Allen Ruppersberg Sourcebook San Francisco Launch

Allen Ruppersberg Sourcebook Launch
Discussion & Book Signing

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
6pm Drinks
7pm Discussion & Book Signing
3295 20th St.
San Francisco, CA

Allen Ruppersberg & Geoff Kaplan in conversation
Moderated by Constance M. Lewallen

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The Allen Ruppersberg Sourcebook: Reanimating the 20th century is the first publication to look at the complete range of 
Ruppersberg’s diverse practice from 1978 to 2012. It focuses on nine 
important projects from that period, and delves into the texts, images, films, records and historical moments that were particularly influential to the artist. Drawing from the ephemera and pre-digital materials that sparked Ruppersberg’s thinking behind each work, the Sourcebook offers an insight into the artist’s interest in 20th century popular culture.

The book has been brilliantly designed by Geoff Kaplan (General Working Group), an editor, educator and designer based in San Francisco. This event brings the two together to discuss their collaborative process in creating the book and the selection of materials it comprises.  The discussion will be moderated by Constance M. Lewallen.


Allen Ruppersberg Sourcebook: Reanimating the 20th century
Edited by Allen Ruppersberg
Foreword by Kate Fowle, introduction by Constance M. Lewallen.
Softcover, with French-fold jacket, 284 pages.
Full Color. 8.5 x 11 inches. 2014.
Published by Independent Curators International (ICI) and distributed by Distributed Art Publishers (D.A.P.) and Walther König Books.
ISBN: 9780916365844
$ 39.95 + shipping

Click here to order, or to learn more about the publication.

October 8, 2014

3295 20th St.
San Francisco, CA, United States


Allen Ruppersberg

Allen Ruppersberg (b. 1944) is one of the first generation of American conceptual artists with an oeuvre that includes paintings, prints, photography, sculpture, installations and literature. While his career began in painting, Ruppersberg soon shifted his focus to the study of languages, pictures, books, and ideas and began extensively collecting texts of American popular culture and educational films from 1931-1967. With an interest in cultural mythologies, narratives and everyday life, these materials served as a vital source in his practice. Since the late 1960s, his work has been the subject of over 60 solo exhibitions and nearly 200 group shows, and can be found in museum permanent collections internationally, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Foundation de Appel, Amsterdam; and Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt. Career highlights include participation in the Whitney Biennials (1970, 1975, 1991), and Documenta V (1972). In 1985 the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles organized a major survey of Ruppersberg’s work, which subsequently traveled to the New Museum of Contemporary Art, in New York. Most recently, he participated in the ICI tour of State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970 co-curated by Constance M. Lewallen and Karen Moss; Al’s Grand Hotel (1971/2014) for Frieze Projects, New York; and No Time Left to Start Again/The B and D of R ‘n’ R at Wiels, Brussels.

Constance M Lewallen

Constance M. Lewallen is adjunct curator at the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive where she has curated many major exhibitions, including The Dream of the Audience: Theresa Hak Kyung Cha (1951-1982) (2001); Everything Matters: Paul Kos, a Retrospective (2003); Ant Farm, 1968-1978 (2004); A Rose Has No Teeth: Bruce Nauman in the 1960s (2007), all of which toured nationally and internationally and were accompanied by catalogues. In 2009 she curated Allen Ruppersberg: You and Me or the Art of Give and Take for the Santa Monica Museum of Art.

Geoff Kaplan

Geoff Kaplan of General Working Group has produced projects for a range of academic and cultural institutions. His work is included in San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art’s and MoMA’s permanent collections. He received his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and teaches in the Graduate Program of Design at California College of the Arts (CCA). Geoff recently co-wrote, edited and designed “Power to the People: The Graphic Design of Radical Press and the Rise of the Counter-Culture, 1964-1974” published by The University of Chicago Press. In 2014, he was the designer for the second publication in the Sourcebook series, the Allen Ruppersberg Sourcebook: Reanimating the 20th century.

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