Performing John Cage
Emily Liebert, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Painting and Sculpture
Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 12:00–1:00 p.m.
Bauhaus staircase, second floor
In 1952 John Cage premiered his influential “silent” composition 4'33". Today 4'33" is recognized for upending traditional notions and structures of music and for opening up the possibilities of how we can fill space with sound emanating from chance, experimentation, and the surrounding audience and environment. In 1963, Cage debuted an interpretation of the composer Erik Satie's Vexations by having performers repeat the motif 840 times, as per Satie's original manuscript. In this series of performances, held in conjunction with the exhibition There Will Never Be Silence: Scoring John Cage’s 4'33", artists, musicians, and MoMA staff members activate these two compositions in their own ways. Performers include Martha Wilson, Michael Smith, Geoffrey Hendricks, Lizzi Bougatsos, Serra Sabuncuoglu, and others.
In conjunction with the exhibition There Will Never Be Silence: Scoring John Cage's 4'33"
These programs are free with Museum admission and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.