Charles Garoian on collaborating with his students at Los Altos High School

Artist Charles Garoian reflects on the performance art "happenings" he staged with his students at Los Altos High School, where he taught from 1969 to 1986. Garoian considers the ways those performances — whether building an ice sculpture, putting a fresh twist on familiar rituals like homecoming, or exploding the summertime practice of carving watermelons — offer unexpected perspectives on shared cultural traditions.

Digitized slide documentation of the performances Garoian staged with his students is on view as part of Project Los Altos: SFMOMA in Silicon Valley, November 9, 2013 - March 2, 2014.

  • Total running time: 3 min. 16 sec.

  • Featured Artist: Charles Garoian
  • SFMOMA Release Date: December 2013