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Benjamin Patterson (born 1934 in Pittsburgh, USA) is an American musician and an artist.
From 1956 to 1960, he worked as a double bassist at the Halifax Symphony Orchestra, the US Army 7th Army Symphony Orchestra and the Ottawa Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1960 he moved to Cologne, Germany where he became active on the contemporary music scene, focusing its activities at the studio of Mary Bauermeister. He was one of the founders of the Fluxus movement.
In 1963 he moved to New York, quitting his artistic activity, but 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.