As It Lays is a series of televisual portraits of iconic and influential Angelenos. It was created by its host, LA-based artist Alex Israel.

Between July, 2011 and February, 2012, the first thirty As It Lays video portraits were shot at Freeway Studios, in the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, CA, and on location at various subjects’ homes and offices throughout the Greater Los Angeles area.

As It Lays premiered at Reena Spaulings Fine Art in New York City, in an exhibition that was held from March 11 through April 8, 2012. Beginning in March 11, 2012 and over the course of two months, the first thirty individual video portraits were released online at www.asitlays.com.

On May 19th, 2012, The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles presented As It Lays in a special one night screening and performance event at the Jim Henson Studios in Hollywood, CA. In the former Charlie Chaplin soundstage, in between screenings of previously shown video portraits from the series, Israel created three additional video portraits in front of the live audience. His surprise subjects that evening were Laird Hamilton, Molly Ringwald and Melanie Griffith.

Between August, 2018 and April, 2019, the thirty-three video portraits that comprise As It Lays 2 were shot at Alex Israel’s studio, in Los Angeles, CA. As It Lays 2 premiered at Greene Naftali Gallery, New York, in an exhibition organized in conjunction with Reena Spaulings Fine Art. The exhibition opened on April 30, 2019 and ran until June 15, 2019, and episodes were released beginning May 1st, every Wednesday and Friday, on asitlays.com and YouTube.com/.


Season 2 Credits

Creator and Host: Alex Israel
Producer: China Chow
Editor: Cami Starkman
As It Lays 2 Theme Song: Alexis & Sam Music
Production Design: Willo Perron & Associates
Graphic Design: Omar Vega
Lighting: James Clark
Title Sequence Directory of Photography: Stefan Weinberger
Title Sequence Visual Effects: Big Lazy Panda
Steve Bucino, Aleksander Jovanovic
Host’s Wardrobe provided by: Giorgio Armani, Beverly Hills
Host’s Sunglasses provided by: Freeway Eyewear
Warner Brothers Design Studio: Kevin Boyce, Craig McNabb, Andrew Pike, James Walters
Alex Israel Studio: Sarah Bradham and Linda Yun
Interns: George McGoldrik and Roni Willett

Lead Makeup Artist: Pircilla Pae
Additional Hair and Makeup:
Spencer Barnes
Dominique Diaz
Cyndra Dunn
Georgie Eisdell
Sergio Garcia
Lorenzo Martin
Wendy Martinez
Mischelle Navar
Jeffrey Paul
Kelly Peach
Daniele Piersons
Rhonda Resnick
Mitzi Spallas
Website Design: Omar Vega
Website Development: John Isbell

Special Thanks

Shelli Aizoff
Candy Barasch
Derek Blasberg
Irving and Jackie Blum
Eleanor Cayre
Edison Chen
Michael Chow
Aurele Danoff
Chris Denton
John Diemer
Sophie Edelstein
Michael Eisner

Lorna Finnegan
Jake and Rochelle Glucksman
Carol Greene
Desiree Gruber
Jack and Julie Heller
Maureen Hummel
Andrea Israel
Edward Israel
Lonnie Israel
John Kelsey
Lauren King
Michael Kives

Bettina Korek
Debbie Laub
Lindsay Levitt
Joel Lubin
Morgan Mason
Wanda McDaniel
Ginny Newhart
Nu Nguyen
Michael Ovitz
Brad Powell
Gelila Puck
Almine Rech

Spencer Margaret Richmond
Sara Rosenblum
Paul Rubens
Jeff Sanderson
Leslie Siebert
Luke Silver-Greenberg
Kashmir Snowdon-Jones
Emily Sundblad
Sunset Edit
Colleen Tuite
Sam Orlofsky
Bob Uhl
Jason Weinberg

Creator and host: Alex Israel
Editor: Cami Starkman
As It Lays Theme Song: Alexis & Sam Music
Assistants: Caitlin Pall and Emily Twombly
Assistant Editor: Michael Larson
Website: Ilias Panayiotou | StreetVirus
Host’s sunglasses: Freeway Eyewear

Sound: Kevin DeKimpe
Color Correction: Moshe Sayada
Cinematography: Stefan Weinberger
Trailer: Dave Diggz
Intern: Chloe Lew
Graphics: Matthew Williams, Monica Katzenell

Amy Andelson
Michele Andelson
Anne Anka
Sue Antebi
Jack Bankowsky
Margherita Belaief
James Bloomingdale
Phyllis Burkett
Charlotte Burns
David Campbell
China Chow
Eva Chow
Charles Cohen
Jeffrey Deitch

Rosette Delug
Corinna Fields
Lauri Firstenberg
Anna Fisher
Jillian Fowkes
Jacob Glucksman
Rachel Glucksman
Sam Glucksman
Gustavo Godoy
Amanda Goldberg
Jamie Goldblatt
David Gonzalez
Jonathan Griffin
Andrea Israel

Eddie Israel
Lonnie Israel
Emily Jerome
Marie Karlberg
Casey Kasemeier
Robert Kass
Ali Kay
John Kelsey
Michael Kerman
Esther Kim
Nick Koenigsknecht
Bettina Korek
David LaChapelle
Debbie Laub

Ashley Lent
Armand Limnander
James Lindon
Joel Lubin
Mona Malden
Alex Marshall
Emily Meyer
Joshua Miller
Paula Morehouse
Laura Moses
Nu Nguyen
Sam Orlofsky
Daniel Passman