Artists, dancers, composers, and writers have long collaborated in joining ideas, practices, and elements. In the 1960s, a formidable group of artists were merging aesthetics while championing concepts of chance, impermanence, and the banal; blurring life and art. They celebrated all that was ordinary—primal even—and favored an open form process. It was from these mechanisms that new methods of approaching choreography and composing music, writing, and presenting poetry and artwork emerged.
What the FLUXUS? is a two-part exhibition celebrating the visual, literary, and performing artists that traversed an internationally critical period in a way that challenged—both culturally and politically—how art was made, perceived, and experienced. Complementing the CCN-Ballet de Lorraine performance as part of Northrop’s Dance Season, the exhibit features the intersection of dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham with composers John Cage and David Tudor, artist Robert Rauschenberg, and artists that formed the FLUXUS family including Yoko Ono, Dick Higgins, and Nam June Paik.
Open during regular Northrop building hours.