Allen Ruppersberg

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1940s

1944

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1960s

1962

Allen Ruppersberg enrolls in Chouinard Art Institute. Robert Irwin and Emerson Woelffler are some of his professors.

1962

Terry Allen and Allen Ruppersberg meet on the first day of school at Chouinard.

1966

Terry Allen, Allen Ruppersberg, and a group of friends from Chouinard cofound Gallery 66, a cooperative gallery in Los Angeles that operates for one year.

1967

Allen Ruppersberg graduates from Chouinard with a BFA.

1967

Allen Ruppersberg participates in his first group exhibition, New Directions, at the Westside Jewish Community Center in Los Angeles. The show also includes Bruce Nauman and Ed Ruscha.

1969

Terry Allen’s wife, Jo Harvey Allen, is one of the waitresses at Allen Ruppersberg’s project Al’s Cafe.

1969

Terry Allen sells his first record, Going to California, as a “side dish” at Al’s Cafe.

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1970s

1971

Terry Allen performing at Al’s Grand Hotel, 1971. Photo: Gary Krueger. Courtesy of the artist and Greene Naftali, New York.
Allen Ruppersberg, Al’s Grand Hotel brochure, 1971. One brochure with promotional description of the Hotel; 3 9/10 × 9 in. (10 × 23 cm). Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Balch Art Research Library.
Allen Ruppersberg, Al’s Grand Hotel brochure, 1971. One brochure with promotional description of the Hotel; 3 9/10 × 9 in. (10 × 23 cm). Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Balch Art Research Library.
Allen Ruppersberg, Al’s Grand Hotel brochure, 1971. One brochure with promotional description of the Hotel; 3 9/10 × 9 in. (10 × 23 cm). Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Balch Art Research Library.
Allen Ruppersberg, Al’s Grand Hotel catalogue, 1971. One exhibition catalogue (illustrated); 6 3/10 × 9 1/10 in. (16 × 23 cm). Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Balch Art Research Library.
Allen Ruppersberg, Al’s Grand Hotel catalogue, 1971. One exhibition catalogue (illustrated); 6 3/10 × 9 1/10 in. (16 × 23 cm). Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Balch Art Research Library.
Allen Ruppersberg, Al’s Grand Hotel catalogue, 1971. One exhibition catalogue (illustrated); 6 3/10 × 9 1/10 in. (16 × 23 cm). Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Balch Art Research Library.
Allen Ruppersberg, Al’s Grand Hotel catalogue, 1971. One exhibition catalogue (illustrated); 6 3/10 × 9 1/10 in. (16 × 23 cm). Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Balch Art Research Library.
Allen Ruppersberg, Al’s Grand Hotel catalogue, 1971. One exhibition catalogue (illustrated); 6 3/10 × 9 1/10 in. (16 × 23 cm). Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Balch Art Research Library.
Allen Ruppersberg, Al’s Grand Hotel catalogue, 1971. One exhibition catalogue (illustrated); 6 3/10 × 9 1/10 in. (16 × 23 cm). Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Balch Art Research Library.
Allen Ruppersberg, Al’s Grand Hotel catalogue, 1971. One exhibition catalogue (illustrated); 6 3/10 × 9 1/10 in. (16 × 23 cm). Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Balch Art Research Library.
Allen Ruppersberg, Al’s Grand Hotel ephemera, 1971. One typewritten letter; 7 ½ × 10 3/5 in. (19 × 27 cm). Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Balch Art Research Library.
Allen Ruppersberg, Al’s Grand Hotel ephemera, 1971. Two blank sheets of stationary and one envelope; each: 7 ½ × 10 3/5 in. (19 × 27 cm). Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Balch Art Research Library.
Allen Ruppersberg, Al’s Grand Hotel, 1971. Lithograph on Starwhite Vellum paper, edition 22/100; sheet: 15 × 19 7/8 in. (38.1 × 50.5 cm), image: 15 × 19 7/8 in. (38.1 × 50.5 cm). Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Purchased with funds provided by the Ducommun and Gross Endowment Income Fund, and gift of Cirrus Editions (AC1994.114.15).
Inside album cover, Terry Allen Live at Al’s Grand Hotel: May 7th, 1971, 1971.

1971

Allen Ruppersberg proposes Al’s Grand Hotel for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s exhibition 24 Young Los Angeles Artists, which also includes Vija Celmins, Robert Cumming, and William Wegman.

1971

Billy Al Bengston rents out Allen Ruppersberg’s Al’s Grand Hotel to throw a party.

1971

1971

Allen Ruppersberg offers his LA studio as the location of Ed Ruscha’s first film, Premium, which stars artist Larry Bell.

1971

Terry Allen records a live album at the opening night of Allen Ruppersberg’s Al’s Grand Hotel and spends the night in the “Al Room.”

1971

Vija Celmins, Robert Cumming, Allen Ruppersberg, and William Wegman participate in 24 Young Los Angeles Artists at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

1972

A year after Al Ruppersberg’s Al’s Grand Hotel takes place, Lynn Hershman Leeson and Eleanor Coppola decide to transform two rooms in the Dante Hotel, a transient hotel in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco. On Halloween 1973, Hershman Leeson places two life-size wax cast figures, one black and one white, under rumpled bed sheets, surrounded by her belongings. For nine months, visitors in the know are allowed to sign in at the front desk and view the installation for free. The installation ends when someone visits the room at 3 am, mistakes the wax figures for corpses, and calls the police, who collect all the objects and take them back to the station.

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1980s

1985

Allen Ruppersberg, The Impossible Girl, 1985. Wood; three parts, part a: 20 ¾ in. (52.7 cm) length; 9 ½ in. (24.1 cm) diameter; part b: 61 ½ in. (156.2 cm) length; 9 ½ in. (24.1 cm) diameter; part c: 24 ¼ in. (62.2 cm) length; 14 ½ in. (36.8 cm) diameter. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Hudson, 1997.11.a–c. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

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2010s

2011

Amanda Ross-Ho and Allen Ruppersberg, The Meaning of Plus and Minus, 2011. Mixed-media installation: green pedestal, fabricated binder sculpture, random-sequence digital slide show, and moving-image projection with audio (music); overall dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artists. © Al Ruppersberg and Amanda Ross-Ho. Courtesy of the artist; Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York; and Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago.
Amanda Ross-Ho and Allen Ruppersberg, The Meaning of Plus and Minus, 2011. Mixed-media installation: green pedestal, fabricated binder sculpture, random-sequence digital slide show, and moving-image projection with audio (music); overall dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artists. © Al Ruppersberg and Amanda Ross-Ho. Courtesy of the artists; Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York; and Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago.
Amanda Ross-Ho and Allen Ruppersberg, The Meaning of Plus and Minus, 2011. Mixed-media installation: green pedestal, fabricated binder sculpture, random-sequence digital slide show, and moving-image projection with audio (music); overall dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artists. © Al Ruppersberg and Amanda Ross-Ho. Courtesy of the artists; Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York; and Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago.

2011

Amanda Ross-Ho and Allen Ruppersberg collaborate on The Meaning of Plus and Minus, which is commissioned by the Orange County Museum of Art for the exhibition Two Schools of Cool.

2011

Joe Goode, Stephen Kaltenbach, Mike Kelley, Tom Marioni, Bruce Nauman, Senga Nengudi, Allen Ruppersberg, and Ed Ruscha are included in the group exhibition Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974–1981 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

2018

Amanda Ross-Ho makes a small contribution to Allen Ruppersberg’s exhibition monograph Al Ruppersberg: Intellectual Property 1968–2018 discussing their shared Midwestern roots.

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