George Herms

George Herms: The Artist’s Life


“The missing link between the beats and the hippies.“ —Huffington Post

World premiere

Known as one of the founders of California assemblage and an influential figure of the Beat generation, George Herms premieres a new free-jazz opera that features large-scale sculptural instruments, live and recorded video, and featuring the Bobby Bradford Mo'tet, the Theo Saunders group, and the voice of Diana Briscoe. In addition to standard instrumentation, a spinning metal staircase and enormous buoy sculptures serve as scenic elements and percussive instruments, played by musicians and the artist himself, as the freely improvised score progresses. Capturing the ethos of Herms’ aesthetic and inspired by 380 boxes and 42 flat files of his own archival material cataloged by the Getty Research Institute, The Artist’s Life is an encompassing reflection with a libretto sourced from the diary entries and notes Herms generated almost daily throughout his 50-year career. 

The Artist's Life is part of Pacific Standard Time. This unprecedented collaboration, initiated by the Getty, brings together more than sixty cultural institutions from across Southern California for six months beginning in October 2011 to tell the story of the birth of the L.A. art scene.
Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America.


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THUR 2/3
8:30 pm
FRI 2/4
8:30 pm
SAT 2/5
8:30 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff