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U.S. and Europe, 1959

The term Happening was coined by New York artist Allan Kaprow in 1959 as a name for the antinarrative theatrical pieces that he and such artists as Jim Dine, Red Grooms, Dick Higgins, Claes Oldenburg, and Robert Whitman staged in studios, galleries, and offbeat locations, usually with direct audience involvement.