Winter 2016 Events

Feast of Astonishments OPENING PROGRAM AND CELEBRATION

Saturday, January 16 Program and performances, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall: 1:30pm Exhibition viewing, Block Museum: 10:00am–6:00pm

An ASTONISHING artist deserves an ASTONISHING celebration! Join us for a feast of performances, conversations, and presentations.  Discover why Charlotte Moorman was called both the Joan of Arc of New Music and the Topless Cellist. Meet artists who participated in Moorman’s Annual Avant Garde Festivals.  Experience experimental performances of works by John Cage and Nam June Paik.

This program is presented in partnership with the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University and co-sponsored by the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities.

GALLERY TALK: Charlotte Moorman and the Avant-Garde

Thursday, January 28, 6:00pm Block Museum

Exhibition curators discuss the bold, barrier-breaking musician and performance artist whose Annual Avant Garde Festivals made experimental art accessible to all.

CONVERSATION AND PERFORMANCE: Choreographer Simone Forti: Thinking with the Body

Monday, February 1, 6:00pm The GYM at 640 Lincoln St. (Art Theory & Practice Building)

Renowned experimental dancer, choreographer, and writer Simone Forti will discuss the relationship between dance and language, quotidian movement and performance in an interview with Amanda Jane Graham, Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Dance Studies. A student performance of Huddle (1961), Forti’s seminal work, will be included in the program.

This program is co-sponsored by the Departments of Art History, Art Theory & Practice, and Performance Studies; the Dance Program, Mellon Dance Studies, and the Poetry & Poetics Colloquium.

LECTURE DEMONSTRATION: Dear George...Love, Charlotte: Fluxus in the Annual Avant Garde Festivals

Wednesday, February 10, 6:00pm Block Museum

Fluxus historian Simon Anderson will discuss the antics and perform some of the works of Fluxus artists in the Annual Avant Garde Festivals.

PERFORMANCE: Tomeka Reid

Wednesday, February 17, 7:00pm Block Museum

Acclaimed Chicago-based cellist, composer and educator Tomeka Reid, whose work parallels Charlotte Moorman’s in its classical and experimental scope, performs live in conjunction with A Feast of Astonishments. This program is co-sponsored by the Black Arts Initiative

DEPARTMENT OF ART HISTORY ELIZABETH AND TODD WARNOCK LECTURE SERIES: Timothy Ingold

Wednesday, February 24, 5:00pm Block Museum

In this lecture, Timothy Ingold formulates an alternative to occidental aesthetics by drawing on the knowledge and experience of indigenous peoples of the circumpolar North. Here, beauty is found in the movements of skilled practitioners who respond fluently, with sensitivity and precision, to the nuances of their relationships with human and non-human others. Ingold is Chair of Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. This program is organized by Northwestern’s Department of Art History.

LECTURE DEMONSTRATION: Moorman, Cage, and the Avant-Garde

Wednesday, March 2, 6:00pm Block Museum

Using Charlotte Moorman’s annotated copy of John Cage’s 26’1.1499” for a String Player, musicologist Ben Piekut and Jason Rosenholtz-Witt, Northwestern PhD candidate in musicology, and his colleagues will enlighten Moorman’s unique approach through conversation and performance. This program is presented in partnership with the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University.

PERFORMANCE: The Avant-Garde and the Politics of Music

Thursday, March 10 6:30pm, Block Museum 7:30pm, Shirley Welsh Ryan Opera Theater in the Ryan Center for the Musical Arts

Charlotte Moorman, like many other artists used her art to respond to current events and issues. Join the Block and the Contemporary Music Ensemble for an evening of socially-engaged performance. This program is presented in partnership with the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University.

SYMPOSIUM: Performed in the Present Tense Friday, April 8, 7:00-9:00pm, The GYM at 640 Lincoln St. (Art Theory & Practice Building)

Saturday, April 9, 10:00am–5:00pm

Block Museum This two-day symposium will investigate the contemporary legacy of Charlotte Moorman and challenge the ongoing discourse on performance in art museums and galleries. It features artists, curators, and scholars who have engaged with (re) performance, performance scores, and the curating of performance art—including artist-choreographer Brendan Fernandes, curator Travis Chamberlain (The New Museum), and curator Jenny Schlenzka (MoMA PS1). This program is co-sponsored by Northwestern’s Departments of Art History, Art Theory & Practice, and Performance Studies; the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities; the Dance Program; and Mellon Dance Studies.