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Lecture: The Artwork in Flux: Multiples, Fluxboxes, and the Transitional Commodity

March 23, 2020
6 pm
Kemper Art Museum

Natilee Harren, assistant professor of Contemporary Art History and Critical Studies at the University of Houston, discusses the international neo-avant-garde collective Fluxus. The group is perhaps best known for its production of game-like kits called Fluxboxes, multiples in unlimited edition that were assembled in countless numbers beginning in the early 1960s.

This talk brings to life the original context of the Fluxboxes vis-à-vis Pop art and the multiples boom of the mid-1960s, reanimating the political and aesthetic stakes of these seemingly inert objects while highlighting the signal contributions of Fluxus affiliates including George Brecht, Robert Filliou, Alison Knowles, George Maciunas, Takako Saito, Mieko Shiomi, and Daniel Spoerri.

Image credit

George Maciunas (American, 1931–1978) Fluxkit, 1966-67. Vinyl attaché case containing objects in various mediums, 11 1/4 x 17 3/8 x 5 3/4 in. Saint Louis Art Museum, Director's Discretionary Fund, Friends Fund, bequest of Helen K. Baer by exchange, the Contemporary Art Society, Donna Moog, Dorothy Moog, Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Knight, and Museum Purchase by exchange. © 2019 George Maciunas Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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