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Ken Friedman

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There are two known artists by the name of Ken Friedman.

1. Ken Friedman, (born September 19, 1949 in New London, Connecticut) is a seminal figure in Fluxus, an international laboratory for experimental art, architecture, design, literature, and music. He had his first solo exhibition in New York in 1966. He has also been involved with mail art, and he has written extensively about Fluxus and Intermedia. Friedman has edited several Fluxus publications and has been widely published in peer reviewed academic journals as well as in popular and small press publications. He has worked closely with other Fluxus artists and composers such as George Maciunas, Dick Higgins, and Nam June Paik, as well as collaborating with John Cage and Joseph Beuys. He was the general manager of Dick Higgins Something Else Press in the early 1970s.

2. In 1980, under Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s direction, Ken Friedman began to teach dharma to young people in the community. From 1980-1988, Ken held after-school storytelling sessions for the very young children, weekend programs for the teenagers, and a 10-day summer study and practice session at Rocky Mountain Dharma Center. For many years, he also served as Gesar Mukpo’s Buddhist-Shambhala tutor.

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