Douglas' new film that recaptures the spirit of the legendary 1970s recording studio "The Church"
You may run into the ghosts of Miles Davis, Johnny Cash, and Billie Holiday at Stan Douglas' new show at David Zwirner. For his 12th solo exhibit at the gallery, the Vancouver artist delivers Luanda-Kinshasa, a film shot in a set modeled after the famed Columbia 30th Street Studio, known to music fans as "The Church." The legendary recording studio, which was opened in 1949 by Columbia Records, inhabited an abandoned Armenian Church on East 30th Street and was the site where Bob Dylan recorded Highway 61 Revisited, Pink Floyd laid down The Wall and Miles Davis trumpeted Kind of Blue. The film, which takes place in the 1970s, features a band of professional musicians improvising together. Complete with groupies, journalists and fashions of the time, the Douglas' work captures the mood of the era bygone.