FLUXORCHESTRA: THE 83rd FLUXUS CONCERT, Carnegie Recital Hall, New York, 1965

Artists: Conducted by La Monte Young, with participation of Ben Vautier, Mieko (Chieko) Shiomi, George Brecht, Yoko Ono, Anthony Cox, Adriano Olivetti, Robert Watts, Tomas Schmit, Stan Vanderbeek, and Joe Jones

Invitation design: George Maciunas

Costume Design: Robert Watts

Performances: September 25, 1965, 7:30 p.m. (Rehearsals on September 23)

Dimensions: 43.2 x 29.9 cm

Further Information: Sixteen different performance pieces (of which detailed information is provided in Fluxorchestra Circular Letter No. 2, which you can see in the box on the right). As was usually the case, Maciunas employed his trademark typography and graphic design, often involving ephemera from the Fluxus events he organized over two decades. For the Fluxorchestra event at Carnegie Recital Hall, the posters and flyers were distributed to the audience as paper airplanes, thrown during the performance. “The sheets were dispersed to the public during these events, in some cases following detailed instructions from Maciunas specifying their quantity, timing, and placement. The posters themselves are now seen to embody the Fluxus ideal of mass-marketed, mass-accessible and often ephemeral art” (quote via MoMA).


Images: The image of this invitation is part of the online collection of Archiv der Avantgarden, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden.

Ben VautierGeorge BrechtGeorge MaciunasLa Monte YoungRobert WattsStan VanderbeekTomas SchmitYoko Ono

Fluxorchestra Circular Letter No. 2 (1965, found via www.fondazionebonotto.org) shows detailed descriptions of all sixteen pieces performed at Fluxorchestra: 83rd Fluxus Concert at Carnegie Recital Hall in New York, 1965

FLUXORCHESTRA CIRCULAR LETTER No. 2, 1965 © The authors, image via https://www.fondazionebonotto.org
Fluxorchestra Circular Letter No. 2, 1965 © The authors, image via https://www.fondazionebonotto.org