Author of Astonishment: Charlotte Moorman at the Block Museum

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Author of Astonishment: Charlotte Moorman at the Block Museum

IDEA: An exhibition of Charlotte Moorman and the Avant-Garde in the 1960s–1980s.

WHAT: This exhibition at the Block Museum replaces the indelible image of Charlotte Moorman (1933-1991)—playing the cello topless save for a pair of strapped-on miniature television sets—with a more complex but equally powerful portrait of the girl from Little Rock, Arkansas, who metamorphosed into a seminal and barrier-breaking figure in music inspired performance art and an impresario of the postwar avant-garde.

WHY: She was a groundbreaking, rule-bending artist, musician, and advocate for the experimental art of her time. She had an important role in the history of sound art and music related contemporary art.

BY: Block Museum from Jan 16, 2016 until July 17, 2016.

VIA: #MakingWaves blog by #SOLOMusicGallery

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Author of Astonishment: Charlotte Moorman at the Block Museum

Author of Astonishment: Charlotte Moorman at the Block Museum

Charlotte Moorman, Neon Cello, 1989

Charlotte Moorman performs Nam June Paik's 'TV Cello', wearing TV Glasses, New York, 1971

Charlotte Moorman performs Jim McWilliams's 'The Intravenous Feeding of Charlotte Moorman', New York, 1972

Charlotte Moorman performs Nam June Paik's 'TV Bed, Bochum Art Week', Bochum, West Germany, 1973

Charlotte Moorman performs Jim McWilliams's 'Ice Music for Sydney', New South Wales, 1976

Charlotte Moorman performs John Cage's '26'1.1499 Charlotte Moorman performs John Cage's '26'1.1499" for a String Player', Chicago, 1969