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Mar 8, 2018 at 10:00 am

Sweet Wall: An Allan Kaprow Happening Recreation

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Jeff Kelley (art critic, author, and curator) will lead participants in a recreation of Allan Kaprow’s happening “SWEET WALL.”

The original was constructed, and toppled, in Berlin in 1970. Kaprow said of the piece, “It enclosed nothing, separated no one. It was built in a desolated area close to the real Berlin Wall. The real Wall divided a city against itself… As parody, Sweet Wall was about an idea of a wall. The Berlin Wall was an idea, too.”

This recreation comes days before Trump’s visit to San Diego to see prototypes for a potential border wall.

Sweet Wall will be constructed of cinder blocks held together with bread and jam as mortar, at Muir College, near Sun God and beneath Robert Irwin’s “Two Running Violet V Forms.”

As the inventor of Happenings in the late 1950s, Allan Kaprow has been variously described as an avant-garde revolutionary, a radical sociologist, a Zen(ish) monk, a progressive educator, and an anti-art theorist. But he must also be understood as an artist. While he will forever be associated with the improvisations of the early 1960s, Kaprows works have gradually moved from the public, spectacular features of the early Happenings toward a more genuinely participatory art in which the once privileged content of the artist gives way to the personal experience of the participant.

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Date and Time

Mar 8, 2018 at 10:00 am

Location

Muir College, near Sun God, beneath Robert Irwin’s “Two Running Violet V Forms”

Event Registration

Registration is not required for this event.

Event Fee

Free

Contact

Nick Lesley    nlesley@ucsd.edu    8588227755

Audience

Faculty, Staff, Students, The General Public

Event Host

Visual Arts

Event Category

Concerts, Performances and Exhibitions