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Allan Kaprow papers, ca. 1940-1997.

Kaprow, Allan.

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  • Title:
    Allan Kaprow papers, ca. 1940-1997.
  • Author/Creator: Kaprow, Allan.
  • Creation Date: ca. 1940-1997.
  • Biographical/Historical Note: Allan Kaprow, the American artist who invented the Happening, has created more than 250 ephemeral works in the course of his career and has also been active as a critic and educator.
  • Arrangement: Organized in 10 series: Series I: Education, 1940-1996; Series II: Hansa Gallery, 1953-1958; Series III: Project Files, 1946-1999; Series IV: Printed Matter, 1952-1997; Series V: Writings, 1953-1997; Series VI: Teaching Files, 1952-1993; Series VII: Professional Correspondence, 1946-1998; Series VIII: Artists' Files, 1955-1996; Series IX: Personal, 1946-1996; Series X: Films and Video and Audio Tapes, 1957-1995; Oversize from Series I-X, 1949-1970.
  • Physical Desc.: 63.5 linear ft. (115 boxes; 16 flat file folders; 2 double oversize tubes).
    2 sound discs of 1 (CD) (120 min.) : digital, mono; 4 3/4 in. use copy..
  • Summary: The Allan Kaprow Papers offer comprehensive documentation of an artistic career that spanned the latter half of the 20th century and continues into the 21st. Arranged chronologically so as to demonstrate the artist's passage from student of art and art history to practicing artist, art theorist and art educator, the collection contains drawings, term papers and notebooks from Kaprow's student days, including a paper on Jackson Pollock and a Master's thesis on Piet Mondrian that he wrote as a student of Meyer Schapiro's, and scores he composed while studying with John Cage. The ca. 250 project files, comprising the complete extant documentation of Kaprow's Environments, Happenings, and Activities, demonstrate the evolution of Kaprow's Happening from a relatively scripted, grand, social event (Chicken; Household) to an austere, inter-subjective experience (Time Pieces; Rates of Exchange). They contain the artist's notes and drafts of his casually poetic scores, along with correspondence and photo-documentation by Peter Moore, Robert McElroy, and Julian Wasser, among other photographers. Files for Activities created between 1970 and 1979 often contain activity booklets, that is, booklets made to look like training manuals that document a piece with photographs and text and may also serve as a score for reinventions. A variety of printed matter, including scrapbooks, clippings and posters, document the work's presentation and reception in the art world. There are also film, video and audio recordings of many Happenings and Activities. Kaprow's writings, arranged chronologically by year, represent the artist's consistent production of articles, essays, books and lectures about the practice of contemporary art and issues in art education. Teaching Files contain correspondence with university officials and colleagues; together with Professional Correspondence they portray the financial difficulties attendant on an unconventional art career that has taken place outside the usual venues and generated few objects that could be sold for profit. Artists' Files contain texts, objects or photographs sent to Kaprow, and evoke the international community of avant-garde artists to which Kaprow belongs.
  • Language: English
  • Form/Genre: Audiotapes
    Motion pictures
    Photographic prints
    Photographs, Original
  • Subjects: Mondrian, Piet, 1872-1944 Pollock, Jackson, 1912-1956 Samaras, Lucas, 1936- Schapiro, Meyer, 1904- Fluxus (Group of artists) Hansa Gallery (New York, N.Y.) Art, American -- 20th century Conceptual art Happenings (Art) Performance art Art -- Study and teaching
  • Contributors: Baecker, Inge. Conz, Francesco, 1935- Donguy, Jacques. Higgins, Dick, 1938-1998. Kirby, Michael, 1931-1997. Knâiézâak, Milan. McElroy, Robert R. Moore, Peter, 1932-1993. Oldenburg, Claes, 1929- Richter, Hans. Schapiro, Meyer, 1904- Schimmel, Paul. Tyler, Richard O. Kantor, Tadeusz, 1915-1990. Wasser, Julian. Antin, David. Celender, Don, 1931- Harrell, John. Lacy, Suzanne. Stewart, Sherry. Vostell, Wolf, 1932-1998.
  • Additional Title: Arts yearbook.; Dumb ox.; Floating bear.; Magazin Kunst.; Performing arts journal.; Scrap.; Zeit Magazin.
  • Collection: Allan Kaprow
  • Collection Note: Allan Kaprow
  • ID/Accession Number: 1525-993
  • Access/Rights: Open for use by qualified researchers. All Video and selected audio are available on-site.
  • OCLC Record Number: 83813824
  • Source: GRI Library Catalog

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