Distinguished Professor at Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts, founder of El Museo del Barrio in NYC, recipient of the UCLA Medal (2017) and internationally known performance/video artist, Dr. Raphael Montañez Ortiz, B.S., MFA, M.Ed, D.ED will present a multimedia lecture on his art work, Dada Performance events, publications and teaching concerns for 21st century artists.
Dr. Donna Gustafson, PhD., Curator of American Art and Mellon Director for Academic Programs at the Zimmerli Art Museum, will talk about the history of the Fluxus Movement at Rutgers, ongoing influences on present day art theory and practice in music, dance, theater & site specific installations around the world. Dr. Gustafson will also screen a performance of the Zimmerli Flux Orchestra with Mason Gross students led by Larry Miller in 2012.
Other Highland Park/Middlesex County artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, George Segal, Joan Snyder, Geoff Hendricks, Allan Kaprow. Mimi Smith, George Brecht, Phil Orenstein, and Allison Knowles will also be highlighted. Questions and answers from the audience will be highly encouraged!
This is the beginning of a yearly series, sponsored by the Highland Park Art Commission, documenting and presenting the history and presence of famous Highland Park artists, scientists (Earle Dickson, J&J inventor of the band-aid), Macarthur scholars (Suzanne Lebsock) and writers (Junot Diaz, Amiri Baraka, Mark Doty, et al) who have made an impact on Rutgers, the NYC art scene and world history.