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Release: Aug. 25, 2000

UI Museum of Art will show works by Fluxus 'art [net]worker' Ken Friedman Sept. 9-Nov. 26

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- "Ken Friedman: Art[net]worker Extra-Ordinare," an exhibition of works by a leading Fluxus artist, will be on display in the Carver Gallery of the University of Iowa Museum of Art Sept. 9-Nov. 26.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Friedman will be in Iowa City for "An Afternoon with Ken Friedman" at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24 in the museum. On this occasion he will complete a conceptual piece, "A Whispered History," created with salt and butter.

In the 1960s Fluxus was an international laboratory of experimental artists, architects, composers and designers -- including Joseph Beuys, Nam June Paik and Yoko Ono -- who were questioning the very nature of what art could be. These artists wanted to move away from art defined by physical materials to a new practice of idea, action and process. Fluxus has been characterized as "the most radical and experimental art movement of the 1960s."

Friedman, who is one of the youngest members of the Fluxus group, has described his work as "a family picnic of good, hard-working folks, artists, bankers, politicians, plumbers, all having a go at the most complex of human activities -- creative participation in the arts." Today, he is known as an artist and a theorist of what is known as intermedia, or cross-disciplinary, art.

Friedman has also presented numerous performances, lectures and exhibitions, assembled collections and published works by other artists. Through these activities Friedman opened a community of creative experience to everyone who was interested -- those who were already artists, and those who were stimulated by Fluxus ideas. For Friedman, sharing information and promoting creativity was a form of social action.

Alongside a cross section of Friedman's diverse correspondence works, relief sculpture, drawings, prints, publications, assemblages, collections of found objects and "Fluxclothing," the exhibition includes selections from his "Fluxus Mythologica" designs, prototypes and sketches. Several of the works were made in collaboration with other Fluxus artists including Paik and Beuys.

All works in the exhibition are part of the UI Alternative Traditions in the Contemporary Arts Collection, and are also available on the World Wide Web through a collaborative project sponsored by Special Collections, UI Libraries.

The exhibit is accompanied by the book "Alternative Traditions in the Contemporary Arts: Subjugated Knowledges and the Balance of Power," by Estera Milman, director of the UI Alternative Traditions in the Contemporary Arts Collection, and is partially funded with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open 10 a.m. to
5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots across from the museum on Riverside Drive and just north of the museum.

For information on the UI Museum of Art, visit on the World Wide Web. Information is available on other UI arts events at

M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Inc. of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor for events at the UI Museum of Art during the 2000-2001 season, through the University of Iowa Foundation.