Prior to focusing on painting, Lurie led the band The Lounge Lizards, which went on to make music for 20 years. During this time, Lurie recorded 22 albums and composed scores for over 20 movies, including Stranger than Paradise, Down by Law, Mystery Train, Clay Pigeons, Animal Factory, and Get Shorty, which earned him a Grammy nomination. Lurie also starred in three films directed by Jim Jarmusch, as well as a host of other films. He wrote, directed and starred in the cult classic “Fishing with John,” a series that is now part of The Criterion Collection. Lurie is also responsible for the incredible music of Marvin Pontiac, “one of the most enigmatic geniuses of modern music.”
The gallery opening will feature an open bar and the first look at work that may be unfamiliar to fans of his music, to whom the New York Times‘ Roberta Smith has said, speaking on Lurie’s turn toward painting, “music’s loss may turn out to be art’s gain.” The exhibition will be up at The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge through November 30, 2014. You may RSVP if you wish, it’s free, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Limited edition prints will be available for sale.
See the art, then stick around for the music: Strange and Beautiful: Ensemble LPR performs string quartets by John Lurie and his compositions re-imagined for string quintet, w/ arrangements by Evan Lurie, David Handler, Anthony Coleman, John Medeski, Jane Scarpantoni, Doug Wieselman and more; at 9pm, $18.
September 9,2014 at 6pm // Music at 9pm
(le) poisson rouge / 58 Bleecker Street, Manhattan