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Archiving Fluxus: A Visit to the Gilbert and Lila Silverman Collection at the Museum of Modern Art

Posted by Hanna Hoelling
21 Feb 2015 16:03

By Andrew Gardner

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Students from Hanna Hölling’s course, In Focus: Revisions—Art, Materiality, and Continuity in Fluxus (1960s-70s), paid a visit to the Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection at the Museum of Modern Art’s art storage facility in Queens on February 10, 2015. The Silverman Fluxus Collection is one of the most extensive archives of Fluxus-related artworks in the world, consisting of a range of objects collected by the Silvermans after the death of Fluxus founder George Maciunas in 1978. For years, the Silvermans, along with artist and collection curator Jon Hendricks, collected ephemera relating to this international art movement that actively worked against the established hierarchies of the art world. Artists including Nam June Paik, Dick Higgins, Alison Knowles, Yoko Ono, Ken Friedman, Jackson Mac Low and George Brecht contributed works to the movement, highlighting the range of technique and material that encompasses the history of Fluxus. Influences for the movement were myriad; many Fluxus collaborators looked to Marcel Duchamp, an artist whose work famously championed the readymade object as art, as well as to composer John Cage and artist Robert Rauschenberg, whose equal fascination with the idea of nothingness or non-art, revealed the ways in which art as it was known in the early 1960s could be born anew.

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“‘What If?’ Digital Documentation as Performance and the Body as Archive in Deborah Hay’s No Time to Fly”

Posted by sumolsen
17 Feb 2015 04:49

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This January, Bard Graduate Center M.A. candidate Linden Hill published her paper entitled “‘What If?’ Digital Documentation as Performance and the Body as Archive in Deborah Hay’s No Time to Fly” in Interventions, the Online Journal of Columbia University’s Graduate Program in Modern Art: Critical and Curatorial Studies.

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“Troubling the Water on Staten Island: Superstorm Sandy and the Preservation of Place.”

Posted by sumolsen
16 Feb 2015 20:47

By Summer Olsen

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On Wednesday, January 21, 2015 Chistopher Mulé gave a Brown Bag Lunch presentation at the Bard Graduate Center entitled “Troubling the Water on Staten Island: Superstorm Sandy and the Preservation of Place.” Mulé is the Folk Arts Director at the Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC), the Vice President of the Board of Directors for the New York Folklore Society (NYFS), and formerly served as Director of Folklife at Staten Island Arts. In his presentation Mulé described his work on Staten Island to record oral histories from Staten Island residents who survived Superstorm Sandy. The National Storytelling Network sponsored his research.

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