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West of CenterArt and the Counterculture Experiment in America, 1965-1977$
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Elissa Auther and Adam Lerner

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816677252

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816677252.001.0001

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Collective Movement: Anna and Lawrence Halprin’s Joint Workshops

Collective Movement: Anna and Lawrence Halprin’s Joint Workshops

(p.22) Chapter 2 Collective Movement: Anna and Lawrence Halprin’s Joint Workshops
West of Center

Eva J. Friedberg

University of Minnesota Press

In 1966, husband and wife collaborators Anna and Lawrence Halprin created two workshops that took place in the summers of 1966 and 1968 that combined dance, sensory exploration, design, architecture, and theories of creativity. This chapter focuses on these workshops, which were important contributions to the counterculture of the 1960s and its distinctive approach to the blurring of art and life called for by artist Allan Kaprow. It shows that both of the Halprins were interested in pushing the boundaries of their own artistic practices, and their experiments in this regard represent a distinctive, particularly literal carrying out of Kaprow’s theorization of art into life that characterized many countercultural projects designed to transform the individual and subsequently society at large.

Keywords:   Anna Halprin, Lawrence Halprin, workshops, art, dance, architecture, counterculture, Allan Kaprow, countercultural movement

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