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Calling / Kaprow, Allan; Higgins, Dick., 1967

Identifier: CC-50273-71340

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Scope and Contents

Dick Higgins comments are printed on the verso of the plywood cover. They read "Calling, a Happening by Allan Kaprow performed in and out of New York in the summer of 1965, is one of the landmarks of the form, and its scenario typifies the poetic rictual syle he has developed. This present graphic representation, however, began as an improvision when Kaprow, playing with a set of rubber stamp letters, stamped out each word of the scenario on a separate index card. I continued the game by assembling the cards on the copyboard of a graphic arts camera and shooting themby adding an element of color play. The resulting object os not, however, a final one in any sense. While the original acenario may be read by starting from bottom to top, right hand column to left hand, on the silver, blue, red, yellow, and, finally, brown sheets, there are other stories which the reader is invited to tell, other games for him to play." Kaprow died at age 78 years in San Diego on April 5, 2006 -- Source of annotation: Marvin or Ruth Sackner.


  • Creation: 1967



0 See container summary (5 prints (stiff plastic, silkscreen) in cover (plywood, silkscreen verso) + cover (opaque plexiglass) + strap (cloth)) ; covers & prints 51 x 61 x 2 cm + prints 51 x 54 cm

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Physical Location

1904 portfolios

Custodial History

The Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, on loan from Ruth and Marvin A. Sackner and the Sackner Family Partnership.


Published: New York : Something Else Press. Signed by: Allan Kaprow (b.c.- plywood cover). Nationality of creator: American. General: About 25 total copies. 5 number copy. General: Added by: CONV; updated by: KEELEY.

Repository Details

Part of the The Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry Repository

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