I PROBABLY MET BOB AROUND 1957. I remember taking him to see Red Grooms’s piece called The Burning Building [1959]. I knew him well enough to say, “I want you to see this thing.” He loved it.

During the performance days, when Bob was doing work like Pelican [1963], we saw a lot of each other. We were neighbors; at that time, I was downtown on Grand Street, and he was on Broadway, I think. I always liked the challenge of his performances—I found them challenging to me personally. I like the idea of seeing something that I can’t imagine myself. Bob, Claes Oldenburg, and I once each did a piece as a fund-raiser for the [Film-Makers’] Cinematheque [1965]. The people who were participating were incredibly generous. That was a feature of the times. And I think Bob set an example—he was able to help out and support the people who participated with him.

This all leads up to the 9 Evenings [1966]

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