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Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life

April 16 through August 7, 2011

This traveling exhibition and publication are 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 installation is designed to encourage experiential encounters for the visitor. The 1960s–70s phenomenon that was Fluxus resists characterization as an art movement, collective, or group, and it further defies traditional geographical, chronological, and medium-based approaches. The fundamental question—“What’s Fluxus good for?”—in fact has important implications for the role of art today. The function of Fluxus artworks is to help us practice life; what we “learn” from Fluxus is how to be ourselves.

Organized by the Hood Museum of Art and 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.

Press release 

Read more on Fluxus: Free download of The Fluxus Reader, ed. Ken Friedman 

Read Pulitzer Prize–winner Sebastian Smee's review of Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life. See also Smee's accompanying video for the review.

Read Artforum's review of Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life, featured in their "Critics' Picks" section, which selects a limited number of exhibitions to review worldwide.

Read Artnet.com's review of Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life by Michèle C. Cone.

Watch the You Tube video made on July 21, 2011, of Alison Knowles, one of the founding members of Fluxus, and students from Dartmouth's Theater Department performing Fluxus scores during the Hood event titled "Appetizers and a Salad." The students performed their own event scores, which were created during Knowles's one-week residency, and her 1962 event score "Make a Salad."

Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life at the Grey Art Gallery at New York University (through December 3, 2011): read artdaily.org's review of the show in Manhattan.

Exhibition Publication

flux

Available through the museum shop.

Exhibition Slideshow

Click here to see a Flickr slideshow of exhibition-related events and installation photographs.

Exhibition Panoramas

Click here to view gallery panoramas of Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life.

Related Events 

14 April, Thursday, 5:30 P.M.
MEMBER SNEAK PREVIEW
Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life

With guest curator and founding Hood director Jacquelynn Baas. Champagne reception to follow. Open to investor-level members and above.

28 April, Thursday, 6:00 P.M.
CONCERT
Second-floor galleries
Dartmouth Goes Flux

“A Celebration of Music at Dartmouth” opens with a Flux concert by Dartmouth digital music students, who will premiere new works in response to Fluxus. The ASCAP Award–winning Voxare String Quartet will also perform music by Dartmouth composers and others.

6 May, Friday, 4:30 P.M.
Arthur M. Loew Auditorium
OPENING LECTURE AND RECEPTION
Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life
Exhibition curator Jacquelynn Baas, emeritus director of the University of California Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. She served as chief curator and then founding director of the Hood Museum of Art from 1982 until 1989. A reception will follow in Kim Gallery.

7 May, Saturday, 2:00 P.M.
TOUR
Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life

17 May, Tuesday, 12:30 P.M.
LUNCHTIME GALLERY TALK
Flux Dartmouth: Adventures in (Muse)ology
Mary Coffey, Associate Professor of Art History, Dartmouth College

18 May, Wednesday, 6:30–8:00 P.M.
ADULT WORKSHOP
What Is Fluxus? Learning to Look at Avant-Garde Works of Art
Explore the work of Fluxus, an art movement of the 1960s and 1970s, in this interactive, discussion-based workshop. You’ll learn techniques for understanding and appreciating any work of art you encounter. Participation is limited. Please call (603) 646-1469 by May 16 to register.

4 June, Saturday, 2:00 P.M.
TOUR
Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life

9 July, Saturday, 2:00 P.M.

TOUR

Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life

21 July, Thursday, 4:00 P.M.
SPECIAL EVENT Read the Review in the Dartmouth
Flux Performance
Novack Cafe, Baker-Berry Library
Alison Knowles, one of the founding members of Fluxus, will perform her 1962 event score Make a Salad in collaboration with students in Dartmouth's Theater Studies Program.

26 July, Tuesday, 12:30 P.M.
LUNCHTIME GALLERY TALK

Critical Play: Fluxus and the Art of Interaction


Second-floor galleries

Mary Flanagan, Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor in Digital Humanities, Dartmouth College

2 August, Tuesday, 12:30 P.M.
LUNCHTIME GALLERY TALK
Adventures in Fluxland


Second-floor galleries

Juliette Bianco, Acting Associate Director, will discuss Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life

Last Updated: 10/30/12