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All Things Cage: Laura Kuhn Talks with Richard Kraft (Audio)

Dec 25, 2021
Hosted by Laura Kuhn, Executive Director of the John Cage Trust.

Tonight on “All Things Cage” Kuhn talks with Los Angeles and Hudson Valley-based artist Richard Kraft about his new book – or, properly, books – titled It Is What It is: All the Cards Issued to Donald Trump, January 2017-January 2021 (Siglio Press, 2020). By way of introduction to both Kraft and his latest work, Kuhn begins the program by reading Leah Ollman’s excellent review, “A real-time diary that’s a dazzling testament to its subject’s basic incomprehensibility,” which appeared in The Brooklyn Rail‘s Dec. 21-Jan. 22, 2021 issue. Kraft speaks a bit about Cage’s role in the creation of It Is What It Is in his own introduction to the 5-volume slipcase set: having seen/heard an installation of Cage’s Lecture on the Weather with his partner Lisa Pearson, publisher-in-chief of Siglio Press, at the Frith Gallery in London the day after Trump’s election, Kraft felt a most welcome call-to-action that prompted a stunning response. Cage’s “Preface” to Lecture on the Weather is heard at the close of the program.