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Identification and Creation
Object Number
M26449
People
George Maciunas, American (Kaunas, Lithuania 1931 - 1978 Boston, MA)
Published by Fluxus, American
Title
Excreta Fluxorum
Classification
Multiples
Work Type
multiple
Date
1973
Places
Creation Place: North America, United States
Culture
American
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/29154
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Plastic box with offset printed labels containing various animal droppings
Technique
Mixed technique
Dimensions
box: 9.3 x 12 x 2.5 cm (3 11/16 x 4 3/4 x 1 in.)
Provenance
Barbara Moore, Bound/Unbound, New York, New York, partial gift partial purchase; to Harvard University Art Museums, June 28, 2005.
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Standard Reference Number
S. 272
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Barbara and Peter Moore Fluxus Collection, Margaret Fisher Fund and gift of Barbara Moore/Bound & Unbound
Copyright
© George Maciunas Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
Accession Year
2005
Object Number
M26449
Division
Modern and Contemporary Art
Contact
am_moderncontemporary@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Excreta Fluxorum seems to have been one of Maciunas' favorite works, existing as it does in several different versions. Except for the single sample included in Flux Yearbox 2, this is the smallest. Others include a version with 24 specimens, one with 36, and one with 34. Barbara Moore has recalls that Maciunas often had all sorts of animal droppings "curing" on top of the large furnace in the basement of 80 Wooster St. The contents of the Fogg version are remarkably similar to those of the version in the collection of the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth University.
Publication History

Jon Hendricks, Fluxus Codex, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, 1988), pp. 337-8

Exhibition History

Multiple Strategies: Beuys, Maciunas, Fluxus, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 02/24/2007 - 06/10/2007

32Q: 1100 60’s Experiment, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/10/2019 - 10/04/2021

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