Examines innovative and avant-garde works in relation to contemporary events, festivals, commissions, the marketplace, and the changing functions of museums.
A study of installation art, from its marginalized beginnings in the late 1950s to its central position in today’s art world.
Surveys the changes in acting and performance during the crucial transition from the ecstatic theatre of the 1960s to the ironic postmodernism of the 1980s.
Derived from exercises contributed to workshops by performers with The Ting: The Theatre of Mistakes. First published published 1976.
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.
A look at the radical, experimental dance presented during the early 1960s at Judson Memorial Church in downtown Manhattan.
Discussion of American avant-garde theatre.