Christian Marclay

Paula Cooper Gallery

Midwifed by the entrepreneurial George Maciunas in New York in the early ’60s, the eclectic, electrifying din of Fluxus performance continues in somewhat subdued form to this day but is most often confined to a staid world of reverential museum surveys. The antimovement’s alteration and destruction of musical instruments and ritual reenactments of daily activities like cutting hair and cooking exist now in the form of documentary photographs and Super-8 film, while the found objects used in the process have achieved the status of holy relics, preserved in institutional archives around the world. One of the largest such repositories is at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, where New York–based Christian Marclay is currently artist in residence and where he produced Shake, Rattle and Roll (fluxmix), 2004, a room-size video installation that was the centerpiece of this exhibition.


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