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John Cage’s STEPS: A Composition for a Painting, Selected Watercolors, and Ephemera

September 1 through October 21, 2012

Cage, Vorticella

John Cage
Vorticella (For Miles Horton), 1988

Watercolor on paper
30 x 22 in.
Collection of Virginia Tech Foundation, Miles C. Horton Bequest

Cage, Study

John Cage
Study with Notations, Stone 15- Brush 17
, 1988
Signed watercolor
20 x 29.5 in.
Courtesy of Ray Kass

Exhibition Overview

John Cage stands as a uniquely productive and influential figure in relation to American art in the second half of the twentieth century. Known primarily a composer, his idiosyncratic diversity and daring as an artist led him into theater, writing, and visual art. John Cage's STEPS: A Composition for a Painting, Selected Watercolors, and Ephemera includes five enormous watercolor works resulting from Cage's STEPS project and a room showing the progression of graphically inventive musical scores — from original manuscripts through publication including never-before-exhibited items from the archives of Cage's publisher, C.F. Peters Corporation, New York. This exhibition is presented as part of the citywide celebration of the 100th anniversary of his birth.

 


Cunningham, Dancers I

Merce Cunningham and the Merce Cunningham Reperatory Understudy Dance Group with the Mountain Lake Workshop
Dancers I, 2008

Water media on rag paper
141 x 360 in.
Courtesy of Ray Kass

Cunningham, Dancers II

Merce Cunningham and the Merce Cunningham Repertory Understudy Dance Group with the Mountain Lake Workshop
Dancers II, 2008

Water media on rag paper
141 x 360 in.
Courtesy of Ray Kass

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