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Feb 8, 2018 at 7:00 pm

Happenings in Three Parts


Please join us for the opening reception of “Happenings in Three Parts.” The exhibition includes video documentation and accounts of Allan Kaprow’s participatory art events known as Happenings.

As the inventor of Happenings in the late 1950s, Allan Kaprow has been variously described as an avant-garde revolutionary, a radical sociologist, a Zen(ish) monk, a progressive educator, and an anti-art theorist. But he must also be understood as an artist. While he will forever be associated with the improvisations of the early 1960s, Kaprow’s works have gradually moved from the public, spectacular features of the early Happenings toward a more genuinely participatory art in which the once privileged content of the artist gives way to the personal experience of the participant. As Kaprow, a long-time faculty member at UC San Diego, who died in 2006, once put it, the question underlying his experimental art has been, “How does one eliminate the audience without cancelling the performance?” The answer, he discovered, was to convert the audience into participants through enactment.

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Feb 8, 2018 at 7:00 pm


Visual Arts Gallery at Structural & Materials Engineering Building (SME)

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Registration is not required for this event.

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Nick Lesley    858-822-7755


Faculty, Staff, Students, The General Public

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Visual Arts

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Concerts, Performances and Exhibitions