The legendary Joshua Light Show, under the direction of founder Joshua White, will create a live multimedia performance—the first event in the new Parrish Art Museum’s Lichtenstein Theater—on Friday, November 9, at 6 pm. The program will be presented in collaboration with artists Alyson Denny, Brock Monroe, and Seth Kirby, with original music performed by musician/producer Nick Hallett and composer Zach Layton. This immersive audio/visual environment will take cues from the region's storied quality of light and creative legacy.
White’s relationship to the East End of Long Island began 46 years ago, creating light shows in Southampton as a member of Bobb Goldsteinn's Lightworks team. In 1966, the group performed regularly at the waterfront nightclub L'Oursin (where the term “multimedia” was coined by Goldsteinn to promote his show). A psychedelic dance club, L'Oursin was produced by pioneering venture capitalist, Alan Patricof, and was described by music writer Albert Goldman in New York Magazine as, “a stunning mélange of sights and sounds.” This early experience was formative for White, and the following year, he founded the Joshua Light Show, which grew to international renown for its singular work in creating live visual environments for rock concerts, from the Fillmore East to Woodstock and Carnegie Hall. In the last decade, Joshua Light Show performances have seamlessly merged analog and digital techniques, and taken place at Lincoln Center, Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Hayden Planetarium, and NYU Skirball, where their recent act was touted by Rolling Stone as, “the most psychedelic light show of all time.”
About the Joshua Light Show
Joshua White, dubbed the “forefather of VJ culture,” pioneered live visuals for music via his Joshua Light Show, which began performing at Bill Graham's Fillmore East in the late 1960s. White went on to design mind-bending optics for shows by artists such as Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, The Who, The Grateful Dead, The Doors, Frank Zappa, Yayoi Kusama, among many others. In 2004, White teamed up with artist, Gary Panter and regenerated the full performance light show at Anthology Film Archives in New York. Over the next eight years, the show evolved with the participation of new collaborators and a highly creative relationship with musician, performer and producer, Nick Hallett. In addition to his fellow light artists at the time, Joshua began working with a different generation all of whom enjoy a shared live performance, light show vision. Today, the structure of the Joshua Light Show differs little from the original psychedelic slipstream of so-called “liquid lights” of almost 45 years ago. In the last decade, White has worked on performances and exhibitions for the Tate Liverpool, the Centre Pompidou, the Whitney Museum, MOCA and other venues. He began to team up with other artists, to add more complexity to the show and further develop the basic analog ideas using digital techniques. Joshua Light Show’s recent collaborators have included Joshua White, Alyson Denny, Nick Hallett, Seth Kirby, Ana Matronic, Brock Monroe, Gary Panter, Doug Pope, Nica Ross, Bec Stupak, and Jeff Cook.
The Joshua Light Show performance is made possible by The Patricof Family Foundation. Special thanks to Michael Mensch Design, Inc.
Joshua Light Show