Saturday Feb 11 is “Fluxus Day” at the Chicago Cultural Center


Day of Free Events and Performances from the Avant-Garde Tradition
are Presented as Part of Fluxfest Chicago 2012 

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, in partnership with the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture, presents “Fluxus Day” featuring free art workshops and events from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. inspired by the Fluxus/Mail Art community on Saturday, February 11 at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.

The day-long event is presented in conjunction with Write Now: Artists and Letterforms, an exhibition in the Chicago Rooms of the Chicago Cultural Center that showcases a diverse range of recent works by artists utilizing letters and text in a wide array of mediums, including a section dedicated to the Fluxus/Visual Poetry Project, which features work by more than 100 artists from across the globe.

Following is the “Fluxus Day” schedule of events. For more information, visit chicagoculturalcenter.org, follow us on Twitter (@ChiCulturCenter) or ‘Like’ the Facebook page at facebook.com/chicagoculturalcenter. Admission to “Fluxus Day” and Write Now: Artists and Letterforms is free.

11 a.m. – 5 p.m. “Mailart Creation Station” – A space with supplies for making and sending Mailart. Coordinated by Stampland, Neosho and Adamandia Kapsalis.

12 – 5 p.m. “Fluxhibition 5.4” – Small flux-works from the Fluxmuseum will be shown and shared for the day. Coordinated by Cecil Touchon and the Fluxmuseum.

12 – 5 p.m. “Flux Free For All” – Featuring more than 2,000 small fluxworks from postcards to stamps and small objects available to be taken by attendees for free.

1 – 1:45 p.m. “Women In Bowlers” – A celebration of the women of Fluxus, from its beginnings until now. Coordinated by Picasso Gaglione with Dada Machine Fluxus.

2 – 2:45 p.m. “Long Form Flux” – Interactive performance pieces to occur throughout the hallways, stairwells and niches of the Chicago Cultural Center.

3 – 3:45 p.m. “Be Blank Consort” – Avant-garde poetry performance coordinated by John M. Bennett.

4 – 5 p.m. “One Ring Circus” – Contemporary Fluxus scores performed under the G.A.R. dome.

“Fluxus Day” at the Chicago Cultural Center is presented as part of Fluxfest Chicago 2012, coordinated by Keith A. Buchholz, with events taking place throughout the City from February 9 – 12, 2012.

Write Now: Artists and Letterforms
Open Now Through April 29, 2012
Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Rooms

For as long as there have been alphabets artists have explored the letterform, employing the fundamental element of written communication in many ways other than the setting of text. This exhibition presents recent works using letters and text in painting, printmaking, sculpture and video. Included in this exhibition is a Fluxus project with international submissions of mail art and concrete poetry.

The exhibition features more than 60 exhibitors–predominantly but not exclusively Chicago-based–including Jo Hormuth, Rick Valicenti, Ken Fandell, Jason Lazarus, Mario Gonzalez, Jr., Michael Thompson, Buzz Spector, Jason Pickleman, Joel Ross, Mike Genovese and more. Write Now is curated by Nathan Mason of the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture.

Gallery Talks with participating artists from the exhibition will take place on the following evenings at 6 p.m. in the Chicago Rooms.
Tuesday, February 14 – Erik DeBat
Wednesday, February 22 – Adelheid Mers
Tuesday, March 13 – Ian Weaver
Wednesday, March 21 – Jo Hormuth
Tuesday, April 10 – Rahmaan “Statik” Barnes
Wednesday, April 25 – Ken Fandell

Chicago Cultural Center

Originally built in 1897 as Chicago’s first central public library, the Chicago Cultural Center was established in 1991 as the nation’s first and most comprehensive free municipal cultural venue. Drawn by its beauty and abundant free public events, hundreds of thousands of visitors come to the Chicago Cultural Center every year, making it one of the most visited attractions in Chicago. This stunning landmark building is home to two magnificent stained glass domes, as well as free music, dance and theater events, films, lectures, art exhibitions and family events.

The Chicago Cultural Center is located at 78 E. Washington Street, Chicago. Viewing hours for exhibitions are Mondays through Thursdays, 8 am to 7 pm; Fridays, 8 am to 6 pm; Saturdays 9 am to 6 pm and Sundays, 10 am to 6 pm; the Center is closed on holidays. Admission to the Chicago Cultural Center and its exhibitions is free. Visit www.ChicagoCulturalCenter.org or call 312.744.6630for a complete schedule of events.