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Fluxus: To George With Love, From the Personal Collection of Jonas Mekas

Maya Stendhal
545 West 20th Street, 212-366-1549
February 16 - March 31, 2006
Reception: Saturday, March 11, 6 - 9 PM
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Curator Jonas Mekas is the founder and artistic director of Anthology Film Archives. He was a longtime friend and collaborator of George Maciunas, founder and “chairman” of Fluxus.

Maciunas coined the term “Fluxus” in 1961 from a Latin etymological root meaning “flow,” in order to describe a movement with origins in Futurist performance, Dada, silent film, comedy, vaudeville, and gaming. Fluxus set out to question time-worn notions of authorship and value, and challenge ostensibly firm distinctions between artistic genres. Influenced by the work of John Cage and Marcel Duchamp, the Fluxus group shifted the emphasis from what an artist makes to the artist’s personality, actions and opinions. Key to Maciunas’ vision was the participation of artists who shared his interdisciplinary interests. Maciunas often anonymously funded, produced, and archived Fluxus projects, aiming to-and succeeding in-launching an underground, ongoing, international, and interdisciplinary anti-art movement.

This exhibition of works from Jonas Mekas’ personal collection presents original artworks by Maciunas, as well as other artists, including Nam June Paik, George Brecht, John Hendricks and Ben Vautier Ay-O, Bob Watts and Yoko Ono. Wide-ranging in scope, the pieces displayed include examples of 1960s graphic design and typography, architectural design concepts, and performance relics. Films and black & white Flux slides will be projected within the gallery.
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