John Cage: "Here Comes Everybody: Overpopulation and Art"

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Marta Sutton Weeks Distinguished Visitor

In celebration of John Cage's 80th birthday, the Center sponsored a week-long residency that included an exhibition of Cage's prints, two panel discussions of his work, the delivery of an original lecture, a "Musicircus," and two evening performances of Cage's music.

The week began with a reception in the Art department for the exhibition of Cage prints entitled "John Cage: Prints from Crown Point Press and Other Works." Kathan Brown, director of Crown Point, held a public discussion with John Cage on his print-making activities. This dialogue was preceded by a multi-media video event composed by Matthew Causey from the Drama department, and was followed by a performance of Cage's piece "27' 10.554" for a Percussionist."

Scholarly papers were presented at panel discussions under two rubrics: "The Making of Americans" which examined the American intellectual traditions from which Cage emerged and to which he contributed, and "Poethics," an exploration of the relationship between art and ethics in Cage's work.

Two concerts concluded the week of Cage festivities.