POSE

A recreation of a Happening
by Allan Kaprow
(1969/2008)

Kaprow’s description of POSE:

CARRYING CHAIRS THROUGH THE CITY
SITTING DOWN HERE AND THERE
PHOTOGRAPHED
PIX LEFT ON SPOT
GOING ON
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reinvented by
critical mass performance group
thursday, may 29, 2008 • 11am-7pm
from cesar e. chavez avenue @ alameda street to sunset boulevard @ the pacific ocean
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What is a Happening? A game, an adventure, a number of activities
engaged in by participants for the sake of playing.

– Allan Kaprow


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Allan Kaprow (1927–2006) was an American painter, assemblagist and a pioneer in establishing the concepts of performance art. He helped to develop the theory and practice of the "Environment" and "Happening" in the late 1950s and 1960s. Eventually Kaprow shifted his practice into what he called "Activities", intimately-scaled pieces for one or several players and devoted to the examination of everyday behaviors and habits in a way nearly indistinguishable from ordinary life. Fluxus, performance art, and installation art were, in turn, influenced by his work. (Wikipedia)

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Happenings coordinated by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and made possible by generous support from the Getty Foundation. Allen Kaprow-Art as Life is organized by the Haus der Kunst, Munich, and the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven. The exhibition is on view at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA from March 23 to June 30, 2008. www.moca.org/kaprow