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McElroy (Robert R.) Photographs of Happenings and Early Performance Art
2014.M.7  
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Description
Robert R. McElroy's photographs document performance art and exhibitions by New York artists that took place during the late-1950s to the mid-1960s. Included are prints, contact sheets, negatives, and slides. The collection features photographs of works by Jim Dine, Allan Kaprow, Claes Oldenburg, and Robert Whitman.
Background
Robert R. McElroy was an American photographer who documented happenings and performances in New York during the late-1950s through the mid-1960s by artists including Jim Dine, Allan Kaprow, Claes Oldenburg, and Robert Whitman. Their works developed a new genre of art that was meant to be fleeting and ephemeral, but by capturing these early performance pieces through his lens McElroy provides a glimpse into the development of this art form.
Extent
34 Linear Feet (72 boxes, 1 flatfile folder)
Restrictions
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Availability
Open for use by qualified researchers, except audiovisual materials which are unavailable until reformatted.