Explore the Era

Delve into the postwar Los Angeles art world in this online archive, which provides additional material related to the exhibitions on view at the Getty Center. Learn about hipsters and happenings, and the venues across the city where all the action took place through images from the archives and first-hand accounts with the artists.

Allan Kaprow

From the Archive

Allan Kaprow at the Entr’Acte Happening at CalArts, 1972. The Getty Research Institute, Allan Kaprow Papers, 980063. Courtesy Allan Kaprow Estate

Allan Kaprow (1927–2006) was born in Arizona. He studied with artist Hans Hofmann and art historian Meyer Shapiro, and initially worked as a painter. Beginning in the late 1950s, he developed the happenings and environments for which he is best known, including Fluids (1967). In 1969, he became associate dean and professor at CalArts, where he remained for five years, before joining the faculty of the art department at University of California, San Diego.

Works of Art

  • Entr’Acte Happening at CalArts

    Entr’Acte Happening at CalArts, 1972, Allan Kaprow. Courtesy Allan Kaprow Estate

Explore the Archive

  • Video: Barbara T. Smith on art schools

    Video: Learn more about the region’s network of art schools with artist Barbara T. Smith