Lawrence Halprin

A new website for Lawrence Halprin

December 21, 2018

Visit the new website for artist and architect Lawrence Halprin to see unique works and learn about current and upcoming exhibitions. 

Anna Halprin: Body Radical at the DeYoung Museum

September 19, 2018

October 20, 2018 – October 28, 2018

Anna Halprin’s career has been exceptionally long and varied—even for an artist who turned 98 this year—and her pieces have inspired generations of other artists around the world, across many disciplines, artistic and social movements, and communities. This October we celebrate Halprin and her multidisciplinary practice by presenting a selection of performances, film screenings, workshops, and participatory events, including Planetary Dance(which has been staged in forty-six countries on six continents to date).

Halprin has consistently defied the boundaries of dance, using experiments with everyday movement and contextual shifts away from the stage to reinvent its forms, subjects, and intentions. She has pushed the medium even further as a tool to address social justice issues, connect people with one another and the environment, foster community across racial and social divides, and facilitate both physical and psychological healing. Long renowned in the dance world, Halprin is increasingly recognized as a contemporary artist who brings a pioneering approach to social and collective artistic practices. Richard Schechner, editor of TDR: The Drama Review, calls her “one of the most important and original thinkers in performance.”

This presentation’s multiple performances, workshops, and screenings together offer a glimpse into Halprin’s work, methods, and legacy, allowing reflection on her key past projects and active engagement with the continuing vitality of her work.

Please click here for event information and performance dates. 

SFMOMA Exhibition: The Sea Ranch

September 19, 2018

Distinctive architecture, uninhibited ocean views, bold supergraphics, shared open space, and meditative tranquility—these were the beginnings of the Sea Ranch, a beacon of Modernism on the Northern California coast. Designed by a small group of Bay Area architects and designers in the early 1960s, the development was envisioned as a progressive, inclusive community, guided by the idealistic principles of good design, economy of space, and harmony with the natural environment.

This exhibition brings together original sketches and drawings from the project's designers, along with archival images, photographs of the Sea Ranch today, and a full-scale architectural replica. The environmentally attentive design philosophies explored at the Sea Ranch, along with the now-iconic graphics, resonated globally and continue to influence architecture and design today.

The exhibition features works by artist and architect Lawrence Halprin. Click here for more information and tickets.

Exhibition: Lawrence Halprin at the California Historical Soceity

January 21, 2016

Experiments in Environment: The Halprin Workshops 1966-1971
January 21 - July 3, 2016

Opening reception: Thursday, January 21, 5-8pm

How do you perceive the environment?

In the summer of 1966, renowned American landscape architect Lawrence Halprin (1916–2009) and his wife, dance pioneer Anna Halprin (born 1920), began a series of experimental, cross-disciplinary workshops in northern California that offered a new approach to environmental awareness. Drawn from architecture, ecology, music, cinematography, graphics, choreography, and lighting, Experiments in Environment brought together artists, dancers, architects, and environmental designers in avant-garde environmental arts experiences.

For information about visiting the exhibition, click here


The Halprin Workshops, 1966–1971 at Columbia's Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery

February 23, 2015

February 23 - April 18, 2015

In the late 1960s and early 1970s American landscape architect Lawrence Halprin and avant-garde dance pioneer Anna Halprin organized a series of experimental, cross-disciplinary workshops in Northern California. The workshops brought together dancers, architects, environmental designers, and artists in a process designed to facilitate collaboration and group creativity through new approaches to environmental awareness. The Halprin Workshops, 1966–1971 presents original photographs, films, drawings, scores, and other documentation of three workshops: Experiments in Environment, 1966; Community, 1968; and Leadership Training, 1971.