Weeks 1-3: Happenings and Fluxus
Movements discussed: DADA (1916-1920), Bauhaus Theater (1919-1933), Action Painting (1940s), Gutai Group (1954-1972), Zen Buddhism, Fluxus (1962-1968).
Names dropped: Jackson Pollock, Atsuko Tanaka, John Cage, Allan Kaprow, Robert Rauschenberg, Jim Dine, David Tudor, Merce Cunningham, Alfred Leslie, Lette Eisenhauer, Yoko Ono, George Maciunas, Joseph Beuys, George Brecht, Al Hansen, Geoffrey Hendricks, Dick Higgins, Ray Johnson, Alison Knowles, Charlotte Moorman, Yoko Ono, Nam Jun Paik, La Monte Young, Ben Patterson, Joseph Beuys, Yves Klein.
Places mentioned: Black Mountain College, New School for Social Research, Reuben Gallery.
Assignment 1: In groups of two, write a Fluxus score. Groups of two will then be merged into larger groups, combining 2-3 scores into a single 'event.' Fluxus scores to be practiced and performed for following class.
Image: Licking Piece, 1964, Ben Patterson
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