80 Wooster Street and Fluxus – MO
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80 Wooster Street and Fluxus

We moved to Wooster Street in 74. During the renovation transitional period, it was transitional period when we lent, made a space available to other activities and that’s where Richard Foreman staged, I think, two maybe three of his very, very early productions and some other theatrical and a lot of music- where Phil Glass gave his first concert in New York, when he came back from India and his music changed. And Henry Flynt and Lamont Young, we had a lot of, Ornette Coleman, music going during that period.

 

 

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And then in, since we needed money to renovate the new building that we acquired in 79, in 79 we sold Wooster Street facility, place and used some of that money towards renovation of the new building. So the, the, the programs were discontinued practically by 79 on 80 Wooster Street. Now what 80 Wooster did also was that I had befriended, you know, George Maciunas already in 1952, 1953 and when he, when you know, began working, developing his little Fluxus movement and when in 67 I acquired 80 Wooster space he had no place to live so I gave him the basement to live and work. And that’s where he stayed for ten years until he was beaten up by mafia and had to move out of New York – that’s another story.

But all the activity, ten years of Fluxus activities took place at 80 Wooster Street and that was very of course, was very important for George, was very important for the whole Fluxus movement, that he had a place where he, you know, I allowed him to do whatever he wanted and, of course, he used the street also and Nam June Paik did some of his events there also with Charlotte Morman, it was a place not only of cinema but of Fluxus and some related activities of that period.

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