Tuesday, January 26, 2016

A Feast of Astonishments: Charlotte Moorman and the Avant-Garde, 1960s–1980s -

A Feast of Astonishments: Charlotte Moorman and the Avant-Garde, 1960s–1980s - 

One of my very favorite artists -- she participated in Fluxus and worked with John Cage, Nam June Paik especially and others... 
I Love Charlotte Moorman.

In January 2016, the Block Museum will (Northwestern University in Chicago) open the first major exhibition exploring the art and impact of Charlotte Moorman—a musician, performance artist and advocate of the avant-garde. The exhibition will consider her life, her work, her influence, and the vast network of artists across creative fields who were her collaborators in the 1960s through 1980. -

The Block Museum’s upcoming exhibition goes deeper to examine Moorman as a leading international figure of a seminal period of experimental art.

The exhibition will feature original sculptures, photographs, video art works, installations, newly discovered props and costumes for performance art works, annotated music scores, archival materials, film clips and audio recordings. Many of these objects will be drawn from a one-of-a-kind archival resource held at Northwestern University Library, the Charlotte Moorman Archive, acquired by the Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections in 2001.

Sunday, January 10, 2016


EXTRAORDINARY FILM. We (my Intermedia Art class at Cornell College) went to see her at the Englert Theatre two years ago - the "show" was free and open to anyone. She did not "perform" in her usual way, instead she was just herself, vulnerable and open. If I had to sum up what we witnessed it was Laurie Anderson is her process-mode - thinking, creating, letting her audience in on how she makes her work. She showed us snippets of this film, Heart of a Dog.

My friend Rene and I saw this film late last year, 2015, at our local independent film house - FilmScene. When you get the chance to see it - do. It is very experimental, nonlinear and personal, but universal in her topics. Death...storytelling...and intimacy -- what a film...!

Here is a good interview with her and Terri Gross.