Weissman School of Arts and Sciences

Professor Bernstein's Book Featured at Vilnius Exhibition, "George Maciunas: Father of SoHo"

R.Bernstein & Sh.Shapiro in Vilnius R.Bernstein, Shael Shapiro


The exhibition entitled "George Maciunas: Father of SoHo," celebrated the publication of Illegal Living: 80 Wooster Street and the Evolution of SoHo, by authors Roslyn Bernstein and Shael Shapiro. The exhibition opened June 1st in Vilnius, Lithuania, which seeks to become the 21st Century's capital of Fluxus. It runs until September 1st.

Illegal Living Hits Bookshelves

George Maciunas, Lithuanian-American architect and visionary founder of the Fluxus art movement, conceived the idea of establishing cooperative buildings in New York City where people could freely work and create. Rare documents, photos, maps, and correspondence detail the excruciating process of the legalization of SoHo, transforming the entire downtown area.

"The SoHo phenomenon was an important creative initiative that made a significant impact on social urban development in New York," stated Arturas Zuokas, founder of the Jonas Mekas Visual Arts Center.

Hundreds of artists, including Allen Ginsberg, Philip Glass, John Lennon, Hermann Nitsch, Yoko Ono, Nam June Paik, and Andy Warhol were drawn to the building by Jonas Mekas' Cinematheque and showed their work in and around it.

The exhibition is being hosted by the Jonas Mekas Visual Arts Center, the Jonas Mekas Foundation and The American Center.  

TEXT SOURCE: Jonas Mekas Foundation (edited by J D Sallen)

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