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Fluxus Art – What’s that? – Visit the Tweed and find out

WHAT:             Exhibition Betwixt and Between:

The Life and Works of Dick Higgins
WHERE:           Tweed Museum of Art, located on the campus of the University of Minnesota Duluth
WHERE:           Exhibition Dates:  September 2 – October 19, 2003

The Tweed Museum of Art is pleased to announce the exhibition Betwixt and Between: The Life and Works of Dick Higgins.  Dick Higgins (1938-1998) used the term “intermedia” to describe his wide-ranging works in poetry, painting, graphic works, musical scores and books.  Higgins knew and associated with the composer John Cage and Henry Cowell, the Dada artist Marcel Duchamp and Richard Huelsenbeck, and the many artists who identified with Fluxus.


Based on a term used by George Maciunas in 1961, Fluxus was and is an international art movement based on ideas similar to those of the Dada artists, where the art “object” is less a precious aesthetic commodity, and more about interaction between the artwork and the viewer.  In Fluxus, art could and can be a pamphlet with instructions , a musical score to be performed, a reading, a performance, a work sent thought the mail, or any combination of these and other categories of art-making.

Higgins participated in Fluxus ideas as a composer, a poet, a scholar and founder of Something Else Press. As an “intermedia” artist, he moved and worked between these practices, and this exhibition examines his unique contribution to contemporary art.  Organized by the Columbia College Center for Book and Paper Arts, this exhibition presents a unique look at the ideas of Fluxus, through the work of one of its most influential practitioners.


An ancillary exhibition will feature event scores that have been solicited from around the world specifically for this project.


Exhibition Events:
Tuesday, September 9, 2003, 7:00pm Tweed Museum of Art - free
Panel Discussion – “What’s the Score: A discussion of the event score.” Diane Mullins, curator, MCAD Gallery at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design; Ann Klefstad, features editor,; and other participants to be announce.

Tuesday, October 14, 2003, 6:00pm at the Tweed Museum of Art - free
“Performance  Lecture” by Hannah Higgins, Fluxus historian and daughter of artists Dick Higgins and Alison Knowles

Wednesday, October 15, 2003, 7:00pm at the Norshor Theatre - $5 admission
Performances by “Hijack,” Colin Rusch, Tim and Tyler Kaiser
Thursday, October 16, 2003, 7:00pm at the Tweed Museum of Art - free
Performance of Fluxus scores by student and community participants.

Financial support for Betwixt and Between: The Life and Works of Dick Higgins has been provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board through an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts, and University of Minnesota Duluth Student Services Fees.




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