17.5. linear feet.
Organized into four series: Series I. Dick Higgins, 1976-1999. Series II. Something Else Press, 1961-1992 (bulk 1961-1974). Series III. Fluxus, 1958-2002. Series IV. Franklin Furnace, 1980-2001.
The Dick Higgins Collection spans the years 1958 to 2002 and is 17.5 linear feet. Materials include artwork, publications, and exhibition items. Over one hundred items have been cataloged and are searchable in the USMAI catalog; like the rest of the collection materials, these publications can be viewed in the Special Collections Reading Room only. There are three major divisions within the Dick Higgins Collection and they correspond to the official series: a sampling of Dick Higgins' artwork, publications, and exhibition materials; publications from Something Else Press; and individual and collaborative artwork and publications from members of the greater Fluxus movement. With the exception of the ReFlux Editions items housed in Series III. B, all items were donated from Higgins' studio by Alison Knowles. Selections from ReFlux Editions' "Flux Kit" collection were purchased by the library in 2002. This collection provides an overview of Fluxus artwork and includes rare examples from the Something Else Press publications and the anthologies included in Series III. Over 70 artists are represented in this collection. Higgins's correspondence, personal papers, and the records for Something Else Press are not included; please contact the Special Collections staff for additional resources.
Dick Higgins (1938-1998) is best known as a co-founding member of the Fluxus art movement in the 1960s. Embracing the fluidity and boundary-crossing nature of art, Higgins introduced the concept of "intermedia" in 1965 and spent the next 30 years creating artwork in the areas of performance art (Happenings), musical composition, concrete and pattern poetry, painting, and theoretical writings in scholarly and personal publications. He operated three successful specialized publishing companies: Something Else Press (1964-1974), Unpublished Editions (1972-1978), which was later renamed Printed Editions (1978-1985). Higgins was a student of John Cage and a contemporary of George Maciunas, George Brecht, Al Hansen, Ray Johnson, LaMonte Young, and Alison Knowles, whom he married.
Dick Higgins Collection. Special Collections. Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery, University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
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