Retirement Bash

Retirement Bash was a performance project created through a collaboration between Elana Mann and Culver City High School Art Students from the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts (AVPA).

This video documents the project "Retirement Bash" with excerpts from performances by Culver City High School Academy of Visual and Performing Arts students.


Mann and the Culver City High School Art Students from the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts (AVPA) developed Retirement Bash during a five-week workshop, which included learning about performance art, community outreach, and in-class experiments. At the end of the workshop, the students and Mann presented a three-hour interactive event, where each student performed an original artwork. During the Retirement Bash performance, outdated sayings, symbols, images, and mottoes were performatively “retired” by the students, while new sayings and ideas were introduced.

Irum Ahmed and Neha Ahmed, Purfekshon/ Perfection - 45 minutes (photo credit: Vivian Babuts)
Irum Ahmed and Neha Ahmed, Purfekshon/ Perfection - 45 minutes (photo credit: Vivian Babuts)
Lara Evans, Taste the Rainbow - 30 minutes (photo credit: Vivian Babuts)
Lara Evans, Taste the Rainbow - 30 minutes (photo credit: Vivian Babuts)
Victor Delgado-Lopez, Cosmetic Plague - 1 minute (photo credit: Vivian Babuts)
Victor Delgado-Lopez, Cosmetic Plague - 1 minute (photo credit: Vivian Babuts)
Slaveya Minkova, Slaveya Minkova ISO - 1 ½ hours (photo credit: Vivian Babuts)
Slaveya Minkova, Slaveya Minkova ISO - 1 ½ hours (photo credit: Vivian Babuts)