breakfast of champions
Thursday started with the grand preview of the Kitchen at the Museum's mushroom breakfast, graced by the ever insightful Frans van Rossum. Frans told us all about the Cagean way of doing things while we scarfed down eight different kinds of mushroom prepared in breakfast dishes sure to delight.
The Mobile Museum of Art's revival of 'Rolywholyover A Circus' proved baffling as we watched Chief Curator Paul Richelson, Donan Klooz and staff climb ladders wielding tape measures, making no decisions of their own but rather hanging and rehanging works at the dictation of a complex system of chance.
the moldy mandala
Next it was off to the Botanical gardens for a fungi hunt and impromptu sculpture executed by the University of South Alabama's Sculpture Department.
Then we were off the Springhill University's campus for a 'Happening' by Saha Shirazi. A life sized game of chess quickly escalated into a battle of the ages with cannon fire streamers, party hats donned as metallic war helmets, and full body balloon popping.
Julie Lazar, who collaborated with Cage to create 'Rolywholyover A Circus' for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, 1992, gave an illustrated talk on Cage's history, legacy, and personal impact in her life.
reading between the stanzas
The evening was finished by an stunning performance of John Cage original works at the Laidlaw center for the performing arts, led by Luis Rivera and USA's percussion ensemble. Fantastic job guys!
WHO ARE THE COLLABORATORS?
MMofA - The Rumor Union - Mobile Arts Council - Centre for the Living Arts - Mobile Botanical Gardens - Mobile Japanese Gardens - Mobile Symphony Orchestra - University of South Alabama art, music, & english depts - Spring Hill College art and music depts - Portal Studios - Crescent Theater - Alabama School of Mathematics & Science Chess Team - Eastern Shore Art Center - USA Dance Team - Frans van Rossum - As well as countless individuals devoted to making our city a better place to live
Who is John Cage?
Composer John Cage challenged our very idea of music, renegotiated the role of the artist in the community, and unraveled all expectation of what determines art. His long-standing commitment to chance operations as a means to removing personal ego, led to an inclusive and highly collaborative relationship with not only other artists, but the community as a whole. As a result, he broadened the field, tore down barriers between art, music and life, and expanded our idea of what it is to listen.