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Overflow: A Reinvention of Allan Kaprow's Fluids

Date: Saturday and Sunday, April 26 and 27, 2008
Time: 10:00–8:30 p.m. on Saturday, 10:00–4:00 p.m. on Sunday
Location: Getty Center
Admission: Free; no reservations required.

"During two days, a rectangular structure of ice blocks (measuring about 30 feet long, 10 wide and 8 high) will be built at the Getty Center. The walls will be broken, dismantled and repurposed. The remains of these activities will be left to melt."
—LA Art Girls

LA Art Girls

Fluids, one of renowned artist Allan Kaprow's most ambitious Happenings, was realized in 1967 when teams of volunteers built rectangular ice structures throughout the Los Angeles area. Overflow by the LA Art Girls is a reinvention of Fluids that seeks to reinterpret the original score. It is conceived as both a historical dedication and a contemporary investigation of some of the issues raised by Kaprow's original piece.

This event was broadcasted live via webcam on April 25 and 26, 2008.


Saturday, April 26, 10:00 a.m.–8:30 p.m.
LA Art Girls and The Union Ice Company build a rectangular ice structure at the Getty Center's Lower Terrace Sculpture Garden, followed by a celebration with DJ J. Sole of KCRW starting at 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 27, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
LA Art Girls and volunteers dismantle the ice structure, removing and repurposing the ice to various locations around the Getty campus.

Fluids at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
The reinvention of Fluids commences on Friday, April 25, at 9:00 a.m. with the building of ice structures at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and various sites around the city. See Fluids: A Happening by Allan Kaprow on LACMA's Web site for more details.

About the LA Art Girls
The LA Art Girls, an art group with over 30 members, strives to be a voluntary and nonhierarchical gathering of practices and a source

Allan Kaprow, Detail of a poster for Fluids (with score)

of mutual inspiration, support, and dialogue. The LA Art Girls have produced several collaborative projects, including Total Art Performance Event, a series of Fluxus-inspired performances held the Getty Center in June 2006 as part of the conference Movement and the Visual Arts. For more information on the LA Art Girls please visit their Web site,

The LA Art Girls involved in Overflow are:
Stephanie Allespach, Tricia Avant, Allison Danielle Behrstock, Krista Chael, Sydney Croskery, Jackie Dunbar, Karen Dunbar, Angela Ellsworth, Phyllis Green, Micol Hebron, Parichard Holm, Leigh McCarthy, Marjam Oskoui, Nancy Popp, Sarah Riley, Felis Stella, Ten Terrell, Marjan K. Vayghan

About This Project
The Union Ice Company has provided generous in-kind support for the project.

This event is a collaboration between the Getty Research Institute (GRI), The J. Paul Getty Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). The program is held in conjunction with MOCA's Kaprow retrospective, Allan Kaprow: Art as Life, the J. Paul Getty Museum's California Video exhibition, and the GRI's publication Allan Kaprow—Art as Life (2008).

How to Get Here
The Getty Center is located at 1200 Getty Center Drive in Los Angeles, California, approximately 12 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. See Hours, Directions, Parking for maps and driving directions.

LA Art Girls:  Overflow

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