• California RSVP Workshops
    Fritz Haeg
    Fritz Haeg

Movement session at Sundown Dome, Los Angeles, CA. “California RSVP Workshops,” 2014.

In conjunction with the Graham Foundation exhibition Experiments in Environment: The Halprin Workshops, 1966-1971, artist Fritz Haeg hosts a workshop inspired by Lawrence and Anna Halprins' collaborative workshops of the late 1960s. Starting at the Sundown Dome in Los Angeles—Haeg's home and center for communal and domestic activities for over fifteen years—and continuing at Salmon Creek Farm—a thirty acre property in Mendocino county—the workshop directly references the Halprins' approach to collective creativity using as a guide, their publications RSVP Cycles: Creative Processes in the Human Environment (1970) and Taking Part: A Workshop Approach to Collective Creativity (1975). By incorporating environmental awareness walks in both urban and rural contexts, building exercises, and movement sessions, the workshop endeavors to experiment again with the potential inherent in an awareness of the natural and built environments.

The work of Fritz Haeg includes edible gardens, public dances, educational environments, animals’ homes, domestic gatherings, urban parades, temporary encampments, documentary videos, publications, exhibitions, and buildings for people. Recent projects include Sundown Schoolhouse—an itinerant educational program; Edible Estates—working with families to publicly grow food where they live; and Animal Estates—making homes for native animals in cities around the world, which debuted at the 2008 Whitney Biennial. Haeg studied architecture in Italy at the IUAV and Carnegie Mellon University. He is a 2010 Rome Prize Fellow and has produced projects and exhibited work at Tate Modern; SALT Beyoglu, Istanbul; the Hayward Gallery, London; the Liverpool Biennial; the Whitney Museum of American Art; SFMoMA; Casco, Utrecht; Mass MoCA; among others. The Sundown Salon Unfolding Archive (Evil Twin) was released in 2009, and the third edition of Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn (Metropolis Books) was released in 2013.