OPENING: ANYTHING CAN SUBSTITUTE ART

Tuesday, December 11, 2012, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

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OPENING DECEMBER 11, 2012
6:00 - 8:00pm
ANYTHING CAN SUBSTITUTE ART: MACIUNAS IN SOHO

41 COOPER GALLERY
41 Cooper Square, LL1
New York, NY 10003

Lithuanian-born artist, architect, designer, and self-appointed "chairman" of Fluxus, George Maciunas (1931‒1978, Cooper Union School of Art graduate 1952) radically challenged the idea of avant-garde art, whether as object, concept, or commodity. Fluxus, an international community of conceptual artists, poets and musicians, sought to redefine the role of the artist by substituting art for everyday tasks, experiences, actions, and sensations. More >
 

IMAGE:
1. George Maciunas, Sketch for an announcement of the Fluxus yearboxes, c. 1965. (Detail.) Clippings on card board, 24.3 x 17.5 cm. © Jonas Mekas Visual Arts Center, Vilnius

Located in the 41 Cooper Gallery, located in 41 Cooper Square, on Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets.

This event is part of:

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.