Interscope Records announces 30th anniversary celebration

Los Angeles County Museum of Art displays over 50 artworks inspired by label’s artists

Interscope Records is proud to kick off its 30th anniversary celebration. To coincide with the anniversary, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) will display over 50 artworks 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 Brown, Julie Curtiss, Shepard Fairey, Lauren Halsey, Damien Hirst, Rashid Johnson, Takashi Murakami, Richard Prince, Ed Ruscha, Kehinde Wiley, and many other notable visual artists have created an original work of art inspired by albums and songs from 2Pac, Billie Eilish, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Gwen Stefani, Juice WRLD, Kendrick Lamar, Lady Gaga, Mary J. Blige, MGK, Nine Inch Nails, No Doubt, Olivia Rodrigo, Selena Gomez, Snoop Dogg and U2 and to name a few.

Kehinde Wiley has created a work inspired by Dr. Dre’s The Chronic 2001. Cecily Brown has created a work inspired by Billie Eilish’s EP dont smile at me, and Rashid Johnson has created a work inspired by Kendrick Lamar’s Good Kid M.A.A.D. City album. Artists Inspired by Music: Interscope Reimagined will be on view Sunday, January 30th through February 13th 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,” states 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.”

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 20th at 10 am on the museum’s website and will include access to Interscope Reimagined.

Launched as an independent, A&R-centered label three decades ago by Jimmy Iovine and Ted Field, Interscope Records has had a track record that rivals any company in the modern record business. Since its formation, Interscope has only had two leaders, Iovine and John Janick, another highly successful entrepreneur handpicked by Iovine to succeed him as Chairman in 2014. This continuity of leadership is an important factor in the label’s enduring success. Interscope, which became part of Universal Music Group in 1998, was merged with A&M and Geffen Records a year later. Interscope Geffen A&M was the No. 1 label in the United States in 2020 and 2021. Interscope Geffen A&M is a Universal Music Group company, which is led by Sir Lucian Grainge.

Interscope will present a series of events planned over the coming months to celebrate Interscope’s legacy and to pay homage to the artists who made the label one of the most successful and enduring in the world.

Artists Inspired by Music: Interscope Reimagined

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 [NFT]
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
Lucy Bull | No Doubt – Tragic Kingdom (“Spiderwebs”)
Mark Quinn | MGK – Tickets to My Downfall
Matthew Wong | Lana Del Rey – Paradise
Fulton Leroy Washington | 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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