Action Exhibition in the Merry-Go-Round Building at the Santa Monica Pier
Action was an exhibition that opened on May 18, 1955, in the merry-go-round building on the Santa Monica pier. It was conceived by ambitious young curator Walter Hopps, who was motivated by what he perceived as a widespread failure to recognize work being made on the West Coast. Action featured a number of large-scale abstract paintings by artists working in California, including Craig Kauffman, Jay DeFeo, and Sonia Gechtoff. Atypical by design, Action pointed both to the lack of opportunities available to artists in Los Angeles in the mid-1950s and to the creative solutions that such restrictions could bring about.