage the public with the collection in unique ways.” Guest curators include:
filmmaker Ava DuVernay who is curating the film series ARRAY @ The Broad
composer Ted Hearne who is curating the music series Callings Out of Context
author and professor Jennifer Doyle who is curating The Tip of Her Tongue, which will present feminist performance artists
CARS (Community Arts Resources) who is developing The Broad’s Family Weekend Workshops
In addition, The Broad will continue its popular Un-Private Collection series of public talks with Designing The Broad a conversation about the architecture of the museum with principal-in-charge at Diller Scofidio + Renfro Elizabeth Diller, museum founder Eli Broad and The Broad’s Founding Director Joanne Heyler, moderated by architectural critic Paul Goldberger.

Other fall events include The Jackie Look, a performance by renowned performance artist Karen Finley as part of the series The Tip of Her Tongue; a musical performance by Helado Negro and Rabbit Rabbit (Carla Kihlstedt and Matthias Bossi) who will open Callings Out of Context; a screening of Paris Blues to launch the film series ARRAY @ The Broad; and The Broad’s first presentation of its Family Weekend Workshops, which will offer regular opportunities for families and children to more deeply explore the Broad collection.

Utilizing the location of The Broad among the world-class arts and cultural organizations on Grand Avenue, The Broad is partnering with the LA Phil and REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater) to present some of the fall programming.

Tickets for all fall programs will be available for reservation beginning Thursday, Oct. 8 at 1 p.m. Note that many programs have very limited capacity. The Broad’s next season of public programming will be announced in January 2016.

In addition to the programming developed for adults and families, The Broad is also launching programming for schoolchildren. Partnering with local arts organizations 826LA and Inner-City Arts, this programming will be developed this fall and available to grades 3 through 12 beginning in January 2016. Inner-City Arts’ teaching artists will utilize the Broad collection as a teaching tool for Inner-City Arts classes that will visit the museum to study artwork in the collection as part of Inner-City Arts’ curriculum.

The Broad will be hosting school visits in the hours before the museum opens to the public between January and May. These visits will be shaped by materials and activities developed through The Broad’s partnership with 826LA, a nonprofit writing and tutoring organization. The Broad has invited students from 826LA to visit the museum this fall to assist with developing creative writing activities and accompanying materials about artworks on view, to be used by schoolchildren during visits to The Broad. These activities and materials, available in English and Spanish, will offer schoolchildren and their teachers the opportunity to explore the Broad collection while developing critical and visual thinking skills through narrative, opinion and informational writing prompts. Over 30 mornings, The Broad will welcome a total of 3,000 schoolchildren in its first year. Applications for this program will be available for teachers of grades 3–8 on Nov. 30, 2015 (application deadline is Dec. 4, 2015, 11:59 p.m.) for visits beginning in mid-January. For teachers of grades 9–12, applications for school visits to The Broad will be available Jan. 18, 2016 (application deadline is Jan. 22, 2016, 11:59 p.m.) for visits beginning in March 2016. Scholarships for free buses will be available. Teachers can visit www.thebroad.org/schoolvisits at the above dates to apply.

The Broad is a new contemporary art museum founded by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles. The museum is designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler and offers free general admission. The museum is home to the 2,000 works of art in the Broad collection, which is among the most prominent holdings of postwar and contemporary art worldwide. With its innovative “veil-and-vault” concept, the 120,000-square-foot, $140-million building features two floors of gallery space to showcase The Broad’s comprehensive collection and will be the headquarters of The Broad Art Foundation’s worldwide lending library.

Media Contact:
Alex Capriotti, +1 213-232-6236, acapriotti@thebroad.org