Thursday, August 5, 2021, 2pm EDT
The eighth episode of Gagosian Premieres celebrates Frank Gehry: Spinning Tales—an exhibition of new work presented at Gagosian, Beverly Hills—featuring musical performances by esperanza spalding and Gustavo Dudamel and YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles), and a conversation between Frank Gehry and Julian Rose conducted in Gehry’s Los Angeles studio.
Marking the celebrated architect’s eighth exhibition with the gallery, Spinning Tales pairs large-scale elaborations on the Fish Lamps series with a new sculptural installation, Wishful Thinking(2021), based on the Mad Hatter’s tea party in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. While Fish Lamps is an independent body of work, the “perfect form” of the creature from which it takes its name reappears throughout Gehry’s architectural oeuvre as a key inspiration for his own formal and technical innovations. Similarly, the creased surfaces of Wishful Thinking’s figures establish a visual connection with some of Gehry’s best-known buildings.
In this episode, acclaimed jazz bassist, singer, and songwriter esperanza spalding plays a new original score in an improvised performance in the gallery. The music’s sinuous, free-flowing quality echoes the piscine forms on view. spalding has collaborated with Gehry previously, and they are currently working together on Iphigenia, a new opera inspired by the Greek mythological figure.
Gehry has been involved with the Los Angeles Philharmonic since 1970. The Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, which houses the orchestra today, opened in 2003, while the Judith and Thomas L. Beckmen YOLA Center at Inglewood, which Gehry designed as YOLA’s first permanent, purpose-built facility, will open in August 2021. Launched in 2007, the YOLA program has democratized music education for students aged 5 to 18 from LA neighborhoods. It currently supports more than 1,300 young musicians across four sites, providing them with free instruments, music instruction, academic support, and leadership training, under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel.
Dudamel, music and artistic director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducts an ensemble of fifteen YOLA musicians. Surrounded by Gehry’s sculptures, they perform the first movement of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto no. 3. And inside Gehry’s installation Wishful Thinking, YOLA cellist Natalie Avila plays the gigue from the composer’s Suite for Solo Cello no. 2.
Architectural historian and critic Julian Rose visits Gehry in his studio to discuss the making of the recent artworks and their multivalent connections to his architectural practice, while Tomas Osinski, Sophie Lauriault, and Tae Park—all close collaborators on the production of Gehry’s projects—offer a tour of the architect’s studio, sharing their insights into the technical and procedural complexities of his practice.
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Past Episodes & Trailers
Tuesday, June 8, 2021, 2pm EDT
Featuring Hans Ulrich Obrist, Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener, and Patti Smith
The seventh episode of Gagosian Premieres celebrates Gerhard Richter: Cage Paintings—an exhibition presented at Gagosian New York and Beverly Hills—with a musical performance and reading by Patti Smith, new choreography created and performed by Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener in response to the artist’s work, and commentaries by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Richard Calvocoressi.
Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 2pm EDT
Featuring Iwona Blazwick, Max Richter, and Mark Waldron
The sixth episode of Gagosian Premieres celebrates Rachel Whiteread’s exhibition Internal Objects at Gagosian, Grosvenor Hill, London, with a conversation between the artist and art critic and curator Iwona Blazwick, and performances by composer and pianist Max Richter and poet Mark Waldron.
Tuesday, March 23, 2021, 2pm EDT
Featuring James Cuno, Hugo Marchand, Florent Melac, and Hannah O’Neill
For the fifth episode of Gagosian Premieres, we celebrate Anselm Kiefer: Field of the Cloth of Gold—a new exhibition at Gagosian, Le Bourget—with a conversation between the artist and art historian James Cuno and a debut ballet performance by Hugo Marchand and Hannah O’Neill, choreographed by Florent Melac and set to music composed by Steve Reich.
Wednesday, February 10, 2021, 2pm EST
Featuring Flea, Missy Mazzoli, Vernon Reid, and Eddie Ruscha
The fourth episode of Gagosian Premieres celebrates Ed Ruscha’s exhibition at Gagosian New York with musicians Flea, Missy Mazzoli, Vernon Reid, and Eddie Ruscha and new music created in response to the work.
Tuesday, December 22, 2020, 2pm EST
Featuring Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Simon Schama, and the Aaron Diehl Trio
For the third episode of the online event series Gagosian Premieres, Jenny Saville will celebrate her exhibition Elpis at Gagosian New York with painter Nathaniel Mary Quinn and historian Simon Schama, with a performance by the Aaron Diehl Trio, who will play music by Philip Glass as well as a new composition inspired by the work on view.
Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 2pm EDT
Featuring Malcolm Gladwell, Elvis Mitchell, and Jeff Tweedy
For the second episode of Gagosian Premieres, we celebrate Gregory Crewdson: An Eclipse of Moths—a new exhibition at Gagosian, Los Angeles—with author Malcolm Gladwell, film critic Elvis Mitchell, musician and author Jeff Tweedy, and the artist.
While the episode is airing, Crewdson will answer questions on YouTube LiveChat and present a signed and numbered limited-edition book, published by Aperture, with a personal inscription to one viewer who participates in the conversation.
Friday, October 9, 2020, 5pm EDT
Featuring Thurston Moore and Hunter Drohojowska-Philp
For the first episode of Gagosian Premieres, we celebrate Mary Weatherford: Train Yards—a new exhibition at Gagosian, London—with an exclusive performance by Thurston Moore inside the gallery and a conversation between Mary Weatherford and Hunter Drohojowska-Philp in the artist’s Los Angeles studio.