Allan Kaprow’s Travelog Reinvented with MOCA

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The Project

True to the spirit and legacy of Allan Kaprow, the haudenschild Garage reinterpreted his happening, Travelog (1968), over the course of two days, May 10 & 12, 2008 in conjunction with the exhibition Allan Kaprow – Art as Life at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (March 23 – June 30, 2008).

The original piece took place in Madison, New Jersey where Kaprow worked with a group of students from Fairleigh Dickinson University. About thirty-five people in ten or eleven cars participated. At each gas station a tire was changed; the process was recorded and photographed as it was repeated. The next day the whole process was repeated without cameras or tape recorders.

Conceptualized and organized by and , the haudenschild Garage was not slavish or loyal, and hence represented the best legacy possible to the humble but irreverent Allan. Alfredo Brillembourg and Hubert Klumpner of The Urban Think Tank in Venezuela, artist and journalist Lin Yu in China, and researcher and professor of psychology, Nicholas Christenfeld in the U.S. chose a service to engage with and spent a day repeating the task, documenting each of the service iterations. This documentation was sent to the haudenschild Garage in a package.

On May 10, the packages were opened and the day of service was discussed,  moderated by Jeff Kelley, critic and author.  The discussion took place at the haudenschild Garage via Sykpe consecutively on three continents.  The participants divided themselves into three groups to further interpret Travelog in San Diego. Curators, & Stephen Hepworth together with Diane Rothenberg, social anthropologist and author, and Jerome Rothenberg, poet and professor, led the groups. Group participants included Belinda Bijun Sun, George Bolster, Giacomo Castagnola Chaparro, Rishi Chadha, Coryl Crane-Kaprow, Mary Evangelista, Steve Fagin, Eloisa Haudenschild, Ariana Hernandez-Reguant, , Laura Kwak, David Matlin, Sean Neil, Kyong Park, Alan Rosenblum, Gail Schneider, Carlos Trilnick, Christin Turner, Nina Waisman, and Sybil Wendler.

On May 12 after the groups’ activities in San Diego, the participants reconvened at the Garage and discussed, debated, and shared their experiences with Jeff Kelley moderating the evening. Dolissa Medina was the videographer and Marcos Llanos and Monica Jovanovich-Kelley photographed the events. Present from MOCA were Aandrea Stang and Zachary Kaplan.

For photo documentation of this Happening at MOCA, please click here for MOCA’s website on the exhibition. Happenings are coordinated by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 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. Concept of the exhibition by Stephanie Rosenthal and Eva Meyer-Hermann. The exhibition is on view at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA from March 23 – June 30 2008.