Gift Box for John Cage: Spell Your Name with These Objects

George Maciunas, American, 1931 - 1978

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about 1972

Leather-covered, red velvet-lined box containing fifteen objects (acorn, egg, glass stopper, plastic boxes of seeds, etc.)

Overall: 4 1/8 × 9 3/8 × 2 1/8 in. (10.5 × 23.8 × 5.4 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of John Cage

GM.978.204.2

Geography

Place Made: United States, North America

Period

20th century

Object Name

Fluxus

Research Area

Fluxus

Not on view

Inscriptions

Typed, on blue card in box: JOHN CAGE / spell your name / with these objects / Greetings from / George Maciunas

Course History

FILM 3.01, Digital Arts and Culture, John Bell, Winter 2020

Exhibition History

"Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life" Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, April 16-August 7, 2011; Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York, New York, September 9-December 3, 2011; University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, Michigan, February 25-May 20 2012, check list number 113.

20th Century Art, Harrington Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, March 19-May 29, 1988.

A Tribute to George Maciunas (1931-1978), Beaumont-May Galleries, Hopkins Center Art Galleries, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, November 22, 1978-January 14, 1979.

Acquisitions 1974-1978, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College Museum and Galleries, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, December 8, 1978-January 21, 1979.

Artist as Object/Subject, Harrington Gallery Teaching Exhibition, Art History 2, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, December 18, 1999-March 12, 2000.

Fluxibit, Harrington Gallery Teaching Exhibition, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, April 4-May 10, 1992.

Fluxus 25 Years, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Massachusetts, November 7, 1987-January 3, 1988.

Fluxus: A Conceptual Country, Madison Art Center, Madison, Wisconsin, December 5, 1992-January 31, 1993; The University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City, Iowa, March 27-May 23, 1993; Institute for Cinema and Culture, February 19-21, 1993; Mary and Leigh Block Gallery, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, September 23-December 5, 1993.

Sculpture and Sculptor's Drawings, Harrington Gallery Teaching Exhibition, SArt 16,21, and 73, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, September 20-October 7, 1996.

Second Stage of Modernism: Art from 1945 to the present, William B. Jaffe, Evelyn A. Jaffe Hall, Churchill P. Lathrop, Friends and Owen Robertson Cheatham Galleries, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, June 6-August 16, 1987.

Surrealist Works from the Permanent Collection, Harrington Gallery Teaching Exhibition, MALS, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, July 20-September 1, 2002.

The Object World, Harrington Gallery Teaching Exhibition, ARTH2, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, February 5-March 15, 2015.

Publication History

Estera Milman, Fluxus: A Conceptual Country, Visible Language, Volume 26, number 1/2, Providence, Rhode Island: Rhode Island School of Design, 1992, ill. p. 58.

Dick Higgins, Fluxus 25 Years, Williamstown, Massachusetts: President and Trustees of Williams College, 1987.

Acquisitions 1974-1978, Hanover, New Hampshire: Trustees of Dartmouth College, 1979, p. 85.

Brian P. Kennedy and Emily Shubert Burke, Modern and Contemporary Art at Dartmouth: Highlights from the Hood Museum of Art, Hanover: Trustees of Dartmouth College, 2009 p.139, no.110.

Jacquelynn Baas, Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life, Hanover, New Hampshire: Trustees of Dartmouth College, 2011, pp. 79-82, ill. p. 81, p. 128, checklist no. 113.

Provenance

John Cage, New York; given to the George Maciunas Memorial Collection. 1978.

Catalogue Raisonne

J. Hendricks, Fluxus Codex, New York, 1988, p. 395-396, no. 271.

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