Fluxus Hated Museums — Now Museums Love Fluxus
|Ben Vautier, Total Art Match-Box, about 1965. Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection, MoMA|
|Emmett Williams, abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz (Alphabet Poem), about 1963. Getty Research Institute. © The Estate of Emmett Williams|
|Simone Forti, Red Hat in Yellow and Red Landscape, 1966. Getty Research Institute|
|George Brecht, Deck and letter to George Maciunas, 1966. Jean Brown collection, Getty Research Institute|
In 2008 Gilbert and Lila Silverman donated their Fluxus collection to the Museum of Modern Art. MoMA had ignored Fluxus when it was being created; since then selections from the Silverman trove of 7000 items have been regularly on view in collection installations. Another important museum-based holding of Fluxus is at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. In L.A. the Broad has a 570-piece collection of Joseph Beuys multiples.
|Joseph Beuys, Evervess II 1, 1968. The Broad. (c) Artists Rights Society, New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn|
In the 1970s Forti collaborated with physicist-artist Lloyd Cross to produce so-called multiplex holograms. These used the medium to produce a blend of 3D and a moving image. The GRI Forti archive includes one such hologram, Movements/Crawl Sit. Another hologram from the same series was featured in LACMA's 2018 "3D: Double Vision" (and acquired by LACMA).
|Simone Forti, Striding Crawling, about 1975–78. LACMA. © 2019 Simone Forti, photography © 2019 Fredrik Nilsen, All Rights Reserved|