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Fluxus Takes Root at University of Michigan Museum of Art

Consider Fluxus, if you will. This slice of avant-garde madness sprang up in the 1960s, because of course it did, with the reasoning that, after the heavy toil of World War II and the resulting suburban-entropy plaid-clad dullness of the 1950s, why the hell not just laugh at everything? George Maciunas, the movement’s godfather, as much as said specifically that in the Fluxus Manifesto: “…promote NON-ART REALITY to be grasped by all peoples, not only critics, dilettantes and professionals…” See? It’s We Art The World. Laughter and frivolity for all! Anyway, spring’s finally just about here, and Fluxus, with its constant emphasis on new ways of looking at old things, is a pretty good way of welcoming the warmth, and the real start of the new year. If you’re up around Ann Arbor, there’s a new Fluxus exhibition at the University of Michigan Museum of Art through May 20. (Michael H. Hodges, Detroit News)