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George Maciunas
Diagram of Historical Development of Fluxus and Other 4 Dimentional, Aural, Optic, Olfactory, Epithelial and Tactile Art Forms
1973
Ink on paper


Annotated by Alison Knowles. View an enlarged image at Museum of Modern Art, New York

Museum of Modern Art, New York

Excerpt from Charting Fluxus: George Maciunass Ambitious Art History, an exhibition organized by Julia Pelta Feldman, Project Archivist, Museum Archives, The Museum of Modern Art, New York:

Introduction

Fluxus was an international network of artists active in the 1960s and 1970s. Through the tireless efforts of its founder, George Maciunas, Fluxus presented festivals and concerts and distributed artists’ multiples, which Maciunas fabricated in his SoHo loft. Collective, performative, anti-institutional, and irreverent, Fluxus sought to bridge the gaps between different artistic mediums and between art and life.

In 1973 Maciunas announced his intention to design a grand art history chart, an exhaustive chronicle of Fluxus that would also narrate the movement’s origins since the beginning of performance-based art. Later that year he produced the breathtakingly detailed Diagram of Historical Development of Fluxus and Other 4 Dimentional, Aural, Optic, Olfactory, Epithelial and Tactile Art Forms, which he called, simply, “the chart.”

Maciunas’s chart—which he never considered complete—reveals not only the history of Fluxus but also an ambitious reckoning with modernism and its legacy. This exhibition of objects in the Museum’s Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Archives presents the “final” 1973 version of Maciunas’s chart alongside archival documentation that illustrates its genesis and its significance in the very history of art it maps.

Continued: Introduction / Fluxus Newsletters and Ephemera  /  Researching Fluxus  /  Charting Fluxus  / George Maciunas as Art Historian

The exhibition is organized by Julia Pelta Feldman, Project Archivist, Museum Archives.

All items in this exhibition are from The Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Archives in The Museum of Modern Art Archives. Numbers in brackets identify the documents specific folder locations.


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George Maciunas, American, b. Lithuania (1931-1978)
b. November 8, 1931, Kaunas, Lithuania
d. 1978


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