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"Betwixt and Between: The Life and Work of Fluxus Artist Dick Higgins" - An Exhibition at the Columbia College Chicago Center for Book & Paper Arts

The Columbia College Chicago Center for Book & Paper Arts is proud to
present the exhibit "Betwixt and Between: The Life and Work of Fluxus
Artist Dick Higgins," the first retrospective exhibit covering the diverse
output of this extremely influential artist.  The exhibit was curated by
Higgins' daughter, Hannah Higgins (faculty at University of Illinois,
Chicago) and Fluxus-expert Simon Anderson (School of the Art Institute of
Chicago), and will run from Nov. 10 to Dec. 22, 2000.  There will be an
opening reception on Fri. Nov. 10, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Center for Book
& Paper Arts, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., 2nd floor.  The opening will be followed
by a performance of Higgins work at 7:30 p.m. at the Columbia College Music
Center, 1014 S. Michigan Ave, Room 207. Both the opening and performance
are free and open to the public.

  "Betwixt and Between" reflects the diversity of Higgins output, and
includes graphic work, paintings, prints, books from Something Else Press,
as well as audio work and video.  The performance event on Nov. 10,
organized by Columbia College faculty member Jeff Abell, will
feature musical works, poetry readings, as well as examples of Higgins
infamous "Danger Music" series.  Performers include Abell, violist Barbara
Steg, Alison Knowles, and curators Anderson and Higgins. Dick Higgins was
born in Cambridge, England in 1938, and died in Quebec City in 1998.  He
spent most of his 60 years living on the

Eastern seaboard of the U.S.  Higgins was a student of the composer John
Cage, and was one of the key figures in the politically-charged artmaking
activities of the so-called Fluxus group in the 1960s. Higgins and his wife
Alison Knowles were the founders of Something Else Press, which was one of
the most important venues for artists working in experimental book and
print forms.

Higgins was influential in a wide range of artforms.  In addition to
musical compositions and "performance art" works, he produced experimental
novels, published poetry, created original paintings and graphics, and
wrote influential theoretical texts.  His essays "Intermedia" (1965) and
"Boredom and Danger" (1967) were both seminal works in defining the
aesthetics of experimental art in the 1960s.

This exhibit, and the accompanying catalog, are supported by a grant from
the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.  Exhibit organized by Barbara
Lazarus Metz.

Philobiblon: Book Arts, Different By Design
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Peter D. Verheyen
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