© Estate of Allan Kaprow
August, 1965
Score for Calling
Allan Kaprow, American, 1927–2006
Allan Kaprow, American, 1927–2006

Score for Calling, August, 1965

Ink on paper
27.9 x 21.6 cm. (11 x 8 1/2 in.)
The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, California
Calling is one of several Happenings by Kaprow that feature the automobile as both prop and protagonist. When it was staged in August 1965, the action was split across two locations: New York City and George Segal's farm in South Brunswick, where Kaprow sited two other Happenings. Participants fell into two groups: victims and perpetrators. Throughout the first half of Calling, Kaprow’s victims are abducted several times, subjected to a myriad of indignities, and relocated to landmarks around New York via car. Upon liberating themselves, these "human packages" call predetermined telephone numbers, triggering a pause in the narrative followed by a displacement to the New Jersey countryside. Here, a reversal of fortune occurs: the former tormentors are stripped naked by their victims and abandoned in the woods. In Kaprow's hands, a loss of geographic certainty simultaneously occasions and symbolizes a corresponding loss of ethical direction.

Betwixt and Between