PRINT October 1965


Michael Kirby’s Happenings: An Illustrated Anthology

Michael Kirby, Happenings: An Illustrated Anthology (New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc.),1965.

SOME PORTION OF THE HAPPENINGS, which flourished as a vital movement in New York between 1959 and 1962, has been preserved in a documentary book by Michael Kirby. The major part of the book is devoted to statements, scripts and descriptions of the productions by the five artists represented: Jim Dine, Red Grooms, Allan Kaprow, Claes Oldenburg and Robert Whitman. Altogether, thirteen Happenings are described in detail and amply illustrated with photographs. Kirby wrote all the descriptions after what must have been a number of grueling interviews with artists and performers to obtain not only the facts of the performances (including minutiae of objects, materials, costumes, action and audience involvement) but the originating circumstances of each production as well. The descriptions do not make

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