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