Alan Moore, c. 1974

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Alan Moore sweeping the floor, 1974
Alan Moore standing next to make shift desk, 1974
Alan Moore standing next to garbage on the sidewalk, 1974
Alan Moore drinking coffee, 1974
Alan Moore on the typewriter, 1974
Alan Moore on the phone eating an apple, 1974
Alan Moore eating eggs, 1974
Alan Moore reading a book on Greenwich Village bohemians, 1974
Alan Moore watching Goldiggers on TV, 1974

Alan Moore arrived at 98 Bowery courtesy of Shirley Hopps, our former art history teacher at the University of California at Riverside. The well-connected Shirley (wife of legendary Pasadena Museum curator Walter Hopps) had gotten Alan an internship at ArtForum, which along with its editor John Coplans had just moved to New York from Los Angeles. Alan was friends with Mike Malloy and soon replaced him in the cubicle Mike built in the back of the loft. Alan advanced quickly, writing articles for ArtForum, and organizing an exhibition and catalogue on the multiples of Joseph Beuys for the gallery at UCR. It was easy to like Alan with his large innocent look, shy, deferential manner, sharp mind and unflagging idealism. He soon joined forces with Walter Robinson (then Mike Robinson) and Edit deAk at Art-Rite Magazine, and began hanging out with the young artists who later formed the core of the artist group Collaborative Projects Inc (Colab). Mixing writing, art making, curating, publishing and art administration, Alan was a lot like me, and over the years we shared many enthusiasms and frequently collaborated, most memorably on a book on ABC No Rio, an alternative art space on the Lower East Side that Alan helped start.