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Concrete Happenings invites art-lovers and car-lovers, artists and scholars, drivers and pedestrians to confront the power of public art — the strange power of a massive sculpture produced by Fluxus artist Wolf Vostell. In 1970, in Chicago, Vostell encased a Cadillac in concrete. The product of that “happening”, Concrete Traffic, was installed in the University of Chicago Campus North Parking Garage on October 1, 2016. It will serve as the provocation for a comprehensive suite of exhibitions and interactive public programs — performances, screenings, talks, art workshops, happenings — that offer unique opportunities to engage with a crucial art historical moment and movement, and to explore the intensities with which an artwork can form and transform its publics.
Images: Wolf Vostell, Concrete Traffic, 1970. Campus Art Collection, The University of Chicago. Photo by Michael Tropea. Art © The Wolf Vostell Estate.
More information here: www.arts.uchicago.edu/concrete-happenings