FRIDAY NIGHTS AT NGV during Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei
FRI 22 APR 2016 – Melbourne
As a special one-off performance – inspired by Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei, Regurgitator will perform a gurg-flavoured re-interpretation of the Velvet Underground’s debut album, produced by Andy Warhol, and in collaboration with Seja and Chinese musicians.
NGV NEWS | The largest ever Friday Nights at NGV line-up launches with Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei
The NGV today announced the largest ever Friday Nights program with eighteen headline acts from December 2015 – April 2016. For this series visitors will enjoy after-hours access to the ground-breaking contemporary exhibition Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei and see headliners including singer/songwriters Sally Seltmann and Bertie Blackman, international pop champions Twerps, Chinese electroc rock band Pet Conspiracy, 70s No Wave icon James Chance (US) in his Australian debut and Texan electronic music outfit Neon Indian.
Some performances linking directly with themes from the Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei exhibition include Hawaiian New Zealand-based musician and visual artist Silicon playing tracks from his latest album Personal Computer which ruminates on iPhone factories and Andy Warhol’s The Factory; psychedelic prog rock band Moon Duo (US) will perform with their own visual projections inspired by Andy Warhol’s multimedia Exploding Plastic Inevitable; and a special one-off performance from Regurgitator, will see the alt-rock legends re-interpreting the Velvet Underground’s debut album produced by Andy Warhol.
Tony Ellwood, Director, NGV, said, ‘Friday Nights at NGV has been an enormously successful program, with the nights frequently selling out. We present an extended series in celebration of Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei with an exceptional line up of Australian and international musicians and programs over eighteen Friday Nights. This series will be a unique opportunity to sample live music and discover more about the cultural impact of two very significant artists, Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei.’
Dec 11 – Moon Duo (US)
Dec 18 – Neon Indian (US)
Jan 1 – The Apartments
Jan 8 – Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders
Jan 15 –James Chance & the Contortions (US)
Jan 22 – Jenny Hval (Norway)
Jan 29 – Luluc
Feb 5 – Sally Seltmann
Feb 12 – Twerps
Feb 19 – Black Cab
Feb 26 – Pet Conspiracy (China)
Mar 4 – Silicon (NZ)
Mar 11 – Xylouris White
Mar 18 – Bertie Blackman
Apr 1 – Ngaiire
Apr 8 – Blank Realm
Apr 15 – Deradoorian (US)
Apr 22 – Regurgitator
Other highlights include US two-piece Deradoorian; Australian pop songstress Ngaiire, who will set the stage on fire with her powerful future-soul voice and vibrant costumes; and Norwegian avant-garde vocalist Jenny Hval.
Late 70s iconic Brisbane pop music band The Apartments, will return from France to play from their new album No Song, No Spell, No Madrigal and 70s-influenced electronica duo Black Cab and international pop champions Twerps will also perform in the series.
Sydney-based Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders, including regular band members Kirin J Callinan and Donny Benet, will perform their unique brand of alternative art rock, country, synth-pop and noise rock from their new album Playmates and Jim White from The Dirty Three will collaborate with George Xylouris on a Cretan lute in an unexpected creation called Xylouris White.
After-hours access to Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei is a major highlight of the program, along with entertainment from DJs and engaging short exhibition talks exploring the significant influence of these two artists on pop culture and modern life as well as dining and bars within the Gallery and outdoors under the newSummer Architecture Commission by John Wardle Architects.
Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei, developed by the NGV and The Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, with the participation of Ai Weiwei, will explore the significant influence of these two exemplary artists on modern and contemporary life, focussing on the parallels, intersections and points of difference between the two artists’ practices. Surveying the scope of both artists’ careers, this major exhibition at the NGV will present over 300 works, including major new commissions, immersive installations and a wide representation of paintings, sculpture, film, photography, publishing and social media.
See www.ngv.vic.gov.au/program-series/friday-nights/ for ticket details.
Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei will open at the NGV on 11 December 2015 and at The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh in June 2016.