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Lucky Dragons, performing on June 26, 2015

Friday Flights is a series of interdisciplinary happenings that brings together a range of Los Angeles-based artists to transform the Getty experience.

Held monthly each June, July, and August, Friday Flights invites artists to respond to the Getty's unique architecture and gardens and forge new connections to the collections and exhibitions through music, performance, film, and other creative interventions.


Brendan Fernandes presents Free Fall 49 with How To Dress Well
William Tyler + Noveller
Sam Rowell

Date: Friday, June 16, 2017
Time: 6:00–9:00 p.m.
Location: Museum Courtyard
Admission: Free; no ticket required.

Artist Brendan Fernandes presents Free Fall 49, a dance, sculptural installation, and performance wherein dancers fall 49 times, once for every victim of the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida on June 12, 2016. Musician How To Dress Well intervenes as DJ, punctuating the evening with moments of silence.

Free Fall 49 engages the falling body as a metaphor for queer politics in an attempt to understand brutality and offer sanctuary. It acts as a memorial to the targeted men and women at Pulse, whose appearance and culture were at a charged intersection of race, gender, and sexual orientation. They are remembered one year later, as bodies of difference remain war zones between political control and freedom of expression. Here the metaphor of falling includes the perseverance of getting back up, and defiance in the face of perceived defeat.

Brendan Fernandes is a Canadian artist of Kenyan and Indian descent. He completed the Independent Study Program of the Whitney Museum of American Art (2007) and earned his MFA from the University of Western Ontario (2005) and his BFA from York University in Canada (2002). Fernandes has exhibited widely domestically and abroad, including exhibitions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Musee d'art contemporain de Montreal; The National Gallery of Canada, Ontario; and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam among several others.

Los Angeles-based R&B pop musician How To Dress Well is known for his critically acclaimed emotional, nostalgic, and soulful sound, evolved through four major albums on Lefse, Weird World, and Domino Records, among other recordings, three times being named "Best New Music" by Pitchfork.

Two extraordinary solo guitarists, William Tyler and Noveller (Sarah Lipstate), who draw from radically different ends of the musical spectrum, perform together in a special collaboration, blending their unique approaches to the instrumental narrative.

Nashville-native Tyler is known for his intricate fingerpicking style that creates dramatic sonic landscapes that mine the complexities of the American experience. A one-time member of Lambchop and Silver Jews, Tyler has release four critically acclaimed albums since 2010 which have led to several U.S and international tours, and collaborations and performances with Hiss Golden Messenger and Wilco.

Noveller is guitarist and composer Sarah Lipstate, whose avant-garde and darkly cinematic aesthetic is built from pushing the limits of the Fender Jazzmaster through endless permutations of effects and experimental processes to create spacious and urbane dreamscapes. Having released several recordings as solo performer, Noveller has toured with St. Vincent, Radiolab, Xiu Xiu, the Jesus Lizard, and recently was sought out by Iggy Pop, who asked her to be his opening act on his Post Pop Depression tour in 2016.

Sam Rowell is a musician, creative broadcaster, and investigator of sonic phenomenon and photosonic technologies. She is one-half of radical improv project Eloe Omoe and curates the radio program Special Collections on KCHUNG. Concentrating on the visceral experience made possible by the confluence of light and sound, Rowell will create an installation among the flowers of the Central Garden that is both immersive and meditative, shepherding those who experience it through dusk to darkness.

Previously in the series

David Horvitz & Xiu Xiu, Martine Syms, Laurel Jenkins (choreographer) presents B A S E (a durational rule game), wild Up presents Odeya Nini, and Archie Carey
August 26, 2016

Friday Flights brings together a wide range of Los Angeles-based artists for an interdisciplinary series of happenings across the Getty Center from galleries to gardens. This program includes a project by artist David Horvitz and musician Xiu Xiu, a performative lecture by Martine Syms, a bassoon and vocal collaboration between Archie Carey and Odeya Nini presented by wild Up, and B A S E (a durational rule game) by choreographer Laurel Jenkins.

David Horvitz & Xiu Xiu, sound installation in the Central Garden

M. Geddes Gengras, Jim Drain, Jennifer Juniper Stratford, The Bushes (Ry Rocklen & Nick Lowe), wild Up presents Lewis Pesacov, Veggie Cloud Film Series: Collections
July 29, 2016

Friday Flights brings together a wide range of Los Angeles-based artists for an interdisciplinary series of happenings across the Getty Center from galleries to gardens. This program includes music by M. Geddes Gengras and wild Up's Lewis Pesacov, installations by Jim Drain and Jennifer Juniper Stratford, a performance by Ry Rocklen and Nick Lowe's The Bushes, and a film program presented by Veggie Cloud.

Chris Cohen, Song of Eurydice by Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs & mecca vazie andrews, wild Up presents Andrew Tholl, Keith J. Varadi, Veggie Cloud Film Series: Quarry
July 15, 2016

Friday Flights brings together a wide range of Los Angeles-based artists for an interdisciplinary series of happenings across the Getty Center from galleries to gardens. This program includes music by Chris Cohen on the Main Stage, a multi-site music performance by wild Up's Andrew Tholl, Song of Eurydice, a choral and dance performance by mecca vazie andrews and Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs with costumes by 69, a poetry reading organized by artist Keith J. Varadi, and a film program presented by Veggie Cloud.

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Michael Parker & Wesley Hicks present Juicerina, wild Up presents Chris Kallmyer, Kianí del Valle, Poster by David Horvitz, Veggie Cloud Film Series: Tram
June 10, 2016

Friday Flights brings together a wide range of Los Angeles-based artists for an interdisciplinary series of happenings across the Getty Center from galleries to gardens. This program includes music by Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith on the Main Stage, a site-wide performance by Michael Parker and Wesley Hicks on handmade ceramic instruments called "juicerinas," a solo performance by dancer and choreographer Kianí del Valle, wild Up's Chris Kallmyer performing with 1,000 live crickets in the Central Garden, a film program presented by Veggie Cloud, and a limited edition poster by artist David Horvitz.

Hosted by 5 Every Day
August 28, 2015

Claire L. Evans and Jona Bechtolt make up the band YACHT and, in addition to releasing five studio albums largely with legendary dance label DFA Records, they perform, make objects, events, texts, video, products, websites, and other miscellaneous things. Recently, they launched an app called 5 Every Day, a daily list of five interesting things to do in Los Angeles culled from their own favorite places and happenings in the city, often digging into lesser-known histories and unearthing obscure "only-in-LA" events. But the app isn't just a simple calendar—through its unique voice it reveals the expansive knowledge and infectious open-hearted curiosity these musicians embody. Given their penchant for covering a mix of visual art, film, music, sci-fi, comedy, and even some oddball Californalia, 5 Every Day will undoubtedly bring a shrewd and surprising program to the Getty.

Installation by YACHT

Hosted by Ducktails
July 24, 2015

Ducktails is a solo music project by Matt Mondanile, guitarist for indie-rock headliners Real Estate, that consists of breezy pop gems that evoke languid suburban summer afternoons with tinges of an unplaceable nostalgia. Ducktails is a testament to Mondanile's dexterity and energy for not only creating, but also for his ability to draw together a dynamic network of artists. Through his boutique label New Images, Mondanile supports a wide range of experimental, ambient, and folk musicians, in addition to visual artists, whose releases expand the scope of a record label to that of a publisher's imprint, blurring the lines between records and that of multiples and artist's books as vehicles for circulating ideas.

Hosted by Lucky Dragons
June 2015

An ongoing collaboration between L.A.-based artists Sarah Rara and Luke Fischbeck, Lucky Dragons is known for an open and participatory approach to making music, radically inclusive live shows, and playful use of digital tools. Their thoughtful and collaborative approach pushes music into an art context effortlessly, and their performances have been welcomed in leading institutions and experimental art spaces alike.

Performance by Rafa Esparza

Hosted by Total Freedom
May 29, 2015

Ashland Mines—aka Total Freedom—is a DJ, producer, and infamous party-maker at the center of the recent revitalization of Los Angeles's club music scene. A founding member of record label/movement Fade to Mind, his DJ sets build a hyperactive sonic collage sourced from online found sound and violent noise effects as well as dance beats and pop hits.

Hosted by Mikael Jorgensen & Cassandra C. Jones
August 8, 2014

Ojai, California residents Mikael Jorgensen and Cassandra C. Jones host the fourth and final Friday Flight of the summer. Jorgensen is the keyboardist in the alternative rock band Wilco and releases electronic music under his own name. Jones is a new-media artist with a focus in digital photomontage who is represented by Eli Ridgway Contemporary and Judith Charles Gallery in New York City. As husband and wife they share a mutual interest in the role technology plays in human expression and the many ways in which digital media and traditional forms of art making intermix.

Hosted by No Age
July 18, 2014

No Age emerged from L.A.'s underground music scene of the early and mid-2000's. In recent years, they have transitioned from a noisy band at the center of L.A. youth culture to collaborations with established contemporary artists, producing high-quality limited editions and seeking out alternative performance situations. Their latest release, titled An Object, asks questions that are at the heart of art criticism, with an impact that resonates more in the art gallery than the music venue.

Hosted by Ooga Booga
June 27, 2014

Ooga Booga is an innovative storefront shop that features alternative objects, design, fashion, artist books and editions, as well as records and visual projects by musicians. Under the direction of owner Wendy Yao, the store presents objects with a disregard for conventional boundaries, with a punk-inspired irreverence, showing that artists and ideas in any discipline can be engaged in the same aesthetic discussion. For Friday Flights, Yao has invited a group of artists and musicians who, each in their own way, deals with performance—one of the deepest connections between music and the visual arts.

Hosted by Liars
May 30, 2014

Liars is an electronic band from Los Angeles whose sound is defined by a commitment to experimentation and continual reinvention over a decade of innovative releases. Bouncing from calculated and almost brutalist impulses to exuberant, chance-based processes, Liars thoughtfully translates art concepts into their sonic creations, citing visual artists John Baldessari, Martin Creed, and Lawrence Weiner as central figures of inspiration.

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