Harry Stendhal Presents: “Mapping Maciunas” and “Exercise” by kalai7

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Stendhal Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of two exhibitions, “Mapping Maciunas” and “Exercise” on February 3, 2011. Both exhibitions examine the work of Fluxus artist, George Maciunas, who blended his education in architecture, graphic design and musicology to produce new ways of thinking about the state of contemporary society.

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									Harry Stendhal Presents: “Mapping Maciunas” and “Exercise”

Stendhal Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of two exhibitions,
“Mapping Maciunas” and “Exercise” on February 3, 2011. Both exhibitions
examine the work of Fluxus artist, George Maciunas, who blended his
education in architecture, graphic design and musicology to produce new
ways of thinking about the state of contemporary society.

New York, NY, January 19, 2011 -- Stendhal Gallery is pleased to announce
the opening of two exhibitions, “Mapping Maciunas” and “Exercise” on
February 3, 2011. Both exhibitions examine the work of Fluxus artist,
George Maciunas, who blended his education in architecture, graphic
design and musicology to produce new ways of thinking about the state of
contemporary society.

Throughout his life, Maciunas prided himself in the creation of “learning
machines,” charts and diagrams to find precedents, clarify and advance
the
experimental art of his time. “Mapping Maciunas,” exhibits various charts
and diagrams relating not only to Fluxus and the avant-garde but to
history and arts education.

The documentation of Fluxus personalities and events lead to the creation
of Maciunas’ “Diagram of Historical Development of FluxusŠ” (1973),
arguably a masterwork, which posits Fluxus in a continuum of radical art
history brought center stage by Dada, Marcel Duchamp and John Cage.

Setting his sights on more practical matters, Maciunas undertook a 1968-
1969 grant supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York to improve
arts education in the United States. His research for “Proposals for Art
Education,” resulted in a series of charts and diagrams including
“Contemporary Man” and a “Curriculum Plan” for both art majors and non-
major programs.

Just as Maciunas’s charts connect strains in historical movements rather
then simply depicting history as a precession of events, “Exercise” takes
an approach to understanding Fluxus, finding the forebears of Fluxus
attitude not simply in Dada or other avant-garde movements in relation to
which Fluxus is often contextualized, whether it be pre-Socratic
philosopher and believer in “universal flux” Heraclitus, or fourteenth
century philosopher and originator of the Ockham’s Razor principle
William of Ockham, “Exercise” alleges that the Fluxus attitude long
predates Fluxus, George Maciunas, or Duchamp.

On display in “Exercise,” is an installation inspired by Maciunas’s
charts tracing the Fluxus attitude. Alongside this installation are
Fluxus artworks by George Brecht, La Monte Young, Chieko Shiomi, Yoko
Ono, Ken Friedman, Hans Richter, Giussepe Chiari, Nam Jun Paik, Robert
Filliou and other artists who embody this attitude by using the concision
of a haiku or a punch line to rupture our epistemological categories and
encourage us to create our own. Juxtaposed with these works are artworks
by David Bernstein, John Robert Moore, Nicole Demby, Narumi Iyama and
Harry Stendhal, conceptual exercises that use Fluxus an a template for
making one’s own templates.
The opening of the exhibitions will feature a performance by David
Bernstein.

“Mapping Maciunas” and “Exercise” will be on view at the Stendhal Gallery
until February 26th.

This exhibition has been produced and organized by Harry Stendhal and
sponsored by George Maciunas Foundation Inc. a 501 (c)(3) tax exempt non-
for-profit arts organization.

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York, NY 10011 | 212 366 1549 |

Contact:
Harry Stendhal
Stendhal Gallery
545 West 20th Street
New York, NY 10011
212 366 1549
info@stendhalgallery.com
http://stendhalgallery.com

								
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