People seem to understand, at least vaguely, what Dada is from the nonsense syllables of the name. Surrealism has made its way into popular usage: when something is strange and maybe even a little creepy, it’s described as surreal.

Fluxus is the outlier. It’s a weird word—intentionally so. Fluxus means to flow continuously or to change. Change can be a noun, but then it needs a subject or object, so we still have more questions instead of answers. What’s changing? Or what should change? “Fluxus Means Change: Jean Brown’s Avant-Garde Archive,” currently on view at the Getty Research Institute, explores these ideas.

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Author: Marcia Reed

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