Who invented the miniskirt?
What avant-garde artist made a film of 200 human behinds?
Why is a themepark a work of art?
Who turned a urinal upside down, mounted it to a board, and submitted it to an art exhibit, signed "R. Mutt"?
Our era is one of nearly constant innovation and change. The new is constantly pushing aside the old; and the once unimaginable-even the once ridiculed-is now commonplace. A Dictionary of the Avant-Gardes recognizes that change is a driving force in all the arts. It covers major trends in music, dance, theater, film, visual art, sculpture, and performance art--as well as architecture, science, and culture. Entries are divided between important individuals and trends and movements. Each entry includes a complete bibliography, discography, and videography; works list; and appropriate web links. The book is richly illustrated with original art works and an 8-page color insert. For anyone with an interest in "what's new," this work is a treasure trove of exploration and discovery.