Date of Award

Fall 12-21-2015

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Joachim Pissarro

Second Advisor

Howard Michael Singerman

Academic Program Adviser

Nebahat Avcioglu


"Archival Enactment, Retelling 'The Big Book': Alison Knowles, Something Else Press and Fluxus," positions Knowles’ Big Book (1966) as a case study of historical methodology and interdisciplinary artistic practice in the post-war period. This comprehensive analysis of Big Book, a work of art no longer extant, contextualizes its publisher, Something Else Press through Dick Higgins’ concept of “intermedia,” and important lesser-known junctures relevant to Fluxus and the group’s leader George Maciunas are illuminated. Knowles' early and lesser-known silkscreen paintings are also examined.