Getty Research Institute
This flier is one of several announcements made for screenings of Self-Obliteration, a 16mm film produced by Kusama and the filmmaker Jud Yalkut. Both the short and the ephemera relating to it document the summer of Body Festivals that kicked off the most notorious moment of Yayoi Kusama's New York period, when she frequently put naked bodies on display in public places. For this series, Kusama invited parkgoers to be transformed into art by allowing her to paint their stripped-down bodies with her trademark polka dots. Unlike some of the handbills produced for the film, this one (for a screening at nine p.m. Jan 21, 1968) is illustrated, and is quite appropriately almost completely covered by a field of polka dots
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Art reproductions, biographical material, clippings, exhibition announcements, press releases, announcement for " A Box of Smile" with artwork information
University of California, San Diego
Personal papers and other documents assembled by Friedman documenting his involvement from 1964-1971 in the Fluxus movement and the Free Religious Youth and Liberal Religious Youth, two organizations affiliated with the Unitarian Church -- The collection includes correspondence with a number of artists associated with the Fluxus movement, examples of Fluxus work and sketches for happenings by Friedman and others, materials pertaining to the New York Correspondence School and its founder Ray Johnson, materials pertaining to the rock band the Fugs, and a large cache of materials by and about the Cleveland poet d.a. levy, whose work instigated a nationally important obscenity trial in 1967. Significant correspondents include George Brecht, John Cage, Robert Filliou, Albert Fine, Dick Higgins, Ray Johnson, Milan Knizak, Alison Knowles, d.a. levy, George Maciunas, Jerry Rubin, Paul Sharits, Hans Sohm, Daniel Spoerri, and Emmett Williams
Getty Research Institute
Three interviews conducted by Judith Rodenbeck in preparation for her exhibition and book, Experiments in the Everyday: Allan Kaprow and Robert Watts: Events, Objects, Documents. The CD-ROM contains transcripts of the interviews
New York Public Library
Collection consists of objects, text scores, correspondence art, gallery announcements, concert programs, posters and other items produced by and/or relating to the Fluxus group of artists, ca. 1958-1987 -- Highlights include: multiple edition Fluxus objects, e.g. George Brecht's Water yam, 1963, Robert Watts' Events, 1964, Joseph Beuys' Zwei Fräulein mit leuchtendem Brot, 1966, and Yoko Ono's A box of smile, signed in 1984; complete set of the Fluxus in-house newspaper, V TRE, 1963-1978; posters from Charlotte Moorman's Annual New York Avant-Garde Festivals, 1964-1980; signed performance poems and "text-sound texts" by Jackson Mac Low; performance programs from La Monte Young and Yoko Ono's Chamber Street Loft Series, ca. 1961-1962. Many items are inscribed to the collector, Ellsworth Snyder
Cornell University Libraries
Research papers written for Michael Kammen's senior seminar, Art Controversies in American Culture, concerning the history of art-related controversies in the U.S. Papers include "Stella's Journey from Minimal to Maximal Art," by Emily Bauman; "Donald Wildmon's War on the Arts," by Mackenzie Damon; "The Boilerhouse Addition to the Victoria & Albert Museum: The Daniel Libeskind Spiral Building," by Kathryn Meg Frankel; "The Life and Art of 'Happenings'," by Lydia Gilbert; "Hercules' 13th Labor: The Twelve Year Odyssey of Michael Spafford's The Twelve Labors of Hercules," by Alex Jackson; "The Great American Nude Exposed: An Exploration of the Themes and Social Significance of Tom Wesselman's Controversial Series," by Lisa Jacobs; "Salomania," by Jaffa Panken; "Surface, Surface, Surface: The Problem with 'American Psycho'," by Jonathan W. Rich; and "Redefining Community Standards: Cincinnati and the Robert Mapplethorpe A Perfect Moment Exhibition," by Courtney Ritter
Getty Research Institute
The archive documents Schneemann's performances, happenings, film and book production, and exhibitions from 1959-1994. It includes original materials relating to performances and publication projects in the form of notes, drawings, performance scripts and mss.; correspondence with visual, literary and performing artists, art critics, and other individuals prominent in the international avant-garde; printed ephemera, artists' books, and Fluxus objects by Schneemann and others; lecture notes and other materials pertaining to Schneemann as teacher and lecturer; research files on performance and feminist topics; mss. by others about Schneemann's work; and photograph albums which provide visual documentation of much of her performance work
Getty Research Institute
The Jean Brown collection of art objects, 1958-1986 (ca. 493 items forming Series VI of the Jean Brown Papers) comprise an important collection of works by artists involved in the Fluxus movement or in other explorations of the conceptual arts, such as mail art, concrete poetry, happenings, etc. The works reflect these movements as they spanned the decades of the 1960s, 1970s, and early 1980s, with a high concentration of material emerging around the climactic year 1969 -- Items are constructions, assemblages, or other expressions, often small-scale and ephemeral, some existing simply as reflections or remnants of artistic or intellectual events. Many are one-of-a-kind pieces created especially for Brown, betraying the collector's intimate connection to the works and their creators. The pieces are arranged alphabetically by artist, with a large portion of unidentified works listed at the end. Additionally many of the objects also have their own individual analytic records within the ... Read More
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The Allan Kaprow Papers offer comprehensive documentation of an artistic career that spanned the latter half of the 20th century and continues into the 21st. Arranged chronologically so as to demonstrate the artist's passage from student of art and art history to practicing artist, art theorist and art educator, the collection contains drawings, term papers and notebooks from Kaprow's student days, including a paper on Jackson Pollock and a Master's thesis on Piet Mondrian that he wrote as a student of Meyer Schapiro's, and scores he composed while studying with John Cage. The ca. 250 project files, comprising the complete extant documentation of Kaprow's Environments, Happenings, and Activities, demonstrate the evolution of Kaprow's Happening from a relatively scripted, grand, social event (Chicken; Household) to an austere, inter-subjective experience (Time Pieces; Rates of Exchange). They contain the artist's notes and drafts of his casually poetic scores, along with correspondence ... Read More
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The Getty Research Institute (GRI) presented Overflow: A Reinvention of Allan Kaprow's Fluids in collaboration with the J. Paul Getty Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in conjunction with MOCA's Kaprow retrospective, the J. Paul Getty Museum's California Video exhibition, and the GRI's publication Allan Kaprow--Art as life. Fluids, one of renowned artist Allan Kaprow's "happenings," occurred in 1967 when teams of volunteers built rectangular structures of ice throughout the city of Los Angeles. Overflow, by the LA Art Girls, was a reinvention of Fluids that reinterpreted the original score. It was conceived as both a historical dedication and a contemporary investigation of some of the issues raised by Kaprow's original work

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