In Brake Run Helix, Hill inverts the experience of riding a roller coaster, transforming it from a shared ritual of joy and terror to an individual performance: only one person may ride the roller coaster, Brava!, at a time. Brava!’s single cart emerges from behind a two-story velvet stage curtain, moves across the coaster’s pink tracks, and ultimately comes to rest on the wooden stage, while onlookers observe from below. Visitors can see the roller coaster activated by riders throughout the day. Are you interested in riding? The line starts here.
EJ Hill’s exhibition Brake Run Helix is an offering to our community—not only to experience the individual and collective joy of the roller coaster at its center, but also to activate the exhibition’s stage through conversations, performances, and gatherings in the spirit of joy. Keep an eye on the Community Programming in EJ Hill: Brake Run Helix webpage for news about upcoming programming.
Reservations to ride Brava! will be made available on a rolling basis throughout the duration of the exhibition. If reservations for your preferred day are full, keep checking back for new availability and subscribe to our newsletter to stay in the know. Please note, visitors can see the roller coaster activated by riders throughout the day with no reservations required.
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About the Artist
EJ Hill is a visual artist who lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Much of what he knows, he has learned from: Estelle Thompson, Karen Thompson, Ernest Hill Jr., Margaret Nomentana, Joan Giroux, Adam Brooks and Mat Wilson (Industry of the Ordinary), Andrea Fraser, Mario Ybarra Jr., Na Mira, Matt Austin, Young Chung, Jordan Casteel, TLC, Lauryn Hill, and Augie Grahn. He is forever indebted to these educators and thanks them endlessly.
This exhibition is organized by Alexandra Foradas, Curator of Visual Art at MASS MoCA. Makayla Bailey is the Co-editor and Interpretation Consultant.
Generous support for Brake Run Helix is provided by the VIA Art Fund, National Endowment for the Arts, and Further Forward Foundation.
EJ Hill, joy study (pre-drop palms), 2019.
Courtesy of the artist.