The emergence of contemporary art, engaging widely with other disciplines, as a platform for exploring animal nature.
Rodenbeck offers a rigorous art historical reading of Kaprow's project and related artworks. She finds that these experiential and experimental works offered not a happy communalism but a strong and canny critique of contemporary sociality. Happenings, she argues, were far more ambivalent, negative, and even creepy than they have been portrayed, either in contemporaneous accounts or in more recent efforts to connect them to contemporary art's participatory strategies.
Recording of the live 1979 performance at the Kintchen, New York.
Special issue with contributions that consider relationships between affirmation and performance.