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Symposium: Performed in the Present Tense (April 8-9, 2016)

"Performed in the Present Tense" is a free two-day symposium that investigates the contemporary legacy of Charlotte Moorman’s performances and her dedication to creating forums for experimental, collaborative, and boundary-breaking artistic practices. 
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A Feast of Astonishments: Emerging Scholars Symposium (April 29, 2016)

Six PhD candidates from programs across the country present papers on Charlotte Moorman’s life and work, her various collaborations, and the larger impact of her creative vision on artistic practice from the 1960s to the present.

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Storytelling Performance: Shoes of Your Choice (May 10-11, 2016)

In conjunction with Evanston Literary Week (May 11-18, 2016) this two night storytelling event will recreate Alison Knowles classic Fluxus work Shoes of Your Choice (1963).
Myrtil Mitanga Performs Nam Jun Paik

Feast of Astonishments Opening Program: Myrtil Mitanga Performs Nam Jun Paik

Nam Jun Paik's "One for Violin Solo" (1962), performed by Myrtil Mitanga, Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music, Class of 2017.

Feast of Astonishments Opening Program: Joan Rothfuss

Feast of Astonishments Opening Program: Joan Rothfuss

Independent art historian and critic Joan Rothfuss tells three stories about Charlotte Moorman's life.
Feast of Astonishments Opening Program: Drake Driscoll performs Takehisa Kosugi

Feast of Astonishments Opening Program: Drake Driscoll performs Takehisa Kosugi

Takehisa Kosugi's "Chamber Music" (1962), performed by Drake Driscoll, Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music, Class of 2018.

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Feast of Astonishments Opening Program: Riana Anthony Performs Morton Feldman

Morton Feldman's "Projection One" (1950), performed by Riana Anthony, Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music, Master of Music, Class of 2017. 
Feast of Astonishments Opening Program: Artist Roundtable

Feast of Astonishments Opening Program: Artist Roundtable

A roundtable discussion of Annual New York Avant Garde Festivals, featuring Carolee Schneeman, Alison Knowles, Jim McWilliams, Sandra Binion, and Andrew Gurian.

Feast of Astonishments Opening Program: Barbara Moore

Feast of Astonishments Opening Program: Barbara Moore

Lecture by independent art scholar Barbara Moore: "Speed-Dating the Avant-Garde: 15 Festivals in 30 Minutes."