Tag Archives: Happenings

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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Cedar Tavern

“The Cedar Tavern (or Cedar Street Tavern) was a bar and restaurant at the eastern edge of Greenwich Village, New York City. In its heyday, known as a gathering place for avant garde writers and artists, it was located at … Continue reading

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Guerrilla theatre

Below are Sketch for a Tragic One-Act Opera, by Robert Moran, and El Pozo, by Graciela Castillo. “Guerrilla theatre generally rendered ‘guerrilla theater’ in the US, is a form of guerrilla communication originated in 1965 by the San Francisco Mime … Continue reading

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Decolonizing society: the legacy of 1968

Student protesters in Paris, May ’68. “In 1964, students at the University of California at Berkeley staged a sit-in at Sproul Hall to protest campus restrictions on political activism. Shouting through his bullhorn, Mario Savio, the leader of the Free … Continue reading

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Situationist International Anthology

“Preface to the Situationist International Anthology. In 1957 a few European avant-garde groups came together to form the Situationist International. Over the next decade the SI developed an increasingly incisive and coherent critique of modern society and of its bureaucratic … Continue reading

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USCO

Gerd Stern, NO OW NOW, USCO Two Mantras, 1966-70 “USCO was an American media art collective in the 1960s, founded by Gerd Stern, Michael Callahan, and Steve Durkee in New York. USCO, an acronym for Us Company or the Company … Continue reading

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Presence at the Creation

Al Giese’s contact sheet of, from left, Deborah Hay, Lucinda Childs, and Yvonne Rainer, New York, March 3, 1965. “The grammar of it all is nearly impossible to parse, slippery in the mind and unwieldy in the mouth. Questions—though not … Continue reading

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