Friday, March 9, 2012

What Happened at Those Happenings? Happenings NY: 1958-1963

 “Happenings: New York, 1958-1963," Feb. 10, 2012- March 17, 2012 at The Pace Gallery , at 534 West 25th Street in Chelsea.

 On Oct. 4, 1959, in New York City the first Happening took place. it happened at Reuben Gallery in the East Village and paved the way for artist performance art. This first Happening was put on by Allan Kaprow titled “18 Happenings in 6 Parts.” "Within months other artists were mounting their own performances too, including Claes Oldenburg, Jim Dine, Robert Whitman, and Red Grooms. The scene flamed out almost as quickly as it had begun, but not before prompting a radical reassessment of the boundary between art and life."

On view are 360 photographs that attempt to just figure out what a Happening was, as even art historians were perplexed by the term. The photographs were taken by photographer was Robert R. McElroy, friend of one of the participants, Jim Dine. Read the entire article on the New York Times site. The catalog for the show, Happenings, 1958-1963 by Mildred Gilmcher, will be purchased for the Arts book collection.

There is also a very good article in the February issue of ARTFORUM on page 53.

Books on Art Happenings owned in the Central Library Arts Division:

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