Trading Dirt with Simon Rodia and Allan Kaprow

Trading Dirt with Simon Rodia & Allan Kaprow

About Trading Dirt with Simon Rodia and Allan Kaprow

Working alone, for thirty-three years, using tile setter's tools with no drawing board designs, scaffolding, bolts, or welding, Simon Rodia finished the largest single work of art created by one man – the Watts Towers. Just a few short years later, Allan Kaprow, an American painter, assemblagist and a pioneer in establishing the concepts of performance art developed a new art form that came to be known as a "Happening."

In Trading Dirt with Simon Rodia & Allan Kaprow, host Rosie Lee Hooks takes us on a Happening with artist-storytellers Rogelio Acevedo, Augustine Aguirre, Dominique Moody, John Outerbridge, Margarita and Saul Pichardo, Kenzi Shiokava, and Jacqueline and Roderick Sykes. Together, they share spontaneous conversations, storytelling, socialization, and unrehearsed interactions while exchanging buckets of dirt.