Round Trip

On May 19 LAPD recreated Allan Kaprow’s 1968 Happening ROUND TRIP, as part of MOCA’s exhibition Allan Kaprow – Art as Life Happenings.

The exhibition was on view at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA from March 23 to June 30, 2008.

The first ROUND TRIP in March 1968
RT_2008_1968ROUND TRIP:
* build a ball of string and cardboard
* roll it down public street
* add and pick up elements of what’s in the streets onto the ball
* do the trip in reverse, unraveling the ball
 A Happening is an assemblage of events performed or perceived in more than one time and place. Its material environments may be constructed, taken over directly from what is available, or altered slightly; just as its activities may be invented or commonplace. A Happening, unlike a stage play, may occur at a supermarket, driving along a highway, under a pile of rags, and in a friend’s kitchen, either at once or sequentially. If sequentially, time may extend to more than a year. The Happening is performed according to plan but without rehearsal, audience, or repetition. It is art but seems closer to life.  – Allan Kaprow.

RT_2008_KaprowOUR ROUND TRIP in 2008

6th and Gladys Ave., Los Angeles (starting point)
Follow 6th Street west to San Julian Street.
North on San Julian Street to 5th Street.
5th Street, west to Los Angeles Street.
Los Angeles Street north to Winston Street.
Winston Street west to Main Street
and back: ending at Gladys Park, (6th and Gladys)

RT_2008_MOCALAPD at MOCA talking about the ROUND TRIP happening

Personal Reflections at Trade Talk
Referring to Allan Kaprow’s 1988 work, Trading Dirt, Trade Talk invites private and public reflections, becoming a collection point for the experiences of those who have taken part in his happenings, events and environments, as told by the participants themselves.

Project Funders

Happenings are coordinated by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs, and made possible by generous support from the Getty Foundation. Allan Kaprow – Art as Life is organized by the Haus der Kunst, Munich, and the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven.