A Feast of Astonishments:

Charlotte Moorman and the Avant-Garde, 1960s–1980s

September 8–December 10, 2016

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

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Past Programs

Nov 15, 2016 | 07:30 pm - 09:00 pm

Peter Moore’s film Stockhausen’s Originale: Doubletakes documents the 1964 U.S. premiere production of Originale, a happening by German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen. It was filmed during two performances at Judson Hall in New York, produced by Norman Seaman and Charlotte Moorman. These took place as part of the 2nd Annual New York Avant Garde Festival. The […]

Film Screening<br/>Breaking the Frame
Nov 02, 2016 | 06:30 pm - 08:30 pm

Breaking the Frame (Marielle Nitoslawska, 2012, 100 min.) This documentary profiles Carolee Schneemann, a pioneer of performance, body art, and avant-garde cinema, as well as a participant in Moorman’s festivals. Schneeman’s own collaged and diaristic approach to cinema is mirrored in Nitoslawska’s intimate portrait of her. With an introduction and Q & A by B. Ruby […]

Panel<br>Transformations of Performance/Art in the Fluxus Decades and Beyond
Oct 24, 2016 | 06:30 pm - 08:30 pm

Moderated by Julia Robinson, associate professor of Art History, NYU, with speakers Claire Bishop, professor of Contemporary Art, The Graduate Center, CUNY; Sabine Breitwieser, director, Museum der Moderne Salzburg; Branden W. Joseph, Frank Gallipoli Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art, Columbia University; and Midori Yoshimoto, professor of Art History and gallery director, New Jersey City […]

Gallery Conversation and Performance
Oct 13, 2016 | 06:30 pm - 08:00 pm

The program includes “A New Look at Music,” a talk by Joel Chadabe, composer and professor of Music Technology (Steinhardt), NYU, and a series of performances: John Cage, Williams Mix, presented by Joel Chadabe; Earle Brown, Synergy, performed by Madeleine Shapiro, cello, and Catherine Hancock, voice; and Earle Brown, December 1952, performed by Madeleine Shapiro, […]

Conversation<br/>Baring It: Self-Exposure in Feminist Performance
Oct 06, 2016 | 07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

In this roundtable conversation, artists Karen Finley and Narcissister will join Barbara Browning, associate professor of Performance Studies, NYU, to discuss continuing debates around self-exposure in women’s art. What power—and what risk—does one assume in baring oneself in artistic practice, or in inviting others to do so? How much has changed in the half century between […]

Panel<br/>A Moorman-Eye View of New York’s Changing Avant-Gardism
Sep 29, 2016 | 07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

Panel discussion moderated by Hannah B Higgins, professor of Art History, University of Illinois at Chicago, with speakers Saisha Grayson, PhD candidate, The Graduate Center, CUNY; Sophie Landres, PhD candidate, Stony Brook University; and Joan Rothfuss, author of Topless Cellist: The Improbable Life of Charlotte Moorman (MIT Press, 2014). These scholars—all specialists  in Charlotte Moorman’s […]

Film Screening<br/>Jud Yalkut, Charlotte Moorman, and Their Circle
Sep 22, 2016 | 07:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Program 1 features short films by Jud Yalkut—a pivotal force in the avant-garde scene in the 1960s and ’70s, intermedia artist, and video pioneer—featuring John Cage, Yayoi Kusama, Timothy Leary, Carolee Schneemann, and others. Program 2 documents Moorman’s festivals of 1966 and 1969, with artists such as Joseph Beuys, Allan Kaprow, Alison Knowles, and Shigeko […]

Lecture<br/>Speed-Dating the Avant-Garde: 15 Festivals in 45 Minutes
Sep 15, 2016 | 07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

In this slide lecture, Barbara Moore — independent scholar, a close associate of Moorman’s, and director of the Peter Moore archive — mines the archive for never-before-seen and rarely-seen photographs chronicling the avant-garde festivals Moorman organized between 1963 and 1980. Co-sponsored by NYU’s Departments of Art History (CAS) and Photography & Imaging (TSOA), and Grey […]

Panel<br/>Experimental Music and Interdisciplinary Arts: Explorations on the Edge
Sep 14, 2016 | 07:30 pm - 09:00 pm

Panel discussion and performance moderated by Joan La Barbara, composer, performer, sound artist, and faculty member, NYU Music Composition (Steinhardt), with speakers David Behrman, composer; Ed Friedman, poet, writer, former director of the Poetry Project, St. Mark’s; Alison Knowles, interdisciplinary artist and founding member of Fluxus; and Carolee Schneemann, multidisciplinary artist. Speakers will discuss experimental music and […]

Sep 14, 2016 | 07:30 pm - 09:30 pm

  Experimental Music and Interdisciplinary Arts: Explorations on the Edge Wednesday, September 14, 7:30 pm Black Box Theater, Pless Hall, 82 Washington Square East (enter at 28 Washington Place)   Panel discussion moderated by Joan La Barbara, composer, performer, and faculty member, Music Composition (Steinhardt), NYU, with David Behrman, composer; and Alison Knowles and Carolee […]

Sep 08, 2016 | 12:00 am - 12:00 am

Related Exhibition Don’t Throw Anything Out: Charlotte Moorman’s Archive September 8–December 10, 2016 The Fales Library, Tracey/Barry Gallery Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, Third Floor   Charlotte Moorman (1933–1991) was a groundbreaking, rule-bending artist, musician, and advocate for the experimental art of her time. Trained as a classical cellist, she both performed […]