Happening

   or happening
   Happenings were loosely structured theatrical pieces from the mid-1950s through the mid-1960s, which shared qualities of unexpectedness (a large margin for improvisation), variety of means, and chaos, with the reactions of the audience potentially influencing the action under way. Although there are elements of theatricality involved in happenings, they took place without traditionally theatrical participants or environments, and resulted from an evolution in modernist art in which the outside edges of the work are blurred, broken, or nonexistent. This trend sprang from artists' reaching for the means of establishing more direct relationships between artist and audience, and between art and life, simultaneous with their rejection of the market's control of art. A happening might take a political or sociological direction, but it could also take a poetic or playful one. Other terms referring to a happening might make it more of an event, a concert, a performance, or an action.

Glossary of Art Terms. 2014.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • HAPPENING — Quels que soient les phénomènes de réaction et de rejet (surréalisme imagier, conflits entre le réalisme et l’expressionnisme ou entre diverses formes d’abstraction, etc.) qui ont pu, à un moment ou l’autre, retarder le surgissement d’un art du… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Happening — (de la palabra inglesa que significa evento, ocurrencia, suceso). Manifestación artística, frecuentemente multidisciplinaria, surgida en los 1950 caracterizada por la participación de los espectadores. Los happenings integran el conjunto del… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Happening — Sn (eine Art Kunstveranstaltung) per. Wortschatz fach. (20. Jh.) Entlehnung. 1959 führte der amerikanische Aktionskünstler Allan Kaprow eine Veranstaltung 18 Happenings in 6 parts auf, mit der er eine neue Form der Aktionskunst einführte, eben… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • happening — s.n. Spectacol spontan, improvizat. [pr.: hép(ă)ning] – cuv. engl. Trimis de gall, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DEX 98  happening, happeninguri s.n. (pub.) spectacol improvizat (Notă: Definiţia este preluată din Dicţionar de argou al limbii române,… …   Dicționar Român

  • *happening — ● happening nom masculin (anglais happening, événement) Forme de spectacle qui suppose la participation des spectateurs et qui cherche à faire atteindre à ceux ci un moment d entière liberté et de création artistique spontanée. Apparition… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • happening — n. 1. something that happens; an occurrence; an event. Syn: occurrence, natural event. [WordNet 1.5] 2. Specifically: An event that is particularly interesting, noteworthy, or important. [PJC] 3. An artistic or entertainment event that is… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • happening — I noun action, affair, casus, chance event, course of events, development, episode, event, experience, incident, matter, occasion, occurrence, phenomenon, proceeding, transpiration, unfolding associated concepts: unforeseen happening II index… …   Law dictionary

  • Happening — Happening(englausgesprochen)n 1.Keller Partyo.ä.Fußtaufengl»happening=Ereignis«undmeintvorallemdiemitungewöhnlichenMittelnundEinfällengestalteteFestlichkeito.ä.Halbw1960ff. 2.Schulfeier.1960ff,schül. 3.bedeutendesEreignis.Halbw1960ff.… …   Wörterbuch der deutschen Umgangssprache

  • happening — / hæpəniŋ/, it. / ɛp:(e)ning/ s. ingl. [der. di (to ) happen accadere, capitare ; propr. avvenimento ], usato in ital. al masch. (artist.) [forma di espressione teatrale, musicale, ecc., basata sull improvvisazione dell azione e sul… …   Enciclopedia Italiana

  • happening — (n.) mid 15c., chance, luck, from prp. of HAPPEN (Cf. happen); meaning occurrence is 1550s. Sense of spontaneous event or display is from 1959 in the argot of artists. Happenings events was noted by Fowler as a vogue word from c.1905 …   Etymology dictionary

  • happening — /ˈɛppenin(g), &appenin(g), ingl. ˈhæp(J)nI)/ [vc. ingl., letteralmente «avvenimento», dal v. to happen «accadere, avvenire»] s. m. inv. avvenimento, evento □ manifestazione, spettacolo □ performance (ingl.) …   Sinonimi e Contrari. Terza edizione

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.