PERFORMANCE ART
A type of art which began in the 1960's (although the Dadaists had some event-oriented artworks in the early part of the 20th century), which consists of events, or performances, presented as art. Sometimes many artists (and others) are involved; sometimes it is performed by a single artist. In the 1960's, Robert Rauschenberg and others were involved in 'happenings,' a similar endeavor, where, for instance, someone would be riding a bicycle around and through the performance area, another person would be reciting a prose poem, music might be playing, lights and images projected onto the walls, etc. Performance art can sometimes be taken to extremes, as when, in the 1990's, an artist shot himself as part of his performance piece.
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