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FLUXUS WEST COLLECTION

MsC 763

Collection Dates: @1959 -- 2003
(Bulk dates: 1965 -- 1975)
1
3 linear ft. plus 10 oversize boxes and 1 map case drawer

Collection Guide

This document describes a Manuscript Collection or
University Archives Collection held by th
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Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
e-mail: lib-spec@uiowa.edu

Guide Contents

Administrative Information

Biographical and Historical Information

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Related Materials

Acquisition and Processing Information

Box Contents List


Administrative Information

Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Digital Surrogates: Except where indicated, this document describes but does not reproduce the actual text, images and objects which make up this collection. Materials are available only in the Special Collections Department.

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Historical Note

According to its founder Ken Friedman, "Fluxus West was established in 1966 to represent the work of the Fluxus group and its members in the Western United States and to promote and care for a wide variety of concerns in contemporary art which at the time represented highly experimental viewpoints in the art world represented by what was then an extremely small group of artists such as George Maciunas, Dick Higgins, Joseph Beuys, Christo, George Brecht, Bob Watts, et. al." The majority of the Fluxus West Collection was originally stored at the Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla, California, and later transferred to The University of Iowa Libraries. Several works from this collection were also shown in the travelling exhibition, Fluxus: A Conceptual Country.


Scope and Contents

The Fluxus West Collection consists of approximately 19 linear feet pus 9 oversize boxes of original art works and "relics" by various Fluxus artists. The approximate dates of this collection are 1959 -- 1981. An asterisk next to a works indicates that it was used in Fluxus: A Conceptual Country. Boxes whose entire contents were used in this exhibit are also indicated.

Photographs: box 1 and map case drawer


Related Materials

This is an Alternative Traditions in Contemporary Art collection.


Acquisition and Processing Information

These papers were given to the University of Iowa Libraries by Ken Friedman.

Guide posted to Internet: February 2004

Prepared by D. Crites and J. Roethler


Box Contents List

Box 1

2-D Works

Anonymous -- Smiling Thomas Jefferson on $2 bill (photograph), no date.

Hungarian Demonstration (Tamas, St. Joby) (photograph), 1972.

Hungarian Artists/9 -- Gilbert and George (Tamas, St. Joby) (photograph), 1972.

Graphpaper triangle on string

Pierre Bergendi -- letter to Ken Friedman with photogrpahs of 25 of his works, 1968 -- 1972.

Joseph Beuys -- 10 Fluxus West postcards, no date.

George Brecht -- Erotik (postcard), no date.

Five Snakes Stolen in Munich (postcard), no date.

Gianfredo Camesi -- photographs and documentation of his work, 1972.

Gustave Cerutti -- 5 paper collages titled Variation, 1972.

F. Copp --Vanzetti/Socko from "Famous Radicals Series," 1971.

Neil Felts -- Untitled Objects, 1970.

Ken Friedman -- Zen Priest in Hat, 1970.

Gentleman in Suit, 1970.

4 untitled pen and ink drawings, no date.

Untitled print, no date.

"Sock of the Month Club" letter with sock (first edition), 1970.

"Sock of the Month Club" letter with sock, 1973.

Hundertmark -- Drawing of man on bike, 1967.

Untitled (collage), 1966.

Erwin Huppert -- letter to Ken Friedman with 5 photoghraphic collages, 1972.

Mauricio Kagel -- Saitensprung, no date.

Milan Knizak -- Aktual/provo/Fluxus (photograph), no date.*

Alison Knowles -- Untitled (Serigraph), no date.

Untitled (Triptych), no date.

J. H. Kochman -- This Pages Was Touched by the Fingers of J. H. Kochman, no date.

Frank Pileggi -- 5 photographs of Charlotte Moorman, 1976.

Lucien Sagan -- Sequence (a series of 4 photographs), no date.

Klaus Staeck -- Untitled (postcard), no date.

Untitled (postcard), 1971.

Number 3 (postcard), 1971.

Ben Vautier -- Untitled (postcard), 1965.

Untitled (postcard), 1967.

Impulse Art Realizations Cord #26 (postcard), no date.

The Postman's Choice/ Le Choix du Facteur (postcard), 1967.

