Miriam Schapiro and her family move to California after her husband Paul Brach is offered a job as chair of a new art department at the University of California, San Diego. Schapiro is offered a position as lecturer. While at the university, Schapiro meets physicist David Nabilof, with whom she collaborates on computer-aided sketches for her paintings, including the Computer Series.
John Outterbridge begins teaching at the Compton Communicative Arts Academy (CCAA).
Billy Al Bengston establishes the Artist Studio in his quarters on Mildred Avenue in Venice, California, as a way to get around the commercial gallery system. The space shows brief exhibitions of works by friends, including Larry Bell, Joe Goode, and Ed Ruscha, and the artists are able to keep all profits.
John Outterbridge becomes director of the CCAA.
The Oakland Museum of California organizes Tom Marioni’s first museum exhibition, The Act of Drinking Beer with Friends Is the Highest Form of Art. For the exhibition, Marioni invites 16 friends to the museum on a Monday (when it is normally closed) and leaves the detritus for the installation. The work, which is an example of social sculpture, has been repeated in institutions all over the world.
Bruce Conner uses the Dennis Hopper collages as source material for a series of photo etchings produced at Crown Point Press in Oakland, with founding Director Kathan Brown. They are published in three volumes as The Dennis Hopper One Man Show. Conner originally proposed the collages for an exhibition of the same name at the Nicholas Wilder Gallery in Los Angeles in 1967, but Wilder rejected the proposal given the false attribution.
A year after Al Ruppersberg’s Al’s Grand Hotel takes place, Lynn Hershman Leeson and Eleanor Coppola decide to transform two rooms in the Dante Hotel, a transient hotel in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco. On Halloween 1973, Hershman Leeson places two life-size wax cast figures, one black and one white, under rumpled bed sheets, surrounded by her belongings. For nine months, visitors in the know are allowed to sign in at the front desk and view the installation for free. The installation ends when someone visits the room at 3 am, mistakes the wax figures for corpses, and calls the police, who collect all the objects and take them back to the station.
Senga Nengudi organizes the performance Ceremony for Freeway Fets underneath a freeway overpass on Pico Boulevard near the Los Angeles Convention Center. The performance is supported by a Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) grant and sponsored by Brockman Gallery Productions and the California Department of Transportation. As a part of Studio Z, David Hammons participates.