Taking inspiration from Soup & Tart, an event devised by Fluxus-affiliated artist Jean Dupuy in 1974, held at New York's revered downtown art space The Kitchen, Active Cultures' Soup & Tart: Los Angeles brings together artists, musicians, and dancers from across the city's cultural landscape, inviting them to use the micro window of time in any way they like: an improvisation, song, action, movement, or text. As the performances roll on, a lineup of exciting chefs serve up their takes on delicious soup and tarts for all—just as bowls of vegetable soup and French apple tarts were served when artists such as Phillip Glass, Yvonne Rainer, Arthur Russell, Laurie Anderson, and Joan Jonas entertained the crowd during the original event.
Organized by interdisciplinary performance curator Sarah Cooper, the lineup includes artists, musicians, and other creative figures from across Los Angeles' cultural landscape. See the full list of participating artists below. Soup & Tart: Los Angeles features dishes by Minh Phan (Porridge + Puffs), Ray Anthony Barrett (Cinqué), Leif Hedendal (Chez Panisse, Noma), Lisa Giffen (Audrey at the Hammer), with bread provided by Bub and Grandma's, and much more.
Just as Dupuy's Soup & Tart took place in a pivotal moment for the artists of its generation, this experiment aims to ask what the models of earlier avant-gardes can reveal in the here and now. Poised to be a night of the unexpected, Soup & Tart: Los Angeles seeks to capture that magical sense of convening that is only possible when aided by delicious food.
NOTE: Soup & Tart: Los Angeles has been postponed until further notice. Please check back for updates and subscribe to our newsletter for real time communications.
Soup & Tart: Los Angeles is made possible in part through the generous support of the Active Cultures Board of Directors and Founders Circle members Mehran and Laila Taslimi. Special thanks to event sponsors Dublab, Bub and Grandma's, and our lead sponsor and venue host, werkartz.
Victoria Fu & Matt Rich
Samantha Blake Goodman
Otis Houston Jr.
John Caroll Kirbym
Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs
Eddie Ruscha Jr.
Daniel R. Small
Kwang Uh and Mina Park
Ray Anthony Barrett