Current Exhibits on display throughout Open Book:
January 17 - March 9, 2014
Open Book Lobby Gallery
John Cage (1912–1992) was a pioneer of indeterminacy in music and a leading figure of the post-war avant-garde. Critics have lauded him as one of the most influential American composers of the 20th century. The son of an inventor, Cage spent time in Europe as a young man, absorbing culture and studying with Arnold Schoenberg. He returned to the United States in the 1930s and began composing works for percussion ensembles.
Cage self-defined his career as “an exploration of non-intention” and relentlessly pushed the boundaries of music by injecting randomness and chance operations into his compositions. Many of his pieces were in fact “happenings,” an art form established by Cage and his students in the late 1950s. At that time, Cage taught a series of experimental composition classes at the New School for Social Research in New York. These were attended by such artists as La Monte Young, Allan Kaprow, George Brecht, Dick Higgins and George Maciunas. Many of Cage’s students were later champions of Fluxus, an international network of artists, composers and designers known for blending different artistic media and disciplines. Like Cage, the artists of Fluxus were inspired by serendipity, performance, and the integration of art with everyday life.
This exhibition of select John Cage scores is presented in conjunction with Fluxjob: Purging the World of Bourgeoisie Sickness Since 1963, on view in Minnesota Center for Book Arts’ main gallery from February 7 through July 6. Fluxjob pays tribute to Cage’s influence on the avant-garde by featuring contemporary artists who continue to create interdisciplinary anti-art that is ephemeral, indeterminate and interactive.
Two Generations: Mother & Child
Jeanne L. Bendtsen and Georgia A. Greeley
MCBA Lerner Bindery Gallery
January 17 – March 9, 2014
Reception Sunday, February 9; 1-4pm
Free and open to the public
Come inside out of the cold and join us for a unique celebration of creative work: paintings, books, broadsides and scrolls. One mother and daughter look at the way their work connects and diverges, how it emerges from the past and grows into the future, how it builds on family and book art traditions.
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