The College Art Association’s annual conference rolls into town this week, bringing artists, art historians, curators and critics together in the banquet halls of the Hyatt Regency for a few days of art smarts and cheese platters. Forty-something years ago the conference also convened in a local hotel, around the same time that our own Museum of Contemporary Art was founded. This note, from the archives of the artist Allan Kaprow, surfaces from that era:
“The CAA is a hotel full of aging fags. I was certain it would be raided by the police.”
From then-director of the MCA, Jan van der Marck, sent to Allan Kaprow, on MCA letterhead. Dated January 30, 1968. From the Allan Kaprow Papers, Getty Research Institute, box 12, folder 5.