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Friday Flights brings together a network of Los Angeles-based musicians, visual artists, and creative thinkers for a vibrant evening of sounds and sights. Each session is hosted by artists whose work blurs the worlds of music and contemporary art.

Consisting of anything but a traditional concert, they are invited to bring in a range of creative collaborators to develop the evening's program. Each of the hosts' list of collaborators are announced closer to the event dates.

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 5:00 p.m.

Next in the Series

 

Hosted by Total Freedom

Date: May 29, 2015
Time: 6–9 p.m.
Location: Museum Courtyard
Admission: Free; no ticket required.

Ashland Mines, aka Total Freedom, is a DJ, producer, and infamous party-maker, who has been at the center of the recent revitalization of Los Angeles's club music scene. A founding member of Fade to Mind, which positions itself as a record label and a movement, 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. Mines co-produced a regular party called Wildness, which took place at a MacArthur Park club that was home to a transgender Latin American immigrant community, and attracted LA's underground dance-music and queer-art scenes. This intersection of subcultures became the subject of an award-winning documentary in 2012 by Mines' collaborator, the visual artist Wu Tsang. Expanding on the film's themes, Mines collaborated with Tsang and singer Kelela for Breakdown, a performance at London's Tate Modern in 2013. Mines's work has increasingly surfaced in the art world by curating a performance marathon at New York's Suzanne Geiss Gallery, and through collaborations with contemporary artists like Ryan Trecartin. He is currently included in Surround Audience, the New Museum's Triennial, a major exhibition of early-career artists which opened earlier this year in New York.


 

Hosted by Lucky Dragons

Date: June 26, 2015
Time: 6–9 p.m.
Location: Museum Courtyard
Admission: Free; no ticket required.

Lucky Dragons is an ongoing collaboration between Los Angeles-based artists Sarah Rara and Luke Fischbeck. Active since 2000, Lucky Dragons is known for an open and participatory approach to making music, innovative live shows, and playful, humanistic use of digital tools. Their radical and collaborative approach pushes music into an art context effortlessly, and their thoughtful and unpredictable performances have been welcomed in leading institutions and experimental art spaces alike. Both Rara and Fischbeck also work as curators, archivists, writers, and visual artists, while their music practice continually allows them to bind their fascinations and those of the creative network around them together. Recently, Lucky Dragons' performance Actual Reality was held at the Hammer Museum in conjunction with the Made in LA exhibition. They have presented their work at the Whitney Biennial, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, New York's The Kitchen, LACMA and the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.


 

Hosted by Ducktails

Date: July 24, 2015
Time: 6–9 p.m.
Location: Museum Courtyard
Admission: Free; no ticket required.

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 5 Every Day

Date: August 28, 2015
Time: 6–9 p.m.
Location: Museum Courtyard
Admission: Free; no ticket required.

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.


Recently in the series

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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