Grey Art Gallery, New York University, in Fall 2011
University of Michigan Museum of Art in Spring 2012.
The 1960s-70s phenomenon that was Fluxus resists characterization as an art movement, collective, or group, and defies traditional geographical, chronological, and medium-based approaches. The function of Fluxus artworks is to help us practice life; what we “learn” from Fluxus is how to be ourselves. Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life is drawn from the Hood Museum of Art’s George Maciunas Memorial Collection of works by Fluxus artists, enriched with loans from the Museum of Modern Art, Harvard University, and the Walker Art Center. Intended to provide a fresh assessment of Fluxus, the exhibition is designed to encourage experiential encounter. Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life is curated by former Hood Director Jacquelynn Baas. The exhibition travels to the Grey Art Gallery, New York University, in Fall 2011 and to the University of Michigan Museum of Art in Spring 2012. The accompanying fully illustrated catalogue, co-published with the University of Chicago Press, includes essays by Baas, Hannah Higgins, Jacob Proctor, and Ken Friedman.
Generously supported by Constance and Walter Burke, Class of 1944, the Ray Winfield Smith 1918 Fund, and the Marie-Louise and Samuel R. Rosenthal fund.