Robert Rauschenberg (American, Port Arthur, Texas 1925–2008 Captiva Island, Florida)
Jasper Johns (American, born Augusta, Georgia, 1930)
Allan Kaprow (American, Atlantic City, New Jersey 1927–2006 Encinitas, California)
Oil on unbleached cotton muslin
56 1/4 × 49 7/8 in. (142.9 × 126.7 cm)
Gift of Lucas Samaras, 2014
Not on view
Samaras participated in many of the most important Happenings, radical theatrical events produced by artists such as Allan Kaprow, Robert Whitman, and Claes Oldenburg. He performed in Kaprow’s best-known Happening, 18 Happenings in 6 Parts, which took place at the Reuben Gallery in New York’s East Village and included Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg. Following Kaprow’s instructions, Johns painted one side of the cloth with stripes, and Rauschenberg covered the opposite side in circles, using a can dipped in paint. Samaras, who rescued this ephemeral work, later recalled, "Being in a Happening was like being in something that had never existed before."
Lucas Samaras, New York (1959–2014; his gift to MMA)
New York. Reuben Gallery. "Allan Kaprow: 18 Happenings in 6 Parts," October 4, 6–10, 1959, no catalogue.
New York. Pace Gallery. "Happenings: New York, 1958–1963," February 10–March 17, 2012, no catalogue.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Lucas Samaras: Offerings from a Restless Soul," February 24–September 7, 2014, no catalogue.
Carol Kino. "What Happened At Those Happenings?" New York Times (February 5, 2012), p. AR30, describes "18 Happenings in 6 Parts".
Rachel Wolff. "Art: How Happenings Happened: Lucas Samaras Revisits the First Days of Performance Art." New York (February 5, 2012), p. 56.
Katie Kitamura. "Happenings: New York, 1958-1963." Art Monthly no. 355 (April 2012), pp. 19-20, review of Exh. New York 2012.
Barry Schwabsky. "'Happenings: New York, 1958-1963' Pace Gallery." Artforum 50 (May 2012), pp. 305–6, review of Exh. New York 2012.
Harry J. Weil. "Happenings: New York, 1958–1963." Art Papers 36 (May-June 2012), p. 51, review of Exh. New York 2012.