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John Cage. Photo by Betty Freeman. Courtesy of the John Cage Trust

Modern Poets: John Cage Day

Part of MoMA's John Cage Day

Thursday, August 9, 2012, 12:00 p.m.

The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, first floor, exterior



Celebrate the centenary of legendary artist, composer, philosopher, and writer John Cage with a series of readings, performances, musical compositions, and personal reflections by poets, writers, musicians, and scholars. Participants include writer and editor Richard Kostelantez; Joan Retallack, poet, essayist, critic, and John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of Humanities at Bard College; pianist and toy-piano virtuoso Margaret Leng Tan; and poet, editor, and curator Roger van Voorhees. Throughout the day in the Museum’s public spaces, listen for soprano Catherine Hancock as she performs John Cage's Aria (1958). In the evening (at 6:30 p.m.), enjoy John Cage-composed and Cage-inspired percussion music during MoMA Nights, when Third Coast Percussion presents Revolution: The Cage Century.

This event is part of MoMA's John Cage Day, celebrating the centenary of legendary artist, composer, philosopher, and writer John Cage with a series of readings, performances, musical compositions, and personal reflections by poets, writers, musicians, and scholars. See all events here.

Revitalizing Frank O'Hara's legacy and MoMA's historical commitment to poetry, this series invites poets and performers to bring the literary tradition to the Museum's collection. They read historical works and their own work that reflects on modern and contemporary art.

Free with Museum admission.