The artists discussed below are associated with Fluxus, a loosely connected network of artists working in different cities around the world. Fluxus artists challenged the boundaries between disciplines and reimagined both what art could be and its relationship to audiences. A key idea was the score—developed from music composition—which allowed the artist to instruct a performer on the parameters of a work that can be realized at any time. Fluxus artists often used language as opposed to musical notation, so that anyone could carry out the instructions. They sought to create scores that celebrated the familiar sounds and materials of the everyday. Many embraced indeterminacy—opportunities for performers to take liberties during the performance, making each iteration of the work singular. Though MoMA has reopened following a temporary closure due to the ongoing COVID pandemic, we know many people might not be able to travel to the museum in the near future. So we’re sharing some works from the collection that you can experience wherever you are—invitations to the viewer that may shift how you perceive daily activities that punctuate our lives, perhaps now more than ever.
These artworks aren’t finished until you participate.
Danielle Johnson Aug 26, 2020