FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 18, 2021
Lyman Allyn Art Museum
Press Contact: Rebecca Dawson, Director of Communications
860.443.2545 x2112 / [email protected]
LYMAN ALLYN ART MUSEUM SHOWCASES WORK BY FLUXUS ARTIST KEN FRIEDMAN
New London – The Lyman Allyn Art Museum announces the opening of Ken Friedman: 92 Events, on view Nov. 13, 2021 through Jan. 16, 2022.
92 Events presents works spanning six decades by New London-born American-Swedish artist Ken Friedman. Friedman produces conceptual, action-oriented, language-based works that challenge the idea of an artwork as a unique object. Throughout the exhibition, instructional texts navigate a fine line between sculptural proposition, absurdist action, and concrete poetry. From his earliest “events” as a young boy in New London, through his connections with Fluxus, the international movement that developed its anarchic approach to art making from the 1950s through to the present, Friedman’s work has questioned what art can be and who can make it.
This exhibition was conceived by the artist and Copenhagen-based art historian Peter van der Meijden and is touring globally, opening first in Shanghai in fall of 2019 and followed most recently by showings in New Zealand, Lithuania and Spain.
Kenneth S. Friedman (born September 19, 1949, New London, Connecticut) attended Shimer College, where he studied music theory and composition. He later received an MS from San Francisco State University and after that a Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Human Behavior at U.S. International University. He has taught courses in the literature of surrealism, the avant-garde, and expanded arts, all the while experimenting with many forms of conceptual art, from the graphic and concrete arts to music, writing and performance. Friedman founded Fluxus West in 1966 shortly after becoming acquainted with George Maciunas and other Fluxus members in New York.
For more information, please contact Rebecca Dawson by email at [email protected].
About the Lyman Allyn Art Museum
The Lyman Allyn Art Museum welcomes visitors from New London, southeastern Connecticut, and all over the world. Established in 1926 by a gift from Harriet Allyn in memory of her seafaring father, the Museum opened the doors of its beautiful neo-classical building surrounded by 12 acres of green space in 1932. Today, it presents a number of changing exhibitions each year and houses a fascinating collection of over 17,000 objects from ancient times to the present; artworks from Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe, with particularly strong collections of American paintings, decorative arts and Victorian toys and doll houses.
The museum is located at 625 Williams Street, New London, Connecticut, exit 83 off I-95. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sundays 1:00 – 5:00 pm; closed Mondays and major holidays. For more information call 860.443.2545, ext. 2129 or visit www.lymanallyn.org.