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Friday Flights returns for its third year, bringing together a wide range of Los Angeles-based artists working across mediums for a vibrant evening of sounds and sights. An interdisciplinary series of happenings spanning contemporary classical music, artist-made interventions, electronic music, sound-based installations, poetry, dance, film, and more spreads out across the Getty Center from galleries to gardens. Friday Flights invites artists to respond to the Getty's unique architecture and grounds and to connect to the collections and exhibitions through various performative interventions, providing a platform for the city's creative networks to transform the museum experience.

The 2016 program will feature over 20 projects and performances. It includes special extended engagements with wild Up, a modern music collective and adventurous chamber orchestra led by artistic director and conductor Chris Rountree, and Veggie Cloud, a free, wide-ranging film and lecture series in Highland Park programmed by Courtney Stephens and Kate Wolf, who present three different programs based around elements of the Getty's infrastructure: Tram, Quarry, and Collections.

Friday Flights features a cash bar with local beers and bites, and runs from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Getty Center. Parking is $10 after 4:00 p.m.

Next in the series

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

Date: Friday, June 10, 2016
Time: 6:00–9:00 p.m.
Location: Museum Courtyard
Admission: Free; no reservation required.

Appearing on the heels of a national tour with Animal Collective, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith will perform outdoors at sunset on the Museum Courtyard Main Stage with projected visuals mixing with the textures of the Getty's travertine walls. Originally from Orcas Island in Washington, Smith carries forth her fascinations with the natural world into her signature prismatic, lush, and environmental sounds created on the Buchla Music Easel, a rare modular synthesizer developed in 1963.

Artist Michael Parker has teamed up with Wesley Hicks to create a series of instruction-based scores to be performed live by 30+ musicians on physically and tonally unique ceramic instruments, handmade by the artists in a variety of lustrous glazes and organic forms. Parker's noted exhibition Juicework at Human Resources last year included 1,000 ceramic sculptures presented as both functional citrus juicers, cups, platters, and hanging lights, in a multi-faceted participatory installation. Part of Juicework was the collapsing of Parker's juicers and Hicks' ocarinas, a type of ceramic flute, into a new microtonal instrument: the Juicerina. The Juicerina performances have developed into an ongoing site-specific project, with presentations at the Pomona College Museum of Art's "R.S.V.P. Los Angeles" and San Francisco's Southern Exposure Gallery. Tracing connections to the Getty's artworks and architecture while moving between galleries, liminal spaces, courtyards, and gardens, Parker and Hicks' original scores will bring a new experience of sound and space into the far corners of the Getty site.

Presented by wild Up, composer and sound artist Chris Kallmyer will perform Circles Circling among the flora of the Getty's Central Garden, a composition that blends guitar and other instruments played live with the amplified sound of 1,000 live crickets. Kallmyer's practice explores a participatory approach to making music through touch, taste, and process using everyday objects. Currently a Performing Fellow at SFMoMA, he has presented a wide-ranging series of projects at the Walker Art Center, LACMA, the Hammer Museum, and other art spaces including the Indianapolis Museum of Art, who commissioned Circles Circling. Inspired by crickets' natural attunement with the changing light of the seasons, Kallymer will use guitar and push-organ to create improvised, circular music exploring the mystery of the spheres, the passage of time, and the poetics of crickets.

Following upon recent museum interventions at the Barbican Centre and the Serpentine Gallery in London, Berlin-based Puerto Rican dancer and choreographer Kianí del Valle will give a solo performance among the architectural forms of the Getty Museum courtyards.

Inspired by the Getty Center's iconic people-mover transporting visitors up the hill, Veggie Cloud presents Manakamana, a documentary by filmmakers Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez, produced by the Sensory Ethnographic Lab at Harvard University. Consisting of 11 uncut vignettes documenting rides on a cable car as it ascends a mountain in the jungles of Nepal, the film captures intimate, transitory moments between pilgrims as they make an ancient journey to worship at the Manakamana Temple. An additional selection of shorts connected to trams or other forms of transportation will be announced.

Each session of the 2016 Friday Flights program will feature a limited edition poster as a free takeaway, created by artist David Horvitz. The first iteration will be a variation on his print "Nobody Owns the Beach."






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

Date: Friday, July 15, 2016
Time: 6:00–9:00 p.m.
Location: Museum Courtyard
Admission: Free; no reservation required.

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. Check back soon for a full description of this event's programs.


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

Date: Friday, July 29, 2016
Time: 6:00–9:00 p.m.
Location: Museum Courtyard
Admission: Free; no reservation required.

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. Check back soon for a full description of this event's programs.


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

Date: Friday, August 26, 2016
Time: 6:00–9:00 p.m.
Location: Museum Courtyard
Admission: Free; no reservation required.

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 collaborative project by artist David Horvitz and musician Xiu Xiu, a performative lecture by Martine Syms, bassoon and vocal collaboration between Archie Carey and Odeya Nini presented by wild Up, and Laurel Jenkins (choreographer) presents B A S E (a durational rule game). Check back soon for a full description of this event's programs.


Previous events in the series

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.

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 26, 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.

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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