Since the late 1950s, Raphael Montañez Ortíz has directly engaged with the violent and destructive tendencies of society through found objects and action-based art. A veteran of Fluxus and the Destruction Art movement of the 1960s, Ortíz is best known for his piano destruction concerts, but his practice encompasses film, video, sculpture, and subtler forms of performance art. At the MFA, Ortíz invites Boston-area performance artists, students, and the audience to engage in a new performance, WHAT DOES FLUXES HAVE TO DO WITH IT, 2013, which will be followed by a video screening of several rarely seen works.
This is a FREE event. Visit the facebook event page for more details. Wednesday nights after 4 pm admission is by voluntary contribution. Arrive early to explore the galleries and visit Slippery Surfaces, a video art exhibition in the Krupp Gallery (264) that includes a mesmerizing laser scratch video by Ortíz: The Kiss, 1985.
Funds provided by the generous support of Carolyn Fine Friedman and Jeremiah Friedman.
A special thanks to the performers and volunteers: Zayde Buti, Chealsea Anagnoson, Ashley Capachione, Creighton Baxter, Hayley Morgenstern, Gabriella Shypula, Karson Andrews, Eric Narvaez, Celina Greene, Andisa Jones, Ryan Hawk, Darian William Eck, Julianne Hooper, Joel Fernandes, Kelsie Lynch, Emily Radziwon, Mari Novotny Jones, and Alexa Beychok.