The Getty Center


Ever Present is a new series that invites artistic experimenters to stage ephemeral performances amid the permanent collections, architecture, and gardens of the museum.

Walk through the garden created by artist Robert Irwin at the Getty and your feet will cross two stones in the path engraved with this message:
Ever present / Never twice the same / Ever changing / Never less than whole

This series takes Irwin's words as an invitation to explore concepts of temporality and permanence through the work of musicians, artists, dancers, and other cultural vanguards. Featuring innovative and irreverent experiences, Ever Present aims to question the link between what lives and what lasts.

Formerly known as Friday Flights, Ever Present continues to investigate interdisciplinary links in artistic networks, including new voices and those from the orbits of program alumni that include Brendan Fernandes, Geneva Jacuzzi, Dynasty Handbag, Sarah Davachi, Ian Svenonius, Rafa Esparza, Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs, John Wiese, Devon Welsh, No)one. Art House, Corey Fogel, Psychic Ills, MPA, YACHT, Tyler Mathew Oyer, How to Dress Well, Jim Drain, Lucky Dragons, No Age, David Horvitz, Shana Moulton, Sun Araw, Liars, and NO SESSO & Kelsey Lu.

Always free and open-ended, Ever Present occurs throughout the year.

Next in the Series

July 28, 2019, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
Museum Courtyard
Free; no reservations required.

For this Sunday event, New York and Berlin-based composer and artist Colin Self—known for combining voice, body, and digital technologies to explore gender, communication, and our relationships to the biological and the technological—performs on the Tram Arrival Plaza. L.A. native Mandy Kahn is a noted poet and librettist who also collaborates with composers on inventive new works, such as Yuval Sharon's celebrated opera Hopscotch. Kahn presents a selection of immersive pieces that interact with the architecture of the Getty courtyards and feature a cast of singers and performers. Composer Ben Babbitt, known for work with Weyes Blood, Angel Olsen, and How to Dress Well, creates a multi-channel sound installation for Robert Irwin's Central Garden, with live singers and a quadrophonic ambient soundtrack.

Colin Self
New York and Berlin-based composer and artist Colin Self is known for his collaborations with musical futurist Holly Herndon. His recent album Siblings, released by RVNG, is the sixth and final part of The Elation Series, a sci-fi opera encompassing, performance, music, sculpture, and video that he has been developing since 2011. Self composes musical environments for expanding consciousness, while troubling binaries and boundaries of perception and communication. His work engages communities across disciplines and practices, using voices, bodies, and computers as tools to explore gender, communication, and our relationships to the biological and the technological. Self attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Bard College, and has presented work at The Kitchen and MoMA PS1 in New York, the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, and the Hammer Museum in L.A., among many others.

Mandy Kahn
Mandy Kahn is the author of two poetry collections. Her poetry is included in The Best American Poetry 2018 and was featured in former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser's newspaper column American Life in Poetry, and she's been interviewed by BBC Radio and has read at Cambridge University. She frequently collaborates with composers to make new works that combine verse and classical music; she's made several pieces with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Ellen Reid and was a librettist for Yuval Sharon's acclaimed opera Hopscotch. She lives in Los Angeles.

Ben Babbitt
Ben Babbitt is a composer and producer based in Los Angeles working in film, video games, and performance. Since 2013, Babbitt has been the composer and sound designer for the acclaimed episodic narrative game Kentucky Route Zero, and his score to Amanda Kramer's debut feature film Paris Window is set to be released later this summer. Recent projects include a 12-hour durational score for Call It a Day by theater director Greg Wohead, a quadrophonic performance at the Field Museum in Chicago, and an extensive collaboration with Angel Olsen for her upcoming album.

Recently in the Series

May 25, 2019

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith's Guided Meditation Experience for Tides: Music for Meditation and Yoga featuring an opening set by Cool Maritime and Emily Sprague.

July 13, 2019
Inspired by the exhibition The Wondrous Cosmos in Medieval Manuscripts, Ever Present brings together a group of artists who integrate the intergalactic into their varied work. Like their medieval forbearers, they quest for new artistic, analytic, and spiritual ways of understanding our connection to the cosmos. Performances include music by vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and Vedic astrologer Deradoorian (known for her work with Dirty Projectors), choral scores translated from the constellations by experimental artist and composer Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs, an interdimensional ritual by A.S.T.R.A.L.O.R.A.C.L.E.S with live music accompaniment by ambient composer Ana Roxanne, a planetarium-style visual lecture on the multiverse by artists Jennifer Moon and laub, and site-wide energy work by multidimensional artist and Afrofuturist Jordi.

How to Get Here
The Getty Center is located at 1200 Getty Center Drive in Los Angeles, California, approximately 12 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. See Hours, Directions, Parking for maps and driving directions.