Benjamin Patterson Artist Talk: Artists at the Institute: Benjamin Patterson

Institute of Fine Arts, New York University MAP
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Benjamin Patterson is best known as a key figure in the international experimental artists’ network Fluxus, which was most active in the late 1950s and early ’60s but continues to the present day. His highly influential practice, combining music, visual arts, and performance, is aligned with the Fluxus ethos, which challenged traditional artmaking modes. In this artist’s talk, he will discuss his exploration of the notion of systems in art, music, and text—and his involvement in a variety of experimental practices, including the use of everyday materials and gestures, live action, and chance.

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Three Duets, Seven Variations, a special series for the Performa 13 biennial, pairing six intergenerational artists for seven programs, is presented as part of Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art. This program is organized by Adrienne Edwards, Performa, and Thomas J. Lax, The Studio Museum in Harlem.

Radical Presence is curated by Valerie Cassel Oliver, Senior Curator, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, and presented in New York in two parts: Part I at New York University’s Grey Art Gallery (September 10–December 7, 2013) and Part II at The Studio Museum in Harlem (November 14, 2013–March 9, 2014).

Organized in conjunction with the Graduate Student Association of NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts.

Event Title
Date & Time
  • Sat. Nov 16, 2:45 pm
An exchange between artist and viewer in which the artist offers participants hats constructed from newspapers in exchange for an idea.
  • Sat. Nov 16, 1:00 pm
  • Sat. Nov 16, 4:00 pm
Pond is one of Patterson’s earliest action scores, written for nine performers and inviting the spectator to become participant
  • Tue. Nov 12, 8:00 pm
The first-ever retrospective concert of the Fluxus founder's “action as composition” works.