Alison Knowles


Carnegie Museum of Art
May 20, 2016–October 24, 2016

For five decades, visual artist and poet Alison Knowles (b. 1933) has expanded the boundaries of art with her performative work and participatory installations. Taking ordinary things such as books, beans, shoes, and strings as curious points of departure, she engages our senses and invites us to share in her intimate way of seeing the world. The exhibition–the first at any museum to consider the breadth of the artist’s work across media—features a focused selection of key pieces from the 1960s to the present, including interactive sculptures; sound-making objects; large works on paper, silk, and canvas; and a selection of the artist’s own collected ephemera.

Since the 1960s, Knowles has performed her “event scores” around the world, inviting audiences to take part in their completion. During the exhibition’s opening event, hundreds of Pittsburghers participated in her iconic Celebration Red (1962), by contributing to a temporary installation of found red objects in the CMOA’s iconic Hall of Sculpture.

Curator: Eric Crosby

“A Long-deserved Close Look at Alison Knowles, First-lady of Fluxus,” Whitehot Magazine, November 2016
For Alison Knowles, Anything Can Be Art,” Hyperallergic, August 2016
Her Ordinary Materials: Fluxus Artist Alison Knowles on her Carnegie Museum Show,” ArtNEWS, June 2016


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