The Block Muse

"A Feast of Astonishments": Opening Week Events

The Block Museum at Northwestern will host a series of FREE public events in celebration of the opening of the exhibition A Feast of Astonishments: Charlotte Moorman and the Avant-Garde, 1960s–1980s.

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A Feast of Astonishments: Opening Program and Celebration
Saturday, January 16 - Free Public Event
Program and performances, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall: 1:30pm
Exhibition viewing, Block Museum: 10:00am–6:00pm

An ASTONISHING artist deserves an ASTONISHING celebration!
Join us for a feast of presentations, conversations, and performances:


Joan Rothfuss, independent writer, art historian, and critic (author of Topless Cellist: The Improbable Life of Charlotte Moorman), will shed light on why Moorman was such an influential figure who brought new, experimental art to the masses.

Barbara Moore, an independent scholar of seminal late 20th-century art alternatives such as performance and artists books. She was the first editor at Dick Higgins’s legendary Something Else Press, a rare-book dealer for thirty years specializing in printed manifestations of the avant-garde, and has written and lectured extensively on these subjects. For more than 50 years she has managed the vast Peter Moore photographic archive and is currently writing a book about the archive and its role in the historical documentation of performance art.


A roundtable discussion of Annual New York Avant Garde Festivals will be moderated by Hannah Higgins, professor of art history at University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and feature Sandra Binion, Chicago-based video artist and performer; Andrew Gurian, filmmaker and video artist; Alison Knowles, multi-media Fluxus artist; Jim McWilliams, who designed most of the posters for the Avant Garde Festivals; and Carolee Schneemann, multidisciplinary artist who transformed the discourse on the body, sexuality, and gender.


Takehisa Kosugi. Chamber Music
Performed by Drake Driscoll, Bienen School of Music student
Morton Feldman. Projection One
Performed by Riana Anthony, Bienen School of Music student
John Cage. Cello Etude Boreales, no. 1
Performed by Drake Driscoll, Bienen School of Music student
Nam Jun Paik. One for Violin Solo
Performed by Myrtil Mitanga, Bienen School of Music student

This program is presented in partnership with the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University and co-sponsored by the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities.

Please click here for a complete list of FREE public programs and performances at the Block Museum