Station to Station

  • Tuesday June 06, 2017 7:00 PM

Station to Station, Doug Aitken, 2013, 62 one-minute films

Nine vintage train cars, strewn with multicolored LEDs, zoomed cross-country, filled with a rotating cast of contemporary artists and musicians, including Beck, Patti Smith, Ed Ruscha, William Eggleston, Cat Power, Thurston Moore and Mark Bradford. . . . Along the way, Aitken shot and directed a feature film that's not so much a documentary of the project as it is an offshoot of it. Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times, August 19, 2015

Station to Station is a living project exploring modern creativity. The project first crossed North America by train, from the Atlantic to the Pacific, over 23 days in September 2013. Over the course of the journey, a constantly changing group of creative contributors joined and took part in ten events in major cities and off-the-grid locations. What began as a train journey evolved into a platform for non-commercial creativity and cross-collaboration between different mediums.

The book Station to Station features more than 200 full-color images and numerous conversations documenting the train’s journey from coast to coast. Published by DelMonico Books, it is currently available in the Modern Shop.


Tuesday Evenings at the Modern: Films is a summer extension of the lecture series. This film-based weekly program runs through the summer months and strives to continue the consideration of ideas and issues pertaining to the art and architecture of the Modern, as well as to contemporary art in general.  

The screenings this summer focus on the genre of road films, as recommended by the artist Doug Aitken. Each selection addresses notions of the nomadic, time and space through movement, the horizon line, and/or the landscape and culture of the West in conjunction with the Modern’s summer exhibition Doug Aitken: Electric Earth. Visit for more information.

To create a full experience, these presentations include a brief introduction and opportunity for discussion following the films. Seating is available in the Modern's auditorium at 6:30 pm, and the program begins at 7 pm. The museum's galleries are open until 7 pm on Tuesdays during Tuesday Evenings at the Modern: Films. This program is free and open to the public. Up to two free tickets can be obtained at the information desk beginning at 5 pm the day of the screening.