M.C. Richards, floor plan of John Cage’s Theater Piece No. 1 (1952), drawn for William Fetterman in 1989.
Students develop a set of actions inspired by their own experimental artistic community.
Declared the first Happening and later named Theater Piece No. 1, an unnamed performance took place in August 1952 at Black Mountain College that would become one of the most famous events in the college’s history. The ICA has invited five Boston-based artists to reimagine Theater Piece No. 1 by proposing a series of actions that will take place in the ICA galleries and throughout the museum.
In Performance Art Workshop, Kelly Nipper invites her MIT class to develop a set of actions inspired by their own experimental artistic community, with its unique rituals, missions, ethics, and aesthetics.
Kelly Nipper is an artist who works in photography, video, installation, and performance; she is currently a lecturer in the Art, Culture and Technology program in the School of Architecture and Planning at MIT.