I'd seen Instagram posts of this trippy room with all these cool lights and all these hashtags that I ended up following like a maze to discover The Broad. It was the last weekend of some installations at the new museum and thankfully I had a shoot up in LA that same weekend. So I met a friend who also has been dying to see this place and we went exploring.
The architecture alone in this place is something to open mouth gawk at!
I wasn't, however, expecting to be so incredibly moved to the core with goosebumps raising on my skin. Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirrored Room was definitely amazing, no doubt about it. I had to reserve a separate ticket after arriving an hour early before the museum opened, to receive a time slot, for this 45 second experience, 2 hours later. It all seemed like a gigantic build up for such a small moment in life, but it was something that couldn't be missed and I'm glad we didn't. But...
We were walking past the art on the walls and both heard music. For anyone that knows me, I of course had to find it. The exhibit usher told us we couldn't miss what was inside and that it was the last weekend it would be here. It was called, The Visitors, by Ragnar Kjartansson. I walked into what felt like an out of body experience. The most beautiful music coming from every inch of the room and as you walk, the sound would change from instrument to instrument. The exhibit features nine musicians repeating the same lyrics in various rooms at Rokeby farm in upstate New York, a decaying nineteenth-century mansion known for its romantic setting and gloomy charm. Each performer uses different instruments and plays the lyrics in their own deeply felt ways as a camera pans through the house in one long, extremely impressive sixty-four-minute take. The screens in the gallery project all at once, and reaches your core. The entire performance ran almost an hour and I wished I could've layed on the floor and just listened.
The handwritten score