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Alison Knowles: Make a Salad

Open Field Artist-in-Residence

Part of Open Field 2014, Art Expanded, 1958–1978

A leading member of the Fluxus artist group, Alison Knowles will be in-residence with her collaborator, Joshua Selman, to restage her iconic event score Make a Salad on Open Field. Event scores involve simple actions, ideas, and objects from everyday life recontexualized as performance. While each iteration of the piece is unique, the basic ingredients include Knowles preparing a massive salad by chopping the ingredients to live music, tossing it in the air, then serving it to the audience.

Originally performed in London at the Institute of Contemporary Art in 1962, Make a Salad has been presented more than a dozen times in cities around the world, most recently at the High Line in New York City in 2012, and in London at Tate Modern in 2008.

Knowles’s work is included in the Walker’s new exhibition Art Expanded: 1958–1978, which is concurrently on view.

About the Artist

Alison Knowles is known for her sound works, installations, performances, and publications as well as her collaborations with John Cage and Dick Higgins. Knowles has exhibited her work at numerous institutions and is the recipient of multiple grants and awards, including a Documenta Professorship at the Kunstakaedmie Kassel, the College Art Association Lifetime Achievement Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Funding

Open Field 2014 sponsor