All Things Cage: Laura Kuhn Introduces John Cage Reading "Time (Three Autokus)" (1988) (Audio)

Jan 22, 2022
Hosted by Laura Kuhn, Executive Director of the John Cage Trust.

In April of 1988, the Neuberger Museum at the State University in Purchase presented its seventh series of Leonard C. Yaseen Lectures, the year’s chosen speakers addressing the subject of “time” from three different perspectives. On April 10, Murray Gell-Mann, 1969 Nobel Prize winner and professor of theoretical physics at the California Institute of Technology, spoke about quarks, the postulated particles, and on April 17, the noted Peruvian novelist and literary critic Mario Vargas Llosa, spoke on ''Time in Relation to the Contemporary Novel.'' Lastly, on April 24, John Cage delivered his newly completed three-part mesostic poem entitled Time (Three Autokus), which consisted of three distinct poems based on source texts by Jasper Johns, R. Buckminster Fuller, and the opening paragraph from his own “Rhythm, Etc.,” which appeared in his book A Year from Monday, published in 1967. Cage’s Time (Three Autokus) appears in Musik-Konzepte Sonderband John Cage II, edited by Heinz-Klaus Metzger and Rainer Riehn (Munich: Text und Kritik, 1990) as well as in John Cage: Writer: Previously Uncollected Pieces, edited by Richard Kostelanetz (New York: Limelight, 1993).