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Self-Destructing Art: Relive Jean Tinguely's Ephemeral Work


First Posted: 11/05/10 05:51 PM ET Updated: 05/25/11 07:10 PM ET

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Swiss painter and sculptor Jean Tinguely's self-destroying sculpture titled Homage to New York this weekend with the Flux Factory.

The sculpture originally debuted at New York City's Museum of Modern Art on March 17th, 1960 as a monument to the "fleeting beauty of decay." Made out of found objects, Homage to New York gradually melted until all that was left was a pile of charred rubble. His protest of the increasing commodification of art is just as relevant today and an assembly of artists wish to honor his vision at Brooklyn's the Flux Factory.

The Flux Factory, a non-profit arts organization dedicated to helping fund and promote innovative and collaborative art work, is staging a "Self-Destructing Art Show" featuring over fifteen artists. The show will be highly performative with some pieces disintegrating by the end of opening night and some slowly falling apart throughout the three-week show.

The show opens Saturday, November 6th at 11am. A reception and performances will begin at 6pm. If you happen to be at the New York Art Book Fair, there will be shuttles running to Flux Factory from PS1 throughout Saturday and Sunday. The factory is open weekends from Noon to 6pm through Tuesday, November 23rd. Also on Sunday, November 14th, they are hosting an artist talk.

Learn more about artist Jean Tinguely with this 1960 video:

The Flux Factory, 39-31 29th Street, Long Island City, NY 11101;
(718) 707-3362

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