Thea Djordjadze and George Maciunas
With support from Harry Stendhal and George Maciunas Foundation inc
Best known as the founder and central organizer of the international artists’ collective Fluxus from 1962 until his death in 1978, the Lithuanian-born American artist George Maciunas extended art and the role of the artist beyond conventional boundaries. Maciunas produced a dizzying array of objects, performances, plans, posters, charts, atlases, newspapers, and other ephemera that cut across art, art history, world history, architecture, design, typography, musicology, film, editing, publishing, genealogy, systems and organizational thinking, and pedagogy. His innovative graphic design gave Fluxus its unique visual identity. Flux Products were branded as “anti-commodities.” Everything Maciunas did was informed by a philosophy of economy: greatest use-value for the least cost. He loved the simplicity of Vaudeville and the films of Buster Keaton, and wanted Fluxus to have the expulsive power of a good joke. Fluxus works were unpretentious, amusing yet thought provoking, and obtainable by everyone. Ultimately, he believed, aart should be something anyone can do. A small selection of Maciunas’ graphic design, charts, ephemera and films will be presented in and around The Front Room at CAM St. Louis.