Opening 6 September 2024, 7 pm

6 September 2024 – 16 February 2025

Yard is a historic environment by U.S. artist Allan Kaprow (Atlantic City, 1927 – Encinitas, California, 2006). Originally conceived in 1961 for the group exhibition Environments, Situations, Spaces at the Martha Jackson Gallery in New York, Yard was set up in the gallery’s outdoor courtyard, which Kaprow filled with hundreds of used automobile tires.

On loan from the Glenstone Museum, Potomac, Maryland, Yard is presented for the first time in Rome, offering the public an opportunity to freely interact with the work in the museum’s galleria vetrata.



ALLAN KAPROW (Atlantic City, 1927 – Encinitas, CA, 2006) was an American artist and theoretician, renowned for pioneering Happenings and significantly contributing to performance and installation art. He earned a BA from New York University, and an MA in art history from Columbia University under the guidance of Meyer Schapiro. Kaprow trained in painting at the Hans Hofmann School and studied with John Cage at the New School. He co-founded the Hansa Gallery and the Reuben Gallery. His influential works include 18 Happenings in 6 Parts (1959) and Yard (1961). His exhibitions have been featured at institutions such as the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Pasadena Art Museum. Kaprow taught at Rutgers, SUNY Stony Brook, CalArts, and UC San Diego, and authored notable publications such as Assemblage, Environments, and Happenings (1966) and Essays on the Blurring of Art and Life (1993). Among other things, his work focused on audience participation and everyday materials, influencing the development of contemporary art practices. 



On September 2024, from 7 pm, Sonata a festival of moving image, sound, performance, conversation and spoken word will be presented.