New York

George Maciunas

Maya Stendhal Gallery

Between 1957 and 1965, before establishing the downtown artist cooperatives that garnered him the nickname “The Father of SoHo,” Fluxus impresario George Maciunas drafted a set of ambitious building plans for newly constructed apartment complexes and single-unit dwellings. Unrealized in his lifetime, Maciunas’s Prefabricated Building System was intended not only to outdo the khrushchyovka apartment style—a concrete-panel system for multistory complexes that was used in the Soviet Union and throughout the Eastern bloc beginning in the 1950s—but also to promote a rigorously designed, multifunctional type of architecture that could be used for residential or institutional purposes in various environments at low production costs. Referred to popularly as Maciunas’s “Plastic Prefab,” the project was the focus of this exhibition, for which a three-dimensional model and virtual tour of a prototypical

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