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“Happenings: New York, 1958-1963” at the Pace Gallery, New York, photo by Kerry Ryan McFate
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by Barbara Pollack

When the Pace Gallery opened its “Happenings” exhibition earlier this month, the crowd packing the 25th Street gallery space entered a time machine. Industrial tin walls packed chockablock with photographs and artifacts transported viewers back to the Reuben Gallery in the East Village, where Allan Kaprow staged his seminal 18 Happenings in 6 Parts in 1959. Plenty of the artists who participated in the original happenings were on hand -- Red Grooms, Robert Whitman, Carolee Schneemann, Lucas Samaras, Jim Dine -- and Kaprow (who died in 2006) was certainly present as well, if only in spirit.


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