Fall 2016 – Spring 2017
Don't just look at art. Grapple with it.

Concrete Happenings has officially concluded. Thank you to all our sponsors, partners, and participants for supporting the return of Concrete Traffic!

Concrete Happenings invited art-lovers and car-lovers, artists and scholars, drivers and pedestrians to confront the power of public art—the strange power of a massive sculpture produced by Fluxus artist Wolf Vostell. In 1970, in Chicago, Vostell encased a Cadillac in concrete. The product of that “happening,” Concrete Traffic, was installed in the University of Chicago Campus North Parking Garage on October 1, 2016. It served as the provocation for a comprehensive suite of exhibitions and interactive public programs—performances, screenings, talks, art workshops, happenings—that offered unique opportunities to engage with a crucial art historical moment and movement, and to explore the intensities with which an artwork can form and transform its publics.

Learn about the conservation of Concrete Traffic (video)


Watch Concrete Traffic's Procession to the University of Chicago (video)

UChicago Partners

UChicago Arts
Department of Art History
Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society
Smart Museum of Art
Special Collections Research Center
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
Institute for Molecular Engineering
Rockefeller Chapel
Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory (3CT)
Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry
Humanities Division
Franke Institute for the Humanities
The College
UChicago Urban
Office of Civic Engagement
Department of Cinema and Media Studies
Department of Germanic Studies
Counter Cinema/Counter Media Project
Film Studies Center
Department of Music

External Partners

The Reva and David Logan Foundation
Contemporary Conservation, New York
The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts
Friends of Heritage Preservation
Ozinga Bros., Inc.
The Wolf Vostell Estate
JP Brown, Conservator
The Swiss Benevolent Society of Chicago
Austrian Cultural Forum New York
Museum of Contemporary Art
Arts Club of Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago
Arcade Brewery
The Poetry Foundation
BING Art Books



The conservation of Concrete Traffic
Concrete Happenings
Concrete Traffic Procession to the University of Chicago