The Getty Center


Ever Present is a new series that invites artistic experimenters to stage ephemeral performances amid the eternal marble of the Getty Center.

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

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.

July 13, 2019, 5:00–9:00 p.m.
Museum Courtyard
Free; no reservations required.

Vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and sonic visionary Angel Deradoorian is known for testing aural and conceptual boundaries in her music. Acclaimed for her vocal acrobatics as part of influential indie band Dirty Projectors, Deradoorian's kaleidoscopic solo recordings incorporate rhythmic ideas culled from ancient traditions, Eastern scales, including those of her Armenian heritage, and meditative affirmations that mimic cycles, planetary and otherwise. She has been a member of Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, sung on Flying Lotus' "Siren Song," collaborated with Vampire Weekend, Björk, Matmos, and The Roots, and counts Alice Coltrane, Don Cherry, Ornette Coleman, and Terry Riley as musical and spiritual guides. Her latest album, Eternal Recurrence, is a collection of songs woven together by structurally abstract thoughts in sound, articulated through drones, synthesizers, and dynamic vocalizations. In addition to her musical activities, Deradoorian is also a practicing Vedic astrologer.

Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs
Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs is an artist who creates experimental, immersive public ritual with sound, sculpture, video, costume, and collective performance. Riggs has created a series of unique graphic scores based on the shapes and vectors of the celestial constellations calculated to be overhead at the time of this performance. These scores will be performed by a chorus of singers and flautists in the Museum Courtyard. This site-and time-specific performance builds upon Riggs' greater practice of reworking ancient archetypes, canonized heroic narratives, and mythological tropes to challenge structures of power and entrenched hierarchies. In addition to Song of Eurydice, a choral ensemble and movement-based performance created in collaboration with Mecca Vazie Andrews that was staged at the Getty Center as part of Friday Flights in 2016, Riggs has presented work at San Francisco MoMA, the Broad Museum, the Hammer Museum, the Portland Art Museum, REDCAT, and many others. Riggs also leads an active resistance-themed community chorus.

A.S.T.R.A.L.O.R.A.C.L.E.S Interdimensional Ritual featuring Ana Roxanne
A.S.T.R.A.L.O.R.A.C.L.E.S, an open-source community dedicated to the full frequency alignment of astral and terrestrial bodies, will transform the Garden Terrace into a temple for channeling nine dimensions of the multiverse in a ritual featuring custom ceremonial objects, embroidered ritual vestments, and frequency aligned scents and elixirs. Taking inspiration from the otherworldly concepts and the intricately crafted details of the medieval manuscripts on view in Wondrous Cosmos, this ritual will activate the senses in order to create spiritual alignment, and enable the oracles and viewers to achieve a collective state of oneness. Experimental vocalist and composer Ana Roxanne will accompany the ritual with her devotional ambient music.

Jennifer Moon & laub
Jennifer Moon is a Los Angeles-based artist, adventurer, and revolutionary. laub is an artist living and working in Los Angeles using glass, ceramics, sculpture, video, drawing, performance, and music. Blending social systems, self-help, and fantasy, they present At the Edge of Space and Time: Expanding Beyond Our 5% Universe, a collaborative performance in the tradition of planetary light shows. Together they lead visitors on an adventure through the cosmos, the multiverse, and beyond, presenting ideas about love, faith, and revolution by queering various scientific disciplines.

Multidimensional artist and Afrofuturist Jordi will be navigating the Getty site as an otherworldly being, weaving healing energy between herself, visitors, and the cosmos. Recently returned from a residency at the Banff Art Center in Alberta, Canada, Jordi's practice vacillates between performance, healing, music, texts, and fashion. Recent projects include a collaboration with Black Queer Artist Collective #SNATCHPOWER at L.A. experimental art space NAVEL, the audiobook Stone Phoenix, released this year, and a film, ODES, premiering at the Colorado Film Festival in September 2019.

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

How to Get Here
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