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Sat, Oct 22, 2016, 7:00 PM – Sun, Oct 23, 2016, 3:00 AM CDT
Allan Kaprow first coined the term "happening" in the spring of 1957 at an art picnic at George Segal's farm to describe the art parties that were going on. Happenings are difficult to describe, in part because each one is unique and completely different from one another. The term 'Happening' has been used to describe many performances and events.Happenings abandoned the matrix of story and plot for the equally complex matrix of incident and event. Happenings can be a form of participatory new media art, emphasizing an interaction between the performer and the audience. Everyone present is included in the making of the art and even the form of the art depends on audience engagement, for they are a key factor inwhere the performers' spontaneity leads. happenings have no set rules, only vague guidelines that the performers follow based on surrounding props. Unlike other forms of art, Happenings that allow chance to enter are ever-changing. When chance determines the path the performance will follow, there is no room for failure. The art thrives on an artist's whim, with the comfort of giving their mistakes the benefit of the doubt. The art defines itself by the fact that it is a unique, one-time experience that depends on audience response. It cannot be bought or brought home, which entitles every Happening artist to a sense of privacy.