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John Cage Trust Now at Bard

Post by Ralph » Sat Mar 17, 2007 8:13 am

John Cage Trust Moves to Bard College
By Nicholas Beard
MusicalAmerica.com
March 16, 2007


President Leon Botstein has put another feather in an already well-plumed hat and gotten the John Cage Trust and all its holdings moved to Bard College, where he is president. The Trust, which oversees Cage’s works and performances, is to be called the John Cage Trust at Bard College effective as of its move in the spring.

Longtime Trust executive director and former Cage assistant Dr. Laura Kuhn will remain in her post; she will also join the faculty as the John Cage Professor of Performance Arts at Bard. The school has established a conservatory of music, under Robert Martin.

Emphasizing the importance of Cage’s work and its impact on the arts of the 20th-century, Botstein called the Trust “an extraordinary asset” and promised to make its holdings accessible to both members of the Bard community and the general public. Kuhn called Bard the “perfect setting” for the Trust, especially for the school’s “profound interest in and commitment to contemporary culture.”

Previously, the Cage Trust had been housed in the Archive Building in the West Village in Manhattan; after 9/11 Kuhn and the Trust moved to Phoenix, Arizona. Cage's other major collections reside at Northwestern University, Wesleyan University and the University of California.
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Re: John Cage Trust Now at Bard

Post by Opus132 » Sun Mar 18, 2007 7:36 pm

Ralph wrote: Emphasizing the importance of Cage’s work and its impact on the arts of the 20th-century
Such as?

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Post by jbuck919 » Sun Mar 18, 2007 8:26 pm

The thought occurred to me that the appropriate place for this treasure-trove would be 4' 33" somewhere. So I went to zero degrees latitude, zero longitude, and 4' 33" in every direction is somewhere in the Gulf of Guinea off the west coast of Africa. In other words, Davy Jones' Locker. Appropriate, no?

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Re: John Cage Trust Now at Bard

Post by pizza » Mon Mar 19, 2007 4:11 am

Opus132 wrote:
Ralph wrote: Emphasizing the importance of Cage’s work and its impact on the arts of the 20th-century
Such as?
"John Cage’s work and ideas influenced and involved practitioners in all the arts including Karlheinz Stockhausen and Morton Feldman. His decades-long collaboration with dancer/choreographer Merce Cunningham had an enormous impact on the world of modern dance. There really isn’t any area of artmaking that wasn’t influenced by Cage’s work to some degree. We’ll look at Cage’s writings, music and visual art. We’ll also discuss who influenced him as well as who he influenced. Cage lived for most of the twentieth-century and the broad range of his work and interests reads, looks and sounds as diverse as the century he lived in."

See: http://music.unm.edu/courses/music584/2 ... llabus.php

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Post by Dalibor » Mon Mar 19, 2007 11:44 am

Isn't John Cage functioning more like a pop star than a composer? Much talk and media space for him, much "influence", but his music is not making true impression on audiences

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Post by jbuck919 » Mon Mar 19, 2007 3:15 pm

Dalibor wrote:Isn't John Cage functioning more like a pop star than a composer? Much talk and media space for him, much "influence", but his music is not making true impression on audiences
I think Pizza had the most balanced remark. Cage is an important figure in intellectual and artistic history no matter what one might think of his muic. And of course, if I understand correctly, this is an archive of Cage's meta-cultural contribution, if you will. I wasn't seriously suggesting that it should be deep-sixed.

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Re: John Cage Trust Now at Bard

Post by Corlyss_D » Mon Mar 19, 2007 3:47 pm

Opus132 wrote:
Ralph wrote: Emphasizing the importance of Cage’s work and its impact on the arts of the 20th-century
Such as?
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Another Post of the Day Award to ya, Opie.

I would offer up that he revitalized the value of silence in what passes for modern Classical Music.
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Re: John Cage Trust Now at Bard

Post by Corlyss_D » Mon Mar 19, 2007 3:52 pm

pizza wrote: See: http://music.unm.edu/courses/music584/2004/08/31/syllabus.php
It's thought, to the academic and sometimes the critical world, to be a sin to try to write music that the public can actually respond to. - Columbia University report on the state of classical music, 1998.
John wrote:Cage is an important figure in intellectual and artistic history no matter what one might think of his muic. And of course, if I understand correctly, this is an archive of Cage's meta-cultural contribution, if you will. I wasn't seriously suggesting that it should be deep-sixed.
Well, if he were a literary figure, or even a musical one, I might think that was possible. He sought recognition in music; some aver he even achieved it. I think deep-sixing would be the kindest thing one could do for him and our posterity.
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