Richard Kostelanetz lecture at the Cage Symposium at Wesleyan University: "The anarchist art of the polyartist", 1988-02-24
NamesMerce Cunningham Dance Company (Associated name)Kostelanetz, Richard (Speaker)Wesleyan University (Middletown, Conn.) (Host)
Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection. Audio materials
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1988-02-24
Library locationsRodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded SoundShelf locator: *LTC-A 1661
TopicsCage, JohnCage, John -- HPSCHDCage, John -- RoaratorioJoyce, James, 1882-1941 -- Finnegans wakeKostelanetz, Richard -- Conversing with CageMoholy-Nagy, László, 1895-1946Aleatory music -- History and criticismArt and music
NotesContent: Contains Richard Kostelanetz's lecture at Wesleyan University as part of the Cage Symposium celebrating John Cage's 75th birthday.Content: Title, speaker, date, and location provided by cataloger based on handwritten and typed notes on original container and cassette, and audition.Content: Handwritten note on original container: "Cage Symposium ; Richard Kostelanetz - T2". Typed note on original cassette: "Cage Symposium 2/24/88 ; Lecture - Richard Kostelanetz ; Wesleyan University ; Middletown, CT ; COPY".Venue: Recorded at Wesleyan University in, Middletown, Connecticut, 1988 February 24.Acquisition: Gift; Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation, 2011-2012.Citation/reference: Forms part of the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection.
Physical DescriptionAudiocassetteExtent: 1 audiocassette (66 minutes) : analogSound quality is mostly good; the speaker is recorded at a distance from the microphone but is clearly audible.
DescriptionStreaming file 1, side 1: Unidentified speaker briefly introduces Richard Kostelanetz, ca. 0:00-0:16; Richard Kostelanetz remarks on the initiative of Wesleyan University to offer tenure to "Cageians" as well as the University's support of experimental musicians; he speaks about coining the term "polyartists" and defines it; his book on [László] Moholy-Nagy [Moholy-Nagy, New York: Praeger, 1970]; he lists those figures he considers to be "polyartists" as well as related artistic movements; Moholy-Nagy's artistic works and style [in relation to a slideshow displaying Moholy-Nagy's art]; he highlights a work by Moholy-Nagy from 1945 that responds to James Joyce's Finnegans wake; he relates the artistic forms of John Cage with those of Moholy-Nagy as non-centered and non-hierarchical; [ca. 20:48-22:12, plays excerpt from The 25-Year retrospective concert of the music of John Cage (1958), performance recording of Cage's Construction in metal (1939)]; he continues to speak about "Cageian" structure; [ca. 23:35-24:48, excerpt from Cage's Williams mix on The 25-Year retrospective concert of the music of John Cage]; several drawings by Cage that relate to Cage's music scores; Earle [Browne?], from the audience, tells a brief anecdote about the drawing; Kostelanetz continues to speak about the design of Cage's musical scores; [ca. 27:23-28:31, excerpt of Atlas eclipticalis (1961) played with Winter music (1957)]; attending the premiere performance of Cage's HPSCHD (1969) at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana; [ca. 30:15-31:34, excerpt of Cage's HPSCHD]; Cage's "plexigram" sculptures, Not wanting to say anything about Marcel (1969); briefly, Cage's experimental writings, including A year from Monday [: New Lectures and Writings, Connecticut: Wesleyan University Press, 1967]; Cage's use of chance methods; the non-hierarchical structure of Cage's Notations, [New York: Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, 1969]; Cage's mesostic poetry; [ca. 39:33-40:22, excerpt from Cage's Mureau (1970)]; briefly, Cage's use of Henry David Thoreau's text for Mureau, and the subsequent, Empty words (1973-1978); [ca. 40:55-42:18, excerpt from Empty words, part 4 (1974)]; Kostelanetz describes Cage's reworkings of Finnegans wake, especially Roaratorio (1979); [ca. 43:18-45:07, excerpt from Roaratorio]; briefly, his assertion of Cage as a polyartist; he reads from a statement by Jackson Mac Low; ends abruptly.Streaming file 2, side 2: Begins abruptly, Richard Kostelanetz continues to read from a statement by Jackson Mac Low; he speaks about the ways in which John Cage's egalitarian politics are expressed in the form of his works; the Living Theatre's play Paradise now (1968) in comparison with Cage's works; a brief statement on Cage by Morton Feldman; Kostelanetz speaks about his admiration of Cage and his recent book: Conversing with Cage [New York: Limelight Editions, 1988]; he reads passages from the last chapter in Conversing with Cage to illustrate Cage's ethos about art and politics, especially in relation to anarchist politics of the 1930s; [ca. 15:37, audience applause]; [ca. 16:27-19:36, question and answer session with the audience]; ends abruptly.
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 933583031NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20868033Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): fc3b28c0-b94f-0133-83ab-3c07547a230f
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