Sunday, June 25, 2017

Benjamin Patterson

Benjamin "Ben" Patterson (1934 –2016) was an American musician, artist, and one of the founders of the Fluxus movement.
Benjamin Patterson was born in Pittsburgh. He attended the University of Michigan from 1952 to 1956, where he studied the contrabass, Composition, and Film Direction. As an African American musician, it was impossible for him to get a job at a symphony orchestra in the United States, so he started out playing with Canadian orchestras.

After quitting artistic activity, he continued his career in art. He worked as general manager in the Symphony of the New World, as Assistant Director of the Department of Cultural Affairs for New York City, as director of development for the Negro Ensemble Company and as National Director for Pro Musica Foundation Inc..

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