George Maciunas - Dedicated Museums and Collections

Dedicated Museums and Collections

Maciunas’ work has been exhibited in many of the major museums around the world with archives held in The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, The Getty Research Institute, and Staatsgalerie Stuttgart. Recently acquired from the Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection, The Museum of Modern Art currently holds the largest collection of Maciunas and Fluxus works of 10,000 items. As part of a touring exhibition organized by Dartmouth College, Maciunas’ work was most recently featured in “Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life” at New York University’s Grey Gallery in fall 2011 and University of Michigan’s Museum of Art in spring 2012.

The Maya Stendhal Gallery located in Chelsea has held multiple exhibitions devoted to the legacy and work of George Maciunas. In 2005, the Maya Stendhal Gallery presented "To George With Love: From the Personal Collection of Jonas Mekas," which displayed original drawings, posters, objects, and other Fluxus items as well as various films from the Fluxfilm Anthology, a collection of 41 films made by Fluxus artists. In 2006, the gallery presented "George Maciunas, 1953-1978: Charts Diagrams, Films, Documents, and Atlases." In 2007, the Maya Stendhal Gallery collaborated with the city of Vilnius, Lithuania, to open the Jonas Mekas Visual Arts Center. The center's inaugural exhibition examined the lives and work of prominent figures within the history of the avant-garde, including George Maciunas. In 2008, the gallery held an exhibition devoted to Maciunas’ architectural projects, in particular, a utopian housing structure Maciunas drafted in the late fifties and early sixties, entitled "George Maciunas: Prefabricated Building Systems."

The George Maciunas/Fluxus Foundation, active since November 2011, has presented exhibitions on the contemporary applications of Maciunas' inventions and theories regarding education and architecture. These exhibitions have explored his ideas as precursors to adaptive design processes and global networks. The foundation is currently holding an exhibition on Maciunas' architectural work centered on his prefabricated modular mass-housing system known as Fluxhouse. "Fluxcity: Prefabricated/Modular Solution for Social Housing" can be viewed worldwide in a conceptual web exhibit and related works will be presented in the foundation's Chelsea gallery space in New York City in September 2012.

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