Higgins was a participant observer of outrageous innovations in art, music, poetry, performance, and independent publishing for decades beginning in the 1960s.
Pace Gallery has mounted a world class mini-museum show on the art of the Happening using its vast holdings as well as supplemental gleanings loaned from the Whitney, MOMA and Getty museums.
Nightboat Books is, according to its website, “a nonprofit publishing company dedicated to printing original books of poetry and prose, and bringing out-of-print treasures back to life.” Bern Porter’s Found Poems, a collection previously published in 1972 by Dick Higgins’ Something Else Press, is surely one of those treasures, and we are fortunate now to have easy access to such a singular text.
Tuesday night, I ventured to St. Mark’s Bookshop to see pioneering feminist artist Carolee Schneemann read from her recent book of letters. Schneemann entered the crowded wearing her infamous devil mask.