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Fluxus Hated Museums — Now Museums Love Fluxus

Fluxus, the almost indefinable global art movement that ran from the 1950s to the 1970s, rejected the art market, intellectual theorizing, and museums. Fluxus was a DIY anti-art of concepts, performances, humor, and small, cheap materials. Fluxus has had a limited presence in museums, but that's starting to change. As one marker of that, just in the past few weeks the Getty Research Institute has announced the acquisitions of the archives of Fluxus artists Emmett Williams (1925–2007) and Simone Forti (born 1935).

The GRI has been acquiring Fluxus materials since 1985, when it added the 6000-piece Fluxus collection assembled by Jean Brown. This was the first major set of contemporary material acquired by the GRI. Since then the institute has added individual archives of Allan Kaprow, Robert Watts, Yvonne Rainer, David Tudor, and others. Though the main mission of the GRI collection is to aid scholarship, in the case of Fluxus there is a thin line between document and art work. Flu…

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