The American Hotel and Al's Bar Project
was a grassroots creative complex on the corner of Hewitt Street and Traction Avenue in
downtown Los Angeles. Conceptual artist Marc Kreisel designed the project as a work of
functional sculpture to circulate money and creative support back into the community. The
collection spans from 1976-2004 and consists of flyers, posters, photographs,
correspondence, scripts, Rolodexes, calendars, theater programs, press releases, financial
records, and bar memorabilia such as the cash can, the jukebox records, the beer taps,
t-shirts, signs, and a microphone.
In 1979, conceptual artist Marc Kreisel and three partners closed escrow on a building on
the corner of Hewitt Street and Traction Avenue in downtown L.A. Kreisel envisioned The
American Hotel and Al's Bar as elements of a grassroots creative complex; a work of
functional sculpture that was rooted in Joseph Beuys' Honey
Pump. What Kreisel called the "Money Pump" was designed as a means to circulate
money and creative support back into the community. "It was a capitalistic endeavor to
support the arts by itself—an alternative to the feds and the state and getting grants."
("Marc: My Words" L.A. Weekly, July 5, 1985)
19.7 Linear Feet
(14 document boxes, 5 shoe boxes, 5 flat oversize boxes, 3 half
document boxes, 2 no compromise boxes, 1 slide box, 1 flat box, 1 oversize disparate box
and 1 map folder)
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Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is
the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the
copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not
hold the copyright.
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