Happenings

Half a century ago, on Oct. 4, 1959, an event took place at the Reuben Gallery in the East Village that changed the course of art history: a performance piece by the artist Allan Kaprow titled “18 Happenings in 6 Parts.” It is now known as the first Happening, a mythical event that knocked painting and sculpture from their previously unassailable perches and paved the way for performance art. 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." Read more

“Half a century ago, on Oct. 4, 1959, an event took place at the Reuben Gallery in the East Village that changed the course of art history: a performance piece by the artist Allan Kaprow titled “18 Happenings in 6 Parts.” It is now known as the first Happening, a mythical event that knocked painting and sculpture from their previously unassailable perches and paved the way for performance art. 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.” Read more

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