What’s happening this weekend, and it may not be anything at all, is happening at the Chicago Cultural Center
, which hosts a day of happenings inspired by Fluxus
, the 1960s anti-art movement famous for its bizarre, anarchic “happenings.” George Maciunas coined the term, which is related to the Latin word for “to flow,” in 1961. In a review in the Reader
in 1993, Fred Camper noted
that Fluxus artists “worked in a wider variety of media than any other ‘movement’ I know of,” and to the extent that people still follow the movement, that’s true—in 2010 the Experimental Sound Studio hosted a Fluxus-inspired musical bike ride
. In conjunction with its show "Write Now: Artists and Letterforms,"
that bastion of avante-gardism the Cultural Center presents Fluxus Day on Fri 2/11 from 11 AM to 5 PM. Some highlights lie beyond the jump.
All day long, local rubber-stampers Stampland, plus Neosho and Adamandia Kapsalis, organize a “Mailart Creation Station,” which offers suppies for making and sending mail art. More mail is available at the Flux Free For All, which features more than 2,000 pieces of art (or whatever) like postcards and stamps—they’re free for the taking. From 1 to 1:45 PM, Women in Bowlers celebrates women in the Fluxus movement; at 3 PM, John M. Bennett coordinates an avante-garde poetry performance. And a one-ring circus at 4 PM presents “contemporary Fluxus scores” performed under the Grand Army of the Republic dome. More information is here.