An international movement of the 1960s and 1970s of artists working across disciplines and in a decidedly anti-commercial manner, this exhibition offers an opportunity to see Fluxus materials and many artworks in the form of a box, including numerous Fluxkits by a wide variety of artists.Read full description
Marcel Duchamp: Duchamp’s Boîte – Series F, 1919–66; red leather box with red linen lining; containing miniature replicas, and color reproductions of works by Duchamp; 16 1/4 x 15 1/8 x 3 3/4 in. (exterior of box); BAMPFA Collection; Museum purchase: Bequest of Thérèse Bonney, Class of 1916, by exchange.
Marcel Duchamp: Duchamp’s L.H.O.O.Q, 1940/1966, from Boîte – Series F, 1919–66; collotype; 7 5/8 x 4 3/4 in.; BAMPFA Collection; Museum purchase: Bequest of Thérèse Bonney, Class of 1916, by exchange.
Alice Hutchins: Homage to Ingres (La Baigneuse), 1966; mail art: Letraset on color postcard; 6 x 4 in; BAMPFA Collection; gift of the artist. Photo: Benjamin Blackwell.
Yoko Ono: Untitled (Everson Catalog Box), 1971; wooden box (designed by George Maciunas) containing artist’s book, glass key, offset print on paper, acrylic on canvas, and plastic boxes; 6 x 6 1/4 x 7 1/4 in.; BAMPFA Collection; Museum purchase: Bequest of Thérèse Bonney, Class of 1916, by exchange. Photo: Benjamin Blackwell.
James Riddle: E. S. P. Fluxkit, c. 1967; offset print on paper with six sheets of painted paper in plastic case with offset print label (designed by George Maciunas); 4 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 3/4 in.; BAMPFA Collection; Museum purchase: Bequest of Thérèse Bonney, Class of 1916, by exchange. Photo: Benjamin Blackwell.
Take inspiration from the Fluxus scores and boxes on view in the exhibitions Fluxus Reverb: Events, Scores, Boxes & More and by Alison Knowles: A Retrospective (1960–2022), and come assemble your own Flux Kit in the Art Lab using reproductions of various scores from the BAMPFA Steven Leiber Conceptual Art Study Center, as well as ones we come up with as a group.
Compose a small box filled with a mini collection of special objects, images, and instructions to be activated by the future recipient of your box.
For ages 6–12 with accompanying adult(s)
Stephanie Cannizzo, associate curator, and Christina Yang, chief curator, explore the world of Fluxkits—mini museums, as they have sometimes been called, that owe a debt to Marcel Duchamp’s Boite en valise, which contains miniature versions of his artworks.
Fluxfilm Anthology, which was compiled by George Maciunas, the founder of Fluxus, is a document consisting of short films ranging from ten seconds to ten minutes in length.
This selection of Fluxus films—“the most radical and experimental art movement of the 1960s”—includes works by Sharits and Ono and John Lennon.