Lee Lozano: Dropout Piece – Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer and Bruce Hainley – One Work launch, LA

Join us on Sunday 30 March 2014 for a dialogue between Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer and Bruce Hainley at Ooga Booga, LA to celebrate our recent One Work book, Lee Lozano: Dropout Piece.

Dropout Piece (begun c.1970) is the name Lee Lozano gave to her self-imposed transformation from art world insider to outsider. It is also a large-scale action carried out with lifelong, indeed posthumous, consequences. In our new One Work, LA based writer Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer presents it as a great experiment in art and endurance. Drawing closely upon Lozano’s private notebooks she argues that Dropout Piece still haunts the art world today as oral history, ephemera and fantasy, and reveals how Lozano’s practice advanced the relationship between language and performance and between private thought and urgent action.

LA based writer Lehrer-Graiwer and Bruce Hainley will discuss the present-day (im)possibilities of radical withdrawal or going underground; professionalism and its repulsions; the often deleterious and dangerous effects of a life in art; and the psychic (even psychedelic) rollercoaster that it is to undertake long-term thinking and writing on a subject, among other ideas related to this One Work.

Bruce Hainley is a writer living in Los Angeles whose most recent book, Under the Sign of [sic]: Sturtevant's Volte-Face, is the first monographic study on the artist in English and was published by Semiotext(e) last December.

Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer and Bruce Hainley in dialogue

Sunday 30th March 2014, 15:00-18:00

Ooga Booga bookstore
356 S. Mission Road
Los Angeles 90033

Launch with light refreshments 15:00-18:00, conversation at 16:00.

Ooga Booga is an art-books-clothing-music shop. This event is free and there is no booking so please arrive early to secure a seat.

Lee Lozano: Dropout Piece is part of the One Work series of books, each of which presents a single work of art considered in detail through a single text. To order the book, visit The MIT Press website or your nearest independent bookshop.