Interview with Hardy Fox,1990-01uu

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Interview with Hardy Fox,1990-01uu
Additional title: Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection
Fox, Hardy (Interviewee)
Caplan, Elliot (Interviewer)
Caplan, Elliot (Photographer)

Merce Cunningham Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1990-01
Place: Grand Dairy Restaurant, New York City
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 5047
Fox, Hardy
Residents (Musical group)
Filmed interviews
Content: Title provided by cataloger, based on original container label and research.
Acquisition: Gift; Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation, 2011-2012.
Citation/reference: Forms part of the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 videocassette (Video8) (51 min) :sound, color; 8mm
Fox first discusses his and The Residents initial exposure to John Cages compositions, as well as The Residents incorporation of elements of Cage pieces into their works. Fox then speaks about the genesis of The Residents and the collectives artistic philosophy (3:20). Following this, he discusses their then gestating work, which eventually became The Residents Part 3: Ships A Goin Down, and muses on the possibility of a collaboration with Cage as part of the series (5:20). This is followed by a consideration of the role of rhythm, time, linearity and American musical history in The Residents output (11:20). This grows into a consideration of the groups use of technology in terms of musical instruments and other creative materials. (20:00). This is followed by a question about the members musical training and background (21:33). Recurrent themes and motifs in The Residents work are then discussed (22:11). The evolution of the collectives attitude toward and relation with the conventional music industry , method of album production and ethos of public performance is then explored (24:50). This becomes a discussion of critical response to the groups current appearances in Cube-E, a show riffing on Elvis Presley and rock music (30:30). The Residents response to then current music and musical performers, particularly Michael Jackson, is next discussed (33:15). Following this, Fox sums up John Cages influence on music. (37:05) Fox and interviewer Elliot Caplan discuss the role of integrity in sustaining careers in the arts (38:52). The two men then consider the impact of the dance portion in Cube-E (44:40). The remainder of the material consists of interior and exterior footage of the Grand Street Dairy restaurant where the interview took place, and the surrounding Lower East side neighborhood (46:49).
Type of Resource
Moving image
RLIN/OCLC: 950971784
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20970103
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 53f84e00-2d78-0137-93e0-02b3b7ceffa7
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Item timeline of events

  • 1990: Created
  • 2019: Digitized
  • 2019: Found by you!
  • 2020

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Hardy Fox,1990-01uu" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1990.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Hardy Fox,1990-01uu" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed September 16, 2019.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1990). Interview with Hardy Fox,1990-01uu Retrieved from

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Interview with Hardy Fox,1990-01uu