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April 08, 2006

R.I.P. Allan Kaprow

I see from a post over at boingboing that Allan Kaprow, the creator of the genre of performance art known as "happenings" has passed away at age 78.

It's easy to dismiss happenings as just another quirky pop item from the 60s, but that misses the importance of Kaprow's concept of holding art events at unexpected times in unexpected places, while bluring the lines between participant and audience.

Today's flash mobs are direct descendents of Kaprow's happenings.

There's an AP obit of Allan Kaprow here.

Posted by Chris Spurgeon at April 8, 2006 03:20 AM

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