Frank Gehry Spinning Tales exhibition, Gagosian

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Frank Gehry: Spinning Tales exhibition at Gagosian

August 4, 2021

Gagosian Premieres

Frank Gehry: Spinning Tales exhibition at Gagosian, Beverly Hills

Featuring Gustavo Dudamel with YOLA, Julian Rose, and esperanza spalding

Thursday, August 5, 2021, 2pm EDT

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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.

esperanza spalding performing in Frank Gehry: Spinning Tales at Gagosian, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Southern California, USA:
Frank Gehry Spinning Tales exhibition at Gagosian, Beverly Hills
artwork © Frank O. Gehry

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 September 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 Aviña 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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