Coming, Saturday, April 5 and 6, 2008, starting at 11:30 am

Allan Kaprow — Art as Life
"Trading Dirt" -- a reinterpretation

Hosted by the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

The Avenue 50 Studio will trade dirt with its neighbors, many of whom are recent immigrants from Mexico and Central America. In this reinvention of Trading Dirt (1983), the trading of dirt may also lead to the trading of stories and memories of homelands.

Tracing his development from early abstract expressionist paintings to his highly influential Happenings of the 1950s and ‘60s, the comprehensive retrospective at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA of the work of Allan Kaprow presents a selection of early Environments reinvented by various institutions throughout Southern California. Happenings, a term coined by Kaprow in the late 1950s, define an art form in which an action is extracted from the environment, replacing the traditional art object with
a performative gesture rooted in the movements of everyday life. The Avenue 50 Studio in Highland Park will be reinterpreting “Trading Dirt” with artists Stuart Rapeport and Francisco Romero and assisted by Miguel Olivares and Tatiana Lubaviski

Saturday, April 5 and Sunday, April 6, @ 11:30 am

This event is coordinated with the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles, and made possible by a generous grant from the Getty Foundation.