Cage 'Performed' at Tampa Museum of Art

Mar 08, 2012 4:01 am
[caption id="" align="alignright" width="220" caption="John Cage, from Wikipedia."][/caption]"John Cage 33 1/3 - Performed by Audience" at the Tampa Museum of Art is one of the many exhibits this year to celebrate what would have been the composer's 100th birthday. The show, which opened January 28 and is open until May 6, looks at one of the last century's major art figures, and certainly among the most influential radio artists ever. "Conceived in 1969 as an 'audience participation' work, John Cage’s original 'score' simply stipulated that the gallery be filled with about a dozen record players and two- to three-hundred vinyl records. Museum visitors were encouraged to act as DJs and create a musical mix by playing records freely and thus performing the work," according to the Tampa Museum description. Guest curator Jade Dellinger said, “when the work was first installed at the University of California in Davis, a local record store graciously volunteered the hundreds of necessary records. However, as Cage never discussed condition or specified titles, the store promptly sent over the most common and undesirable, damaged and utterly unsalable records in their inventory.” At this show, art stars such as Yoko Ono, Christian Marclay, and Kingston, New York's Pauline Oliveros, are joined by pop stars such as Jack White, David Byrne, and Jad Fair choosing the records for the show. See more about "John Cage 33 1/3 - Performed by Audience" at the Tampa Museum of Art website.