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Interscope Records Kicks off 30th Anniversary Celebration with Art Exhibit at LACMA

Interscope Records Kicks off 30th Anniversary Celebration with Art Exhibit at LACMA

Interscope Records is celebrating its 30th-anniversary celebration and will display over 50 artworks at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in an exhibition called Artists Inspired by Music: Interscope Reimagined. This exhibition will feature new works by a diverse group of visual artists who have responded to the groundbreaking music of some of Interscope’s most influential and iconic recording artists. 

Cecily BrownJulie CurtissShepard FaireyLauren HalseyDamien HirstRashid JohnsonTakashi Murakami, Richard PrinceEd RuschaKehinde Wiley, and many other notable visual artists have created an original work of art inspired by albums and songs from 2PacBillie Eilish, Dr. DreEminemGwen Stefani, Juice WRLDKendrick Lamar, Lady GagaMary J. BligeMGKNine Inch Nails, No DoubtOlivia RodrigoSelena GomezSnoop Dogg, U2, and more.

Artists Inspired by Music: Interscope Reimagined will be on view Sunday, January 30 through February 13, 2022, in LACMA’s Resnick Pavilion. The installation foregrounds the creative pairings, visually reflecting on a history of musical innovation and powerful performances across genres. In some cases, multiple artists responded to the same musician, offering different interpretations of their work through the years.

The ambitious project was organized by Interscope Records Co-founder Jimmy Iovine, current Chairman, John Janick, music executive Josh Abraham, along with Interscope Vice Chairman Steve Berman, who worked closely with all of the music and visual artists. The team also worked with LACMA Associate Curator of Decorative Arts and Design, Staci Steinberger, to collectively organize the exhibition. The scope and size of the selection of music recognizes the profound impact that Interscope artists have had on global culture in the past three decades.

“Interscope’s original mission was to find the most profound artists, empower their creativity and watch what happens,” said Iovine.  “For the 30th, we wanted to continue that vision by assembling the most admired visual artists and empower them with that same creative license to honor the musical artists we have worked with over three decades.”

John Janick, Chairman, Interscope Geffen A&M commented, “From its earliest days, Interscope’s roster has included one-of-a-kind artists who clearly moved culture, and that’s something that we work to honor every single day in our current work at the label. In conversation with one of our label partners Justin Lubliner, he sparked this idea. As Jimmy, Berm, Josh Abraham and I reached out to the visual artist community, we realized that having them create a lasting visual legacy that honors our artists’ music would be a hugely powerful tribute. The fact that so many of the world’s most acclaimed fine artists came together so eagerly to contribute to this project, and the fact that our own recording artists were as equally enthusiastic, is a deeply meaningful tribute to Interscope and one that we are immensely grateful for. Having these artworks debut at LACMA, one of the world’s most prestigious museums, is hugely gratifying for all of us who have been connected with Interscope over these past three decades. Sir Lucian Grainge’s enduring support of Interscope’s unique voice and vision over the years has helped make it possible for Interscope to foster an ambitious artistic endeavor of this magnitude.”

Sir Lucian Grainge, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group said, “I’m so proud that Interscope’s culture of boundless creativity provides its artists with the widest palette possible with which to express themselves.  As a result, Interscope and its artists have not only consistently delivered some of the world’s most influential music, but also created groundbreaking visual media.  It is fitting that the great work of Interscope’s artists be reinterpreted by leading visual artists in a way that celebrates their unique visions as well as three decades of this iconic label.”

“There is a long history of record album covers being designed by visual artists,” said LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director Michael Govan. “As an institution that has long explored the intersection of art and other sectors, including design and music, LACMA has been collecting record album designs over the past several years, and it’s inspiring to see these artists reinterpret three decades of iconic contemporary music.”     

Snap Inc. will collaborate in the exhibition and deepen the viewing experience by adding the dimension of sound. Through Snapchat’s augmented reality (AR) technology, visitors will be able to listen to music from each of the iconic albums by Scanning Snapcodes placed on the gallery walls. 

Timed-entry general admission tickets will be released on Thursday, January 20, 2022, at 10 a.m. on the museum’s website and will include access to Interscope Reimagined. Visit lacma.org/gettickets.

Artists Inspired by Music: Interscope Reimagined

VISUAL ARTISTS                  MUSICAL ARTISTS

Adam Pendleton                     Dr. Dre – The Chronic

Amoako Boafo                        6LACK – FREE 6LACK

Anna Park                               Billie Eilish – When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go?

Anna Weyant                          Gwen Stefani – The Sweet Escape

Burnt Toast                             Timbaland – Shock Value*

Burnt Toast                             N.E.R.D. – Seeing Sounds

Cecily Brown                           Billie Eilish-dont smile at me

Chloe Wise                             Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz!

Damien Hirst                           Eminem – Entire Catalogue

Derrick Adams                        Mary J. Blige – The Breakthrough

Ed Ruscha                              2Pac – All Eyez On Me

Emily Mae Smith                     Nine Inch Nails – Broken 

Ferrari Sheppard                    Blackstreet – “No Diggity”

Genesis Tramaine                  Summer Walker – Over It

Henni Alftan                            Olivia Rodrigo – SOUR

Henry Taylor                           Kendrick Lamar – DAMN. (“DNA”)

Hilary Pecis                             Selena Gomez – Rare

Issy Wood                               Gwen – Love. Angel. Music. Baby. (“Cool”)

Jenna Gribbon                        Lana Del Rey – Born To Die

Jennifer Guidi                         BLACKPINK – THE ALBUM

John Currin                             U2 – “Beautiful Day”

Jordy Kerwick                         MGK- Tickets to My Downfall (“My Bloody Valentine”)

Julie Curtiss                            No Doubt – Tragic Kingdom (“Just a Girl”)

KAWS                                     Dogg – Doggystyle

Kehinde Wiley                         Dr. Dre – The Chronic 2001

Lauren Halsey                         Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly

Lisa Yuskavage                      Billie Eilish – Happier Than Ever

Loie Hollowell                         Lady Gaga – Fame Monster

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Lucy Bull                                 No Doubt – Tragic Kingdom (“Spiderwebs”)

Mark Quinn                             MGK – Tickets to My Downfall

Matthew Wong                        Lana Del Rey – Paradise

Fulton Leroy Washington AKA Mr. Wash                        The Game – The Documentary

Nicolas Party                          Lady Gaga – Joanne

Nina Chanel Abney                2Pac – The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory

OSGEMEOS                           Black Eyed Peas – The E.N.D.

Rashid Johnson                      Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid MAAD City

Raymond Pettibon                  Lana Del Rey – Norman Fucking Rockwell

Reggie Burrows Hodges        Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid M.A.A.D City (“Swimming Pools” (Drank))

Richard Prince                        Nine Inch Nails – The Downward Spiral

Sayre Gomez                          50 Cent – Get Rich or Die Tryin’

Shepard Fairey                         Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Fever To Tell

Stanley Whitney                      Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly (“King Kunta”)

Takashi Murakami                  Juice WRLD – Goodbye and Good Riddance

Titus Kaphar                           Eve – Scorpion

Toyin Ojih Odutola                  Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.

Umar Rashid                           Tupac – Me Against The World

Will Boone                              Helmet – Meantime
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