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Tarble Arts Center Fall 2021 Exhibitions

Supplemental resources to accompany the Tarble Arts Center exhibitions available through Booth Library collections and subscriptions

Mend Piece

Explore works related to participatory and interactive art, Fluxus, and Yoko Ono. A bibliography of reviews of Mend Piece is linked below.

Participatory and Interactive Art


image of artwork"PURGE the world of dead art, imitation, artificial art. . . . Promote living art, anti-art, promote NON ART REALITY to be grasped by all peoples," writes artist George Maciunas in his Fluxus manifesto of 1963. Reacting against an elitist art world enthralled by modernist aesthetics, Fluxus encouraged playfulness, chance, irreverence, and viewer participation. The diverse collective--including George Brecht, Robert Filliou, Dick Higgins, Alison Knowles, George Maciunas, Yoko Ono, Nam June Paik, Benjamin Patterson, Takako Saito, Mieko Shiomi, Ben Vautier, and Robert Watts--embraced humble objects and everyday gestures as critical means of finding freedom and excitement beyond traditional forms of art-making.        While today the Fluxus collective is recognized for its radical neo-avant-garde works of performance, publishing, and relational art and its experimental, interdisciplinary approach, it was not taken seriously in its own time. 

Harren, Natilee. Fluxus Forms : Scores, Multiples, and the Eternal Network  Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2020.

Yoko Ono

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