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Lucas Samaras

Lucas Samaras, untitled work for Allan Kaprow, 2006.

I WAS ALLAN’S student at Rutgers in the mid-’50s. At that time, George Segal had a farm nearby, where he was showing his sculpture in a creepy old decrepit barn with lamps, cobwebs, mice, and shit—he was obviously interested in what used to be called a theatrical experience—and he invited Allan to use the structure for whatever he wanted. The first thing Allan did, I think, was hang these strips made of raffia throughout the space, which gave you the feeling of walking through tall grass. But soon Allan got interested in directing people. I don’t know whose idea it was, but either he or George invited tons of people from the art world and their families to a party on the farm. Allan had them playin the fields in this childlike way-—pretending one army was charging another in the fields, like rejects from Ben-Hur, or conquering a mountain that was a haystack covered with construction

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