Posters, Announcements, Ephemera

Poster for "A Mysterious New York Correspondeance School Meeting" held at Finch College, no date.

Poster and flyer for "Monday Night Letters," arranged by Robert Watts and George Brecht with "Assorted Night Riders" by Alison Knowles (Performance held at Cafe Au Go Go), no date.

Announcement for "Celebrating John Cage Notations," no date.

Poster for "Vautier Day/ Knizak Night," held at several venues, 1968.

Poster for two performances by Sebdi (Michael Milure, George Montana, and Freewheelin Frank), one in Berkeley and one in San Francisco, 1967.

Flyer for "Fluxus West in England," 1972.

A Brief History of Fluxus West, probably by Keb Friedman, no date.

Chronology of Fluxus West, 1966 - 1970.

Designs for Fluxus stamps by various Fluxus West artists, 1963-1974.

An International Contact List, Published by Fluxus West, partial revision 9 Sept 73; 10 March 74.

American Hero: The Sculpture of Don Boyd, DVD, 2006.

Fluxus West, by Donald E. Boyd, 2007, and envelope "Found Art by Don Boyd".

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Box 2

3-D Works

Dietrich Albrecht -- Untitled , 1970.

Alison Deuine -- Tie , 1966.

Alison Wolfe -- Tie , 1965.

Gold whistle, no date.

Fur covered dish with ballooon, no date.

Hole punch with plastic object, no date.

Mechanical object , no date.

Gabor Altorjay -- Kurzschlussobjeckt, no date.

Bob Corley -- Eyeglass , 1965.

Julian Street -- The Pylons , 1967.

Monte Cazzara -- Untitled, 1971.

Dada is Everywhere, no date.

Eric Anderson -- In Case of Ermergency:, no date.

Box 3

3-D Works

Toy drum, 1969.

Miniature mail bag, no date.

Greg Sharits--prototype Fluxbox, "Plastic Box Event," no date.

Melachrino box with seashells, New England, 1966.

Block with rainbow stripes, no date.

Calligraphy pen tips, no date.

Metal bells (4), 1968 -- 70.

Temperature and humidity scale, no date.

Brown paper bag full of black and white marbles and plastic stoppers, no date.

Epaulet braid, 1967.

Red leather coin purse full of die, metal chains, jewelry, and coins, 1967 -- 70.

Champion Spark Plugs can, 1968.

Ben Vautier - glass bottle labeled "$1 Dirty Water Brand from Flux Mill nice," no date.

Box 4

3-D Works

Plastic bag numbered 105, no date.

Serenader pitch-pipe, no date.

Nam June Paik -- Fluxrelic from performance: Black Silk in a Plastic Canister, 1971.

Amy de Neergaard--Metal canister containing a glass tub with a dead butterfly labeled "The remains of the alfatah after it was bombed by the manger . . ."

Small metal canister withplastic 3 Readers Digest tokens and 1 ID coin inside, 1968 -- 69.

Miniature deck of Old Maid playing cards, no date.

Tea strainer, New York, 1966.

Blue plastic box , no date.

Checkers and "standard checkers" lid, 1967.

2 wooden rulers, 1970.

Fluxus West -- Fluxfest , 1967.

W. Feelisch made with Tommy Mew -- rubber stamp with designs by K. Friedman, no date.

Eric Stratton -- Little Statues , 1969.

Gregory H. Sweigert -- Tag , 1968.

Untitled , 1970.

Frank Zappa -- Tres Flores , 1970.

Eleanor Ballov -- Necklace , 1970.

Stefan Wewerka -- Hanger , no date.

Ken Friedman -- Swizzle Sticks (3 separate cannisters) , 1954 -- 61, used at Fluxus West, 1967.

Louis Mannich -- Collage, no date.

G. Brecht -- Nutbone a Yamfest Movie , no date.

Don Leicht -- Lunch Money Tray , 1981.

Thad Freeman -- Circular Mobile in three pieces (metal), 1968.

Anonymous -- "Too Late for Christmas," no date.

Edition Hundertmark -- Hommage á Valoch, no date.

Box 5 (note: works in this box were included in Fluxus: A Conceptual Country)

3-D Works

Takehisa Kosugi -- Events, 1964.

Plastic Buddha on a string purportedly belonging to Nam June Paik, no date.

Benjamin Patterson -- Instruction No. 2, circa 1965.

George Maciunas -- Mystery Flux Animal, circa 1965.

Ben Vatier -- Dirty Water, 1964.

Fluxus/Theatre D'Art Total, circa 1967.

Shigeko Kubota -- Flux Medicine, circa 1966.

George Brecht -- Deck by George Brecht/ A Fluxgame, circa 1966.

Mieko (Cheiko) Shiomi -- Water Music, 1964.

Olivier Mosset/"Total Art Nice" -- Flux Dots, 1969.

Serge III Oldenbourg/"Total Art Nice" -- Flux Contents, 1969.

Andre Thomkins -- Zahnscutz gegen gummiparagraphen, no date.

John Chick -- Flux Food, circa 1969.

Robert Watts -- Flux Timekit, circa 1967.

Robert Filliou -- Fluxdust collected by Robert Filliou, circa 1966.

Jack Coke's Farmers Cooperative -- Find the End/ A Fluxgame, circa 1969.

James Riddle -- E.S.P. Fluxkit (4 copies), circa 1966.

Box 6 (note: works in this box were included in Fluxus: A Conceptual Country)

3-D Works

Eric Anderson -- 182550-182949 (Edition Hundermark), 1971.

Untitled (four multiples), no date.

Gerhard Ruhm -- Voyeurobjekt (Edition Hundermark), 1969 -- 1971.

Klaus Staek -- Sieg Heil "Wir Setzan uns Durch," 1968.

Ecology necklace belong to Milan Knizak, no date.

Catalogue for exhibition titled "Les Paravents" La Galerie Ben Doute De Tout, held at Ben Vaituer's Galerie De La Salle in Venice, 31 July - 6 August, 1971.

Dieter Rot -- Taschenzimmer, 1969. (Lithograph with banana slice per Keith Buchholz)

Ben Vautier -- Fluxbox Containing God, circa 1969.

Wolfgang Feelisch -- Fluxus Keeps Left, 1970.

George Maciunas -- New Flux Year, circa 1965.

Endre Tot -- Cup with Shoe Lace, no date.

Box 7

3-D Works

Albert M. Fine -- Piece for Fluxorchestra, circa 1967.*

George Bracht -- Fluxus Games and Puzzles (4 versions), no date.

Geroge Maciunas -- Flux Snow Game (2 copies), no date.

Robert Watts -- Fluxsand Hide and Seek, no date.

Fingerprint, no date.

Events, 1964.

Fluxrock, marked by volume in CC (two wooden circles and a rock with number 75), no date.

Robert Filliou -- Optimist Box #3, no date.

Takehisa Kosugi -- Events, 1964.

Ben Vautier -- Theater D'Art Total, 1976.

Serge III Oldenbourg/"Total Art Nice"--Flux Contents, no date.

Ay-O -- Finger Box, no date.

Box 8 (note: works in this box were included in Fluxus: A Conceptual Country)

3-D Works

Jochen Gerz -- Postsachen, 1968 -- 1972.

George Maciunas -- American Flag Samurai Hood, 1967 -- 68.

Flux Year Box 2 (Maciunas editor of this collaborative multiple), circa 1968.

Hair from Yoko Ono Haricutting Event, 1966.

Box 9

3-D Works

Don Boyd -- Flux Box II, c. 2003.

Mieko (Chieko) Shiomi -- Events and Games, circa, 1964.*

George Maciunas and Robert Watts -- Prototype for Watts Fluxrock, no date.*

David Mayor -- Fragmen, 1972.*

Don Boyd -- Fluxus West Leather Envelope, 1977.*

Robert Filliou, Daniel Spoerri, and Roland Topor -- Monsters are Inoffensive, circa 1968.*

George Maciunas -- New Flux Year, circa 1965.*

Box 10 (oversize)

2-D Works

Anonymous -- Collage of identical images of S. Brad Hunt, founder and Chairman of the Board of American Life and Accident Insurance Company of St. Louis (sighned S. Brad Hunt), 1971.

Beach (Etching), 1960.

Blei -- O For the Soft Machinery of Earth and the Windmill Working It without Us (watercolor), no date.

George Maciunas -- Fluxfest Sale, no date.

Fluxus (Its Historical Development and Relationship to Avant-garde Movements), no date.

Larry Mason -- Untitled, no date.

Ben Vautier -- Drawing, 1968.

3 drawings, 1972.

2 drawings, no date.

Jean-Pierre Zaugg -- 2 untitled prints, 1971.

Posters, Announcements, Ephemera

Poster for "Gigantic/See the Light/Happening" held at the Bifrost Bridge, no date.

Poster for "Fluxus a biographical installation of events and collaborative projects," "Fluxus Concert and Valentine Event," directed by Peter Frank, and "Friedman," held at the Interart Gallery, New York, 1982.

Poster for "Fluxshoe," no date.

Poster for "A Tribute to John Cage," by Nam June Paik, televised event, 1976.

Box 11 Stored at ATCA Offsite Oversized location . (See and inventory at  L:\librarydata\special collections\Large Collections\atca\ATCA Collections by Location_files\ATCA Collections by Location.htm)

3-D Works

Gregory H. Sweigart -- Leather strips tying plastic bags containing leather strips (35 bags)

Box 12 (oversize) Stored at ATCA Offsite Oversized location. (See and inventory at  L:\librarydata\special collections\Large Collections\atca\ATCA Collections by Location_files\ATCA Collections by Location.htm)

3-D Works

Milan Knizak -- Objekte (Edition Hundertmark) (labeled box with metal paper glider and yellow sponge in shape of hammer and sickle inside; sponge used in Fluxus: A Conceptual Country), 1970.

Box 13 (oversize) Stored at ATCA Offsite Oversized location. (See and inventory at  L:\librarydata\special collections\Large Collections\atca\ATCA Collections by Location_files\ATCA Collections by Location.htm)

Checkered shirt and tube shirt, 1967.

2 brown raincoats, New York, 1966-used to perform Brecht Aqueous Events.

Pea coat, New York-New England performance tour, 1966.

Box 14 (oversize)Stored at ATCA Offsite Oversized location. (See and inventory at  L:\librarydata\special collections\Large Collections\atca\ATCA Collections by Location_files\ATCA Collections by Location.htm)

White T-shirt with "The Happy Day School" printed on it, no date.

White T-shirt with "The Happy Day Camp" printed on it, no date.

Denim pants leg, Fluxus West, 1969 (Knizak performance).

"Happy Day Nursery School" bag, 1967.

Blue performance T-shirt (intentionally torn), used in Milan Knizak performance, 1969.

Yellow-green shower curtain, 1968 -- 69.

Green shirt sleeve (for Kosugi performance), 1967 -- 69.

Drumhead (educative toys), no date.

Box 15 (oversize)Stored at ATCA Offsite Oversized location. (See and inventory at  L:\librarydata\special collections\Large Collections\atca\ATCA Collections by Location_files\ATCA Collections by Location.htm)

Medical Scrubbs -- 7 pairs of pants, 3 shirts, from "Marching Down to Washington," performance at Shaker Seed House, Tyringham, MA, 1972.

Potato sacks (2), flour sack, and some stamps, 1968.

Box of jumbo straws (Esco Maid), 1966.

Metal Arrow sign, no date.

Coca-Cola thermometer, 1968.

Ken Friedman -- Captain's Shoes (pair of shoes with Nails and String), 1967.

G. L. Nova -- "Midnight Spacial," no date.

M. Ravicz -- Sacred Cookies, no date.

Box 16 (oversize)Stored at ATCA Offsite Oversized location. (See and inventory at  L:\librarydata\special collections\Large Collections\atca\ATCA Collections by Location_files\ATCA Collections by Location.htm)

Burnt cork object in frame, no date.

Box 17 (oversize)Stored at ATCA Offsite Oversized location. (See and inventory at  L:\librarydata\special collections\Large Collections\atca\ATCA Collections by Location_files\ATCA Collections by Location.htm)

Rock with holes, used as candelabra (and) in conjunction with Watts rocks, 1967.

Ken Friedman -- Found Corner (iron square with nails), 196?.

Box 18 (oversize)Stored at ATCA Offsite Oversized location. (See and inventory at  L:\librarydata\special collections\Large Collections\atca\ATCA Collections by Location_files\ATCA Collections by Location.htm)

Square with hooks and 3 labels-Balsa Wood, no date.

Rope, no date.

Crumby's Horse's Head-"Polky," no date.

Box 19 (oversize) Stored at ATCA Offsite Oversized location. (See and inventory at  L:\librarydata\special collections\Large Collections\atca\ATCA Collections by Location_files\ATCA Collections by Location.htm)

"Stradivarius," (2 violins used during a Fluxus performance), no date.*

Neil Felts -- Genocide (floormat), 1972.

Box 20 (oversize) Stored at ATCA Offsite Oversized location. (See and inventory at  L:\librarydata\special collections\Large Collections\atca\ATCA Collections by Location_files\ATCA Collections by Location.htm)

Black shirt, no date.

White sweatshirt with marijuana image printed on it, no date.

White sweatshirt with Egyptian hieroglyphs printed on it, no date.

Striped shirt, no date.

White T-shirt with "The Happy Day Camp" printed on it, no date.

Yello, black , and red sweater, no date.

Japanese bathrobe, no date.

Pink silk pajamas, no date.

Light blue shirt, no date.

Plaid sport coat, no date.

Jean cutt-off shorts, no date.

Royal blue scarf, no date.

Green vest, no date.

Plaid jacket, no date.

Blue pants and jacket, no date.

Light blue pajama top, no date.

Apron with Hebrew letters printed on it, no date.

Box 21Stored at ATCA Offsite Oversized location. (See and inventory at  L:\librarydata\special collections\Large Collections\atca\ATCA Collections by Location_files\ATCA Collections by Location.htm)

Black shirt, no date.

George Brecht -- white shirt with drawings on it, no date.

Green jacket with "Cream Pecker '67," written on it, 1967.

Box 22Stored at ATCA Offsite Oversized location. (See and inventory at  L:\librarydata\special collections\Large Collections\atca\ATCA Collections by Location_files\ATCA Collections by Location.htm)

Jack Ox -- Pyramid number 7, 1979.

Box 23 Stored at ATCA Offsite Oversized location. (See and inventory at  L:\librarydata\special collections\Large Collections\atca\ATCA Collections by Location_files\ATCA Collections by Location.htm)

Enzo Mari -- Deformazione ottico de namica di un cubo in una sfera serie a punti C, 1959-1963.

Map Case DrawerStored at ATCA Offsite Oversized location. (See and inventory at  L:\librarydata\special collections\Large Collections\atca\ATCA Collections by Location_files\ATCA Collections by Location.htm)

2-D works

Mark (Thad) Freeman -- An Armpit Manifesto , no date.

Nam June Paik --photocopy of Sifonie for 20 Rooms (First sketch), 1961.

3 flyers for Fluxus West

Louis Nussbaumer -- photos of drawings, 9 x 12, no date.

Gérald Dueimetiere -- photo series:

            Monument II , 1972

            Monument , 1972

            Exhibition in the Museum of Basil , 1972

            Identification , 1972

            Bois! , 1973

Diggers-1% Free Poster, no date.

Poster for 23 rd Annual Fireman's Ball, Croan Hall, Mendocina, 1971.

"Hanger" (Pencil drawing on corrugated cardboard), 1968.

JRF -- Untitled  (Pencil drawing on paper), 1977.

Robert Watts -- black turtleneck with painted on bowtie, no date.

Fluxus stationary and masks (Macuinas baring teeth and anatomical diagram), no date.

Ken Friedman -- Antonio Canova print, 1967.

Frank Pileggi -- Untitled (photograph of Charlotte Moorman), 1976.

(3-D Works) Stored at ATCA Offsite Oversized location. (See and inventory at  L:\librarydata\special collections\Large Collections\atca\ATCA Collections by Location_files\ATCA Collections by Location.htm)

Two Typewriters

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