Category Archives: Happenings

Running in sneakers, the Judson Dance Theater

Yvonne Rainer, We Shall Run, 1963 performed March 7, 1965 at the Wadsworth Atheneum “Twelve performers stand still onstage. A minute passes, then another. You sit there watching, waiting for the dancing to begin. After what feels like an interminable … Continue reading

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FLATWARE: Alex Kitnick on In Memory of My Feelings—Frank O’Hara, 1961

Jasper Johns, In Memory of My Feelings—Frank O’Hara, 1961, oil on canvas with objects, two panels, overall 40 × 59 3⁄4″. “I always assumed that Jasper Johns painted In Memory of My Feelings—Frank O’Hara, 1961, to memorialize the poet whose … Continue reading

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An Introduction to E.A.T. – Engineers, the Avant-Garde and a Tennis Court

Set of Documentation of the Workings of Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) between 1966 and 1968 “On March 18th, 1960, a sculpture on the roof of New York’s Museum of Modern Art began to destroy itself. Engines attached to … Continue reading

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Edie Sedgwick: The life and death of the Sixties star

Factory Girl Edie Sedgwick Painting, Dane Shue “‘Her fog, her amphetamine, and her pearls…’ With three nouns, in ‘Just Like a Woman’ (said to have been inspired by her), Bob Dylan deftly summed up his friend Edie Sedgwick, the wayward … Continue reading

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Greenwich Village Theater in the 1960s

“… In the 1950s, the West Village and, later, the newly designated, edgier East Village (rebranded from the northern part of the Lower East Side around 1964) became the cradle of New York’s Beat generation, with its new, raw, and … Continue reading

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Oz

“Oz was an independently published, alternative/underground magazine associated with the international counterculture of the 1960s. While it was first published in Sydney in 1963, a parallel version of Oz was published in London from 1967. The Australian magazine was published … Continue reading

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Sylvère Lotringer (1938 – 2021)

“Sylvère Lotringer (15 October 1938 – 8 November 2021) was a French born literary critic and cultural theorist. Initially based in New York City, he later lived in Los Angeles and Baja California, Mexico. He is best known for synthesizing … Continue reading

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He’s a poet and the FBI know it: how John Giorno’s Dial-a-Poem alarmed the Feds

‘A poignant expression of the need and loneliness of people’ … John Giorno’s Dial-A-Poem in 1970. “In 1968, the poet and visual artist John Giorno was on the telephone when he was hit with an idea. It came to him … Continue reading

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Broken Circle/Spiral Hill – Robert Smithson (1971)

“Broken Circle/Spiral Hill is an earthwork sculpture by the American artist Robert Smithson. It was created for the 1971 Sonsbeek outdoor sculpture exhibition. The piece is located in Emmen, Netherlands. Broken Circle/Spiral Hill is the sole large-scale earthwork piece created … Continue reading

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Post-painterly abstraction

Morris Louis, Alpha-Phi (1961) “As a rebellion against the gestural and painterly approach of numerous Abstract Expressionists, term post-painterly abstraction was coined to help define the variety of styles which came forth. In 1964, the author of the term, critic … Continue reading

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