Intermedia: The Dick Higgins Collection

  September 8 - December 23, 2003

Public Programs

4:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 16, 2003
Symposium: Scholars Hannah Higgins, Chris Thompson, Owen Smith, artist Alison Knowles, and co-moderators Kathy O'Dell and Lisa Moren

The Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery presents Intermedia: The Dick Higgins Collection, which presents a rich, visually challenging collection of art assembled by the late Fluxus artist Dick Higgins and Something Else Press, acquired by UMBC. A student of the composer and artist John Cage, Higgins co-founded the influential Fluxus group, an experimental art movement that held that change is the only constant.

Fluxus was immediately interdisciplinary and international, blurring the boundaries of music, theatre, poetry and visual art. The Higgins Collection of objects, printed matter, audio cassettes, silkscreens, and hand letter press prints represents such well known artists as Joseph Beuys, John Cage, Alan Kaprow, Alison Knowles, George Maciunas, Carolee Schneemann and Emmett Williams. Intermedia presents the first opportunity to view this remarkable collection.

Complementing the exhibition will be an illustrated catalog.

On October 16th, a symposium will be held from 4 to 6 pm, featuring Hannah Higgins (University of Illinois at Chicago), Chris Thompson (Maine College of Art), Owen Smith (University of Maine), artist Alison Knowles, and co-moderators Kathy O'Dell and Lisa Moren. A reception will follow from 6 to 7 pm. Additionally, Fluxus artists Alison Knowles and Larry Miller will conduct a workshop and performance with UMBC students.

Intermedia has been supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Maryland State Arts Council and the Friends of the Library & Gallery.