Morgan O'Hara Live Transmission: Friday Night Kitchen

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Dec 20, 2017 2:20AM

7, 14, 21,28 April, 2017

Time Study:Feb 17th   - March 14th , 2010, Mexico
38.5 x 126cm / 15.2 x 50inches / Gouache, watercolor, and graphite on paper

A happening is a performance, event, or situation meant to be considered art, usually as performance art. The term was first used by Allan Kaprow in 1959 on his famous work, “18 Happenings in 6 Parts “. Kaprow presented that in happening, the viewer is the creator. Without any plot arrangement, everything is impromptu, and the work itself is a collage of behavior. By this form of art, the sensitivity of art is extended, the viewers who is part of the work can smell, hear, even taste what’s in the circumstance, and perceive the message the artist wanted to tell.

LIVE TRANSMISSION: movement of the hands of colleagues presenting papers at the first meeting of NOMADIC / meetings between art and science / University of Porto, Portugal / 9am-7pm,2009.09.17


56.3x76.3cm / 22x30inches / graphite on paper

The idea of happening wasn’t original by Kaprow. In fact, by the end of 1950s, happening is a commonly accepted by artists. One of the most famous representatives is “4’33””. By playing soundless music lasted for 4 minutes and 33 seconds, John Cage stimulated the audiences to react. Happening started in the early 20th century, when the world became unsettled and upsetting, more and more artists get themselves involved in the society. They not only brought art into normal lives by direct and specific manners rather than the techniques classic art valued, but sought the possibility of daily life becoming art.

LIVE TRANSMISSION: movimento delle mani di RADU LUPUmentre suona Sonata in MI minore opus 90 di LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN / Teatro Domizetti / Festival Pianistico Internazionale / Bergamo, Italia, 2002.05.28


70x100cm / 27.5x39.25inches / graphite on paper

Morgan O’ Hara has been more considered as a happening artist because of her unique method, and the need of “the others” in her creation. In the process, the artist doesn’t have the dominance; she can react, she can transmit, but the “events” have to be created by the others, the observed object itself, or even the audiences. O’ Hara gets inspiration from many aspects: from operas, musicals performed on stage, to materials in life like janitors, masons, even heartbeats or the presidential inaugural address. We can easily find art does not just happen in the exquisite temple, but in ordinary everyday life near us.

Morgan O’ Hara has been more considered as a happening artist because of her unique method, and the need of “the others” in her creation. In the process, the artist doesn’t have the dominance; she can react, she can transmit, but the “events” have to be created by the others, the observed object itself, or even the audiences. O’ Hara gets inspiration from many aspects: from operas, musicals performed on stage, to materials in life like janitors, masons, even heartbeats or the presidential inaugural address. We can easily find art does not just happen in the exquisite temple, but in ordinary everyday life near us.

The upcoming project “Friday Night Off-work Ordinary Kitchen” and the cooperation with NPO One-Forty continues this context. In “Friday Night Off-work Ordinary Kitchen”, we turn the gallery into a Kitchen, where the artist can observe the space, including movements of the cook cooking, and the reactions of the participants, completing the work with a series of events. The cooperation with One-Forty focuses on another issue, about how life is like from a migrant worker’s view. We invite O’ Hara to spend a day with a migrant worker, transforming the daily life into events and recorded by the artist. This may offer some different angles to look at life, social issues, and the happening of art.

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