Volume 5, Number 1Download
The Flue was a periodical published between 1980 and 1989 by the venerable institution Franklin Furnace Archive, which was founded in 1976 by the artist Martha Wilson to present, preserve, interpret, proselytize, and advocate on behalf of avant-garde art, especially forms that may be vulnerable due to institutional neglect, cultural bias, their ephemeral nature, or politically unpopular content. The periodical took on a multitude of media forms and functions, from organizational newsletters to exhibition supplements and catalogs, to scholarly surveys of contemporary and historical artists’ book movements. This shapeshifting approach was supplemented by artists’ projects and a changing cast of editors and designers, most of whom were artists. In total, there were sixteen issues of The Flue across six volumes, and all have been digitized and made available online for the first time here.
This issue features a comprehensive calendar of performance art for the fall of 1987 as well as announcements for Franklin Furnace Archive’s benefit and exhibition Action Theatre: The Happenings of Ken Dewey, which was curated by Barbara Moore. Organizational news and calls for artists are also included.
25 x 18 inches
Artists / Editors: Lady Pink, Redy Story, Carol Sun
Designer: Jim Berkley and Carol Sun
Publisher: Franklin Furnace
Managing Editor (2021): James Hoff
Managing Designer (2021): Dan Bourke