Fluxus Women: Now & Then

Wednesday, October 27, 6:30 pm


Mieko Shiomi & Alison Knowles at Shiomi's concert, Washington Square Galleries,

New York, Oct. 30, 1964.  Photo by Peter Moore © Estate of Peter Moore/VAGA, New York, NY


The Museum of Modern Art Library invites you to an evening of lectures and conversations devoted to women artists who helped to shape the Fluxus art movement.


With special guests:

Alison Knowles

Midori Yoshimoto

Julia Robinson


In conjunction with the current MoMA Library exhibition, Experimental Women in Flux: Selective Reading in the Silverman Reference Library, this event will feature artist Alison Knowles and art historians Midori Yoshimoto and Julia Robinson in discussions that address some of the complex and innovative works of visual, sound, performance, poetry, and book art by women of Fluxus.


Admission is free, but space is limited; please RSVP to Deborah Dewees at deborah_dewees@moma.org or 212.708.9430.




Japanese Women Artists and Fluxus

Midori Yoshimoto


Life in Art

Alison Knowles


In and Out of ‘The Big Book’

A conversation between Alison Knowles and Julia Robinson


Reception to follow




Wednesday, October 27, 6:30 pm

The Museum of Modern Art

4 West 54th Street

Cullman Education & Research Building

Celeste Bartos Theater

New York, NY 10019



Midori Yoshimoto is Associate Professor of Art History and Gallery Director at New Jersey City University. Her publications include the monograph, Into Performance: Japanese Women Artists in New York (Rutgers Univ. Press, 2005), and essays in Japanese Women Artists in Avant-garde Movements, 1950-1975 (Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Art, 2005) and Dissonances(Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, 2008). In 2010, she served as guest editor of the special issue of Women and Performance (Rutledge/NYU, 2010) on “Women and Fluxus.”


Alison Knowles is a visual artist known for her soundworks, installations, performances, publications, and event scores. Beginning in the early 1960s, Knowles traveled and performed with the Fluxus group throughout Europe, Asia and the United States.


Julia Robinson is Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History at New York University. Her essay "The Sculpture of Indeterminacy: Alison Knowles' Beans & Variations," has been republished in the "Chance" volume of the Documents in Contemporary Art Series (Whitechapel Gallery/MIT Press, 2010). She is curator of "The Anarchy of Silence: John Cage and Experimental Art" (MACBA), and "New Realisms: 1957-62: Object Strategies Between Readymade & Spectacle," on view at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia through October 2010.


Experimental Women in Flux: Selective Reading in the Silverman Reference Library is organized by Sheelagh Bevan with David Senior, and is on view through November 8th in the Cullman Building mezzanine. For more information about the exhibition, see:




Co-sponsored by The Library Council of The Museum of Modern Art and ARLIS/NY.