Friday Flights: Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, Psychic Ills, Scott Benzel @ Getty Museum, Los Angeles [25 August]

Friday Flights: Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, Psychic Ills, Scott Benzel

18:00 - 21:00

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Getty Museum
1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, California 90049
Friday Flights is a series of interdisciplinary happenings that invites artists and musicians to transform the Getty experience.


presents «Exploring the Nowannago: Kentifrican Modes of Resistance»

Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle presents Exploring the Nowannago: Kentifrican Modes of Resistance with Tyler Matthew Oyer. In this provocative performance, Hinkle creates tension with a double-noose tug-of-war, exploring a narrative from a geography called «Kentifrica,» an unknown continent and culture that serves as a meditation upon what can and cannot be mapped when dealing with the ramifications of identity. As part of Hinkle's ongoing artistic navigation of the «historical present,» this performance is offered as a metaphor for how residue of the past remains chained to today, impacting the treatment of bodies deemed «other.» Performed for the first time with live music accompaniment by The Kevin Robinson Ensemble (KREation), Hinkle’s performance abstractly confronts a multi-faceted set of contemporary issues from the Black Lives Matters Movement, human trafficking, LGBTQ+ awareness, immigration reform, prison reform, white supremacy, genocide, xenophobia, and more.


Los Angeles-based visual artist Scott Benzel, known for his analytical and often sound-driven work, will present Unauthorized Live Score, a site-specific performance on the Courtyard Stage. His work has been shown or performed at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, LA><ART, Los Angeles, The MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles, The Palm Springs Art Museum, and the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, and was featured in Made in LA 2012, the Hammer Museum's biennial. Benzel has curated shows at the Los Angeles Contemporary Archive, the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, and the Welcome Inn, Eagle Rock, CA, as part of the Getty's Pacific Standard Time initiative, among others.


The evening will be closed out by a rare performance from the hypnotic, New York psych-rock band Psychic Ills, of the cult-followed record label Sacred Bones. Since their formation in 2003, Psychic Ills has explored a wide variety of musical terrain. Initially spawned from electronic-centered home-recording experiments, they progressed into all-night full-band exploration in an industrial neighborhood where noise wasn’t a problem, and soon evolved into a live band completely at ease in extended jams. The early years saw several releases for Social Registry, constant touring, and collaborations with artists as diverse as Gibby Haynes (Butthole Surfers) and Sonic Boom (Spacemen Three/Spectrum). In 2011, their first effort for Sacred Bones, Hazed Dream, traded in the synthesizer space-outs and raga rumbles, delivering a record of sunburned psych pop, awash in warm tones and blues-damaged songwriting.

Friday Flights is free; no reservations required.
Parking is discounted to $10 after 3 p.m.
Cash bar with local beers and bites.

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