Zimmerli to mark 50th anniversary of Fluxus
September 22, 2011
Fluxus, the art movement led by George Maciunas and made widely known by Yoko Ono, is returning to its starting place on the campus of Rutgers University. The celebration will be held from Sept. 24 toApril 1.
The exhibit, "at/around/beyond: Fluxus at Rutgers," is at the Zimmerli Art Museum in celebration of Fluxus' 50th-anniversary. From sculptural objects, assemblages, prints, multiples, ephemera and books to films, sound works, photographs and performance documentation, more than 60 works will be assembled at the Zimmerli from the museum's permanent holdings and private collections.
One section of "at/around/beyond" brings together works by themost influential of the Fluxus artists at Rutgers, including Robert Watts, Geoffrey Hendricks and Al Hansen, who were teachers; Larry Miller, 1970 graduate with a Master of FineArts; and George Brecht and Philip Corner, who were each an important presence on the campus.
Watts, who taught at Rutgers for 35 years, is represented by a number of seldom-seen objects on loan from his estate, including a chrome pencil, a pair of Fluxus underwear, and a stamp machine loaded with his own stamps. Other notable objects by the Rutgers artists include Brecht's Water Yam (1963), a box of Brecht's printed instructions known as event-scores, or fluxscores, which could either be performed in public or left to the imagination, and Geoffrey Hendricks'Flux Divorce Box, a wooden box inside which is Hendricks's own wedding album, sliced in half.
The Zimmerli will also present a number of Fluxus films, including 89 movies by
Robert Watts, and the Fluxfilm Anthology, compiled by Maciunas. In the reading room, visitors will be able to peruse Fluxus books like Yoko Ono's "Grapefruit" and editions from the "Great Bear" pamphlet series published by Dick Higgins'Something Else Press.
There are black-and-white prints capturing Yam Festival events such as Kaprow's Tree Happening at George Segal's Farm in North
Brunswick, the legendary Flux-mass at Rutgers in 1970, and Philip Corner's performance of Dick Higgins' "One Thousand Symphonies" (1968), a musical score created with the help of New Jersey police who fired a machine gun into sheets of music paper — the holes they made marked notes of music.
Ahighlight of the exhibition is the presentation of a Fluxus concert led by Fluxus artist
Larry Miller to be performed by a contingent of Rutgers students, 6-7 p.m. Nov. 2 as part of the museum's Art After Hours program. After the concert, visitors will be invited to participate in games of Sound Chess, Fruit and Vegetable Chess, or to play Shiomi's Fluxus
Balance game in the galleries. The Fluxus concert and the events at Art After Hours are free to Rutgers faculty, students and staff, and free to the public with museum admission.
The museum is located at 71 Hamilton St., on the campus of Rutgers University in New
Brunswick. Hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday Friday, and noon-5 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for adults over 65, and free for museum members,
Rutgers students, faculty and staff (with ID), and children under 18.
Visit www.zimmerlimuseum.rutgers.edu or call 732-932-7237, ext. 610, for more information.