Critical Mass: Happenings, Fluxus, Performance, Intermedia, and Rutgers University, 1958-1972

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Rutgers University from 1958 to 1972 was at the center of many new developments in the art world. Artists connected with Happenings and Fluxus created works that had a major impact in New York and abroad. A dozen years after Allan Kaprow’s first Happening on Rutgers' Douglass campus in 1958, George Maciunas (Mr. Fluxus) created his major late composition, the Flux-Mass, in the same space, and Hermann Nitsch, the Viennese Actionist, presented his controversial Orgies-Mysteries-Theater.  These radical shifts in art paralleled calls to rethink attitudes about race, sex, gender, and war during turbulent times in America’s history.

Critical Mass chronicles this ephemeral work on the Rutgers campus and in New York City, and the innovations that grew from Bob Watts, Allan Kaprow, and George Brecht's “Project in Multiple Dimensions.” With texts and performance scores by artists together with numerous photographs of the events and essays by art historians and critics Hannah Higgins, Jill Johnston, Susan Ryan, and Kristine Stiles, Critical Mass presents a vivid picture of this dynamic moment.

This volume is a companion to an exhibit that will be on display at the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts, from January 24 through April 27, 2003, and at the Mason Gross Art Galleries at Rutgers University from September through November 2003.

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Village Voice

Critical Mass brings long overdue attention to Fluxus adventures and Happening scenes in exotic New Jersey. Innovators like Allen Kaprow, Robert Watts, and Geoffrey Hendricks addressed the art-in-life conundrum at the heart of their own work with a revolutionary approach to pedagogy at Rutgers University, developing events like the controversial Flux-Mass as student projects. This invaluable addition to avant-garde history recollects and reexamines both the teaching of the inexplicable and the lives of the irrepressible.ö —

— C. Carr

MIT List Visual Arts Center

This volume of new texts and historical documents has stopped struggling against the Fluxus ethos. Critical Mass instead presents multiple ways to allow readers of today to access a Fluxus attitude. This attitude had certain nodes, localities, and periods of extreme activity, but this book does not encourage nostalgia for the Fluxus fun we missed; Critical Mass, rather, prompts us to make Fluxus a part of our way of life today.

— Bill Arning

Village Voice - C. Carr

Critical Mass brings long overdue attention to Fluxus adventures and Happening scenes in exotic New Jersey. Innovators like Allen Kaprow, Robert Watts, and Geoffrey Hendricks addressed the art-in-life conundrum at the heart of their own work with a revolutionary approach to pedagogy at Rutgers University, developing events like the controversial Flux-Mass as student projects. This invaluable addition to avant-garde history recollects and reexamines both the teaching of the inexplicable and the lives of the irrepressible.ö ù
MIT List Visual Arts Center - Bill Arning

This volume of new texts and historical documents has stopped struggling against the Fluxus ethos. Critical Mass instead presents multiple ways to allow readers of today to access a Fluxus attitude. This attitude had certain nodes, localities, and periods of extreme activity, but this book does not encourage nostalgia for the Fluxus fun we missed; Critical Mass, rather, prompts us to make Fluxus a part of our way of life today.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813533032
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction and Acknowledgements
Critical Mass: Some Reflections 1
Notes on the Creation of a Total Art 5
Afterthoughts in 2002 7
Beginnings 11
Grounds for Experiment: Robert Watts and the Experimental Workshop 20
Experimental Workshop 29
Raphael Montanez Ortiz: Two Early Media-Destructionist Films 38
Lettuce Manifesto 41
Al Hansen Presents: Happenings, Events and Advanced Musics 43
Matters of Style 57
Anomaly, Sky, Sex and Psi in Fluxus 60
Fluxus Unreeling 89
Memories Or Imagination 95
The Thousand Symphonies 99
The Thousand Symphonies: Their Story 102
Of New Brunswick, Rutgers U. and Dick Higgins - In That Order 107
Lying Down Ceremony 113
An Action for My Mind 115
The Sky Is the Limit 116
The Ritual Readymade and Other Lessons of the Flux-Mass 120
The Flux-Mass of George Maciunas 130
A Memoir of the Flux Priest 141
Piecing Art Together: Observations on Fluxus at Douglass, 1966-70 144
Project for an Earth Monument 152
Action 33: The Orgies-Mysteries Theater 156
Not Present at the Creation 163
In the Meantime, Art Was Happening 169
Interview With Charlotte Moorman on the Avant-Garde Festivals 173
Timeline 181
Voorhees Assembly Program Posters, 1970-72 198
Lenders 203
Authors' Biographies 204
Bibliography 206
Index 208
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