Solange Knowles hosts ‘Bridge-s’ art installation at the Getty Museum
Solange Knowles hosted an immersive art piece at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles on November 16 and 17 titled Bridge-s.
The art display featured singers in silk orange attire, musicians playing trombones and trumpets, and dancers who crafted human displays of art and moved through the crowd all in an effort to promote black unity.
The art piece is stated to have created an experience that spanned across the the Getty Museum’s open courtyard, according to The Guardian.
here’s a snippet of solange’s latest performance art work, “bridge-s.” it opens to the public (for free!) at the getty this saturday and sunday. pic.twitter.com/AoKCO1VFER
— makeda easter (@makedaeaster) November 14, 2019
“Composing the music for this piece and directing it, alongside [choreographers] Gerard & Kelly, has been so fulfilling for me as I enter new planes as a composer and writer,” Knowles said of the performance installation. “I just thank you guys for allowing me the space to evolve and experiment and express new frontiers.”
The Los Angeles Times detailed the performance, which is described as a “transition through time,” was held in front of 400 people for the preview before being open to the general public on Saturday and Sunday.
The crowd for the preview included Tyler, the Creator and Blood Orange’s of Dev Hynes.
At the conclusion of the performance, Solange took a bow with the cast of 24 and spoke to the crowd, thanking them for “allowing me the space to evolve and experiment and express new frontiers.”
Previous art experiences from Solange included performances at Hammer Museum and in Marfa, Texas, and, in 2018, the singer performed live at New York’s Guggenheim Museum, where she brought in the assistance of Black dancers and musicians.
The art installation is a part of The Getty Research Institute’s effort to improve the representation and inclusion of Black personalities, resulting in $5 million to source more Black artists.
“We have long been inspired by the unique performances Solange has staged in various iconic art and architectural spaces, and her ability to both inhabit a locale, while simultaneously pushing its boundaries,” a spokesperson for the Getty Museum told The Guardian. “Her bridging of cultural worlds is especially full of potential at the Getty, a cultural center that stands within the diverse city of Los Angeles.”