With NATO in town this weekend, you can expect a fair amount of political theater, from presidents and supreme commanders to protestors alike. But even without that particular incentive, the performance art scene in Chicago is happening! And I mean that literally.
Monday afternoon, at Northwestern University, students and staff will recreate Fluids, a historic piece by Fluxus artist Allan Kaprow, the man who also coined the term “happening” to describe artistic performances or situations.
Fluids is a giant structure made out of more than 300 blocks of ice, and like all good ephemeral art, it will eventually disappear. But the flurry of performance activity in our area isn’t going anywhere.
Roell Schmidt directs the performing arts space Links Hall.