On Saturday, November 16th & Sunday, 17th, a series of performances, films, and artist talks entitled “Bridge-s,” programmed and curated by GRAMMY-Award winning musician and visual artist Solange Knowles, will premiere at Los Angeles’ Getty Center Museum. The series explores the themes of “transitions through time”.
The event includes new work by Gerard & Kelly, choreographed specifically for the architecture of the Getty Center and based on their Modern Living series of performances. The work will be directed in collaboration with Solange, who also composed an original musical score, “Bridge-s,” featuring Cooper-Moore for the event. The performance piece will be brought to life over the course of two days from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day across the Getty Center site.
The two day event will also include screenings of Mother Tongue, Mother Master, 2018 by Phoebe Collings-James, Wild Seed by Samuel Hindolo, Diary of an African Nun and Four Women by Julie Dash, Black to Techno by Jenn Nkiru, AFRONAUTS and Boneshaker by Nuotama Bodomo, The State of Things by Kish Robinson, and more along with a special Saint Heron film premiere of NAIROBI by Tribeca Film Festival award winner Phillip Youmans. Programming will also include an artist talk with British-Ghanaian philosopher, Kodwo Eshun.
All performances and film screenings are free and open to the public. The weekend of special programming is powered by Dropbox products and support and Getty, in partnership with IAMSOUND. getty.edu/events
“Bridge-s is a reflection on how much transition can be controlled and accelerated by our own ideas, thoughts, and movements vs. the natural process of time and space. The works chosen to respond to these ideas are dear to me, and by artists, musicians, philosophers and filmmakers I have an immense amount of respect for. I couldn’t be more excited to program works that speak to the core of these themes alongside the Getty Museum.”
– Solange Knowles
Solange has conducted performance art shows across the globe, including at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City (2017), the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas (2017), and the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, in Germany (2019). She has exhibited video art installations at London’s Tate Modern and premiered an interdisciplinary video and dance performance piece, Metatronia, which featured Metatron’s Cube, 2018; a sculpture conceptualized and created by Solange, at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. In 2019, Solange premiered an extended directors cut of her interdisciplinary arts film When I Get Home across museums and contemporary institutions including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles; The Brooklyn Museum, New York; and the V&A London.
Solange has also performed sold out shows at legendary venues including Radio City Music Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the Sydney Opera House. Her work in music and the arts has led to her being named Harvard University’s Artist of the Year in 2018. Solange was honored by The New School as a pioneering figure in fashion and the arts at the 70th Annual Parsons Benefit. She has also been the recipient of Glamour’s Woman of the Year Award and Billboard’s Impact Award.
About Gerard & Kelly
With influences in minimalism, institutional critique, and queer theory, Gerard & Kelly create installations and performances at the frontier between dance and contemporary art. Their ongoing project Modern Living is a series of performances and films sited in iconic modernist architectures, most recently presented by the Festival d’Automne in Paris at Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye. Recent exhibitions and performances of their work have been presented by Centre Pompidou and Palais de Tokyo (Paris); Pioneer Works, Guggenheim Museum, New Museum, and The Kitchen (New York); Chicago Architecture Biennial; and the Made in LA Biennial at the Hammer Museum (Los Angeles). Gerard & Kelly completed the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in 2010, and received their MFAs from the UCLA Department of Art in 2013. Their work is in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Hammer Museum, and Guggenheim Museum.