In conjunction with the exhibition Happy!, NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale brings
Rob Pruitt’s Flea Market to Fort Lauderdale on
January 18 and 19, 2020. The internationally renowned contemporary artist, who The New York Times has called one of the
art world’s most popular provocateurs, has been staging his nomadic flea
markets around the world since 1999 in locations from New York to London’s Tate
Museum. Pruitt is inviting local artists and vendors to sell their wares during
the two-day happening, which will be held at NSU Art Museum (One East Las Olas
Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL).
Taking the form of a traditional open-air bazaar, Rob Pruitt’s Flea Market is an opportunity to meet artists and take home an original artwork in a relaxed atmosphere. By highlighting bartering and haggling as both economic and performative, and featuring a diverse array of goods from artwork to housewares, Pruitt’s Flea Market blurs the line between art and commerce.
The Flea Market will be open Saturday, January 18, 11 AM – 5 PM and Sunday, January 19, Noon – 5 PM. Admission is free to the public.
NSU Art Museum will also present a conversation with Rob
Pruitt and NSU Art Museum Director and Chief Curator Bonnie Clearwater on
Saturday, January 18 at 2 pm. Pruitt’s work
is currently on view at NSU Art Museum in the exhibition Happy! The talk is free with Museum admission. RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 954-262-0258.
central focus of NSU Art Museum’s Happy!
exhibition is a 2013 installation by Pruitt titled US, that includes 127
paintings with faces that express the full range of emotions. “These paintings,
as the title suggests, represent collective humanity,” notes NSU Art Museum
Director and Chief Curator Bonnie Clearwater. “Flea Market dates from an
earlier period of Pruitt’s career, when direct social interaction between
artist and viewer was an important element among many of his peers. The Flea
Market is a performative work of art that is activated through the interaction
between the artist vendors and the viewers.”
View Rob Pruitt’s flea market at the Tate:
For more information, visit nsuartmuseum.org or call 954-525-5500.
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