Dick Higgins archive

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This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

135 boxes of material consisting of correspondence, drafts for published and unpublished works, collages, slides of large paintings and graphic productions, films, audio and videotapes, performance scores, and photographs documenting the interests and activities of artist and Fluxus co-founder Dick Higgins from his early experiments with intermedia and collaborations with other artists in the 1960s to projects current at the time of his death in 1998. The collection includes Higgins's own documentation of the status and history of his projects in the form of lists, photographs and slides, and descriptive essays.

Biographical Historical Note

Poet, printer, composer, artist and critical theorist Dick Higgins described the fusion of the arts as “intermedia,” his term for experimental artistic expression which crossed the boundaries of media traditionally divided into poetry, drama, music, and visual arts. Higgins was one of the co-founders of Fluxus and publisher of Something Else Press (1964-1973), Unpublished Editions (1972-1977), and Printed Editions (1978-1985). He wrote notations and scores for performance Happenings which fused theatre and music; created paintings, sculpture, films and large graphics; and participated in symposia to define concepts in the new movement. He was married to Fluxus artist Alison Knowles.

Additional Notes

Related collections: John Cage Correspondence and John Cage Correspondence Addenda, John Cage Notations Project Collection, Carl Weissner Archive, and Jan Herman Archive, Northwestern University Library.