Cage on Cage: an interview
September 28, 2012, 7pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
New York University
19 West 4th Street, Room 101 (map)
The Department of Art History at New York University in conjunction with the Norte Maar and Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) centennial series Cage Transmitted, present a premiere screening of Virginia Dwan’s video portrait Cage on Cage: An Interview. Filmed in 1982, This will be the first public screening of this never before seen interview with the composer and artist John Cage.
Cage on Cage was conceived and produced by Virginia Dwan, the pioneering gallery director, and directed by Barry Harris. Filmed in New York in 1982, immediately following a reading by Cage of his radio play James Joyce, Marcel Duchamp, Eric Satie: An Alphabet, this extraordinary interview provides rare and intimate access to the attitudes, philosophy and political mind of John Cage. This will be the first time this interview has ever been screened publicly.
The evening will begin with a brief reception during which segments from John Cage reading his original play James Joyce, Marcel Duchamp, Eric Satie: An Alphabet will be screened on monitors before entering the theater.
John Cage (1912-1992) defined a radical practice of composition that changed the course of modern music and shaped a new conceptual horizon for postwar art. Famous for his use of chance and a profound conception of “silence” in musical works, a pioneer in electronic music and the nonstandard use of instruments, Cage was one of the most influential composers of the twentieth century whose work has lost none of its relevance in the 21st.
Virginia Dwan is an American art collector, patron and philanthropist. She is the visionary and founder of the Dwan Light Sanctuary in Montezuma, New Mexico and the former owner and executive director of Dwan Gallery Los Angeles (1959-1967) and Dwan Gallery New York (1965-1971), a contemporary art gallery closely identified with the American movements of Minimalism, Conceptual Art and Earthworks. She currently lives in New York and Santa Fe, NM.
This program is presented with great pleasure by the Department of Art History at New York University in conjunction with Norte Maar and Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) lecture series “Cage Transmitted,” The Grey Art Gallery at NYU, and the Fine Arts Society of NYU.