Al’s Grand Hotel

decade

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

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.”

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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