Fluids: A Happening by Allan Kaprow Reinvented by Art Theory & Practice


Fluids by Allan Kaprow, Reinvented by Art Theory & Practice

During three hours, two cubic structures of ice blocks were built on the plaza outside the Block Museum. Their walls were unbroken. They were left to melt.

The Block Museum and Northwestern's Department of Art Theory and Practice recreated conceptual artist Allan Kaprow’s seminal sculpture/performance work “Fluids” on the Plaza outside the Block Museum.

More than 50 Northwestern students, faculty, and staff and members of nearby communities stacked approximately 375 blocks of ice, by hand, to create two large cubic structures, each about 8 feet in height and 10 feet in length and width.

Once completed, the structures were left to melt away.

The project grew out of a class taught by Professor Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, a MacArthur Foundation Fellow and internationally renowned artist.

Watch a video about Fluids at Northwestern.

IMAGE: Allan Kaprow, Fluids, Happening, 1967/2012. Reinvention by the Department of Art Theory & Practice and the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern Univerity.