Category Archives: Happenings

The First Contact Sheet of the Counterculture

“It was a typical Village Voice front page from 1967: Over the left two columns, a street portrait of the ‘dean of American pacifists,’ A.J. Muste; over the right two, an action shot of police arresting Charlotte Moorman, the Juilliard-trained … Continue reading

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Bread and Puppet Theater in Gotham

Uncle Fatso, Bread and Puppet Museum, Glover Vermont “On May 15, 1962, in New York City’s Judson Memorial Church, an audience assembled to see Peter Schumann’s first production in the United States, Totentanz, The Dance of Death. Schumann, a German immigrant … Continue reading

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Vietnam, Through the Eyes of Artists – Holland Cotter

A detail of Leon Golub’s “Vietnam II” (1973), at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. “Whatever happened to ‘protest art’ — issue-specific, say-no-to-power-and-say-it-loud art? Here we are, embroiled, as a nation, in what many in the art world regard as a … Continue reading

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CoEvolution Quarterly

“… CoEvolution Quarterly had a profound influence on me from its inception in spring 1974 through to the end of its storied run, ten years later. CQ was the brain-child of Stewart Brand and a band of highly educated, counter-culture … Continue reading

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Look Mickey! – Roy Lichtenstein (1961)

“Look Mickey (also known as Look Mickey!) is a 1961 oil on canvas painting by Roy Lichtenstein. Widely regarded as the bridge between his abstract expressionism and pop art works, it is notable for its ironic humor and aesthetic value … Continue reading

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Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done

“For a brief period in the early 1960s, a group of choreographers, visual artists, composers, and filmmakers gathered in Judson Memorial Church, a socially engaged Protestant congregation in New York’s Greenwich Village, for a series of workshops that ultimately redefined … Continue reading

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A Radical Artist’s Journey from Fluxus to Full-On Commercialism

Total Art Match-Box c. 1965 “Perhaps the egotism that claims life-as-art has always existed, but until provocateur Ben Vautier (best known by his first name) and others in the 20th century made a hard point of this theoretical position, it had … Continue reading

